The country has suffered from an epidemic of ‘religious bigotry’ and ‘aggressive nationalism’ before Corona; Hamid Ansari


Former Vice President Hamid Ansari said here on Friday that today the country is under threat from ‘manifest and latent’ views and ideologies which try to divide it based on the imaginary category of ‘us and them’.

Ansari also said that before the Coronavirus crisis, Indian society fell prey to two other pandemics – religious bigotry and aggressive nationalism. At the same time, patriotism is a more positive concept than both because it is militarily and culturally defensible.

He was speaking on the occasion of the digital release of senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s new book, The Battle of Belonging. According to him, even in a short span of four years, India has come from the basic perspective of a liberal nationalism to a new political vision of cultural nationalism which has come home firmly in the public domain.

The former Vice President said, Covid is a pandemic, but before that our society fell victim to two epidemics – religious bigotry and aggressive nationalism. He also said that patriotism is a more positive concept than religious fundamentalism and radical nationalism.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, participating in the discussion during the book release, said In 1947 we had the chance that we would go with Pakistan, but my father and others thought that the principle of two nations was not in our good interest” He says that he is never going to accept the way the current government wants to see the country.


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