Both are Cambridge-educated. Mushirul Hasan is a former vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia and a former director-general of the National Archives of India. Sugata Bose, the grand-nephew of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, is the Trinamool MP from Jadavpur (Calcutta) and Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History & Affairs at Harvard University. They take part in a debate moderated by Uttam Sengupta. Excerpts:
How relevant is Nehru to contemporary India? Is there any attempt at diminishing his legacy?
Sugata Bose: Nehru played a key role in institutionalising India’s parliamentary democracy and is relevant to all those who subscribe to democratic values. There is an unfortunate attempt at diminishing his legacy by the current ruling dispensation. However, India had a galaxy of great leaders during the freedom struggle. Earlier regimes were guilty of not giving due recognition to those who did not belong to the Nehru-Gandhi...