Is nationalism itself often a thin, vacuous badge? Does the sedition debate exclude the legitimacy of other opinions? Are we staring at an orchestrated attempt to pounce on anything that doesn’t fit into a fixed template? Are divisive forces cracking up the idea of a liberal, democratic people in dialogue? Is this reminiscent of the Emergency? As these questions sweep college campuses, workspaces and rallies, we look at what some have to say about the idea of India as it unfolds.
The richness of India lies in its diversity. But now the rising fundamentalism around the world is a big threat, and in India too, the Hindutva message of a monolithic society has sparked many fears. The definition of sedition is being misused gravely.