There is currently a global debate around the words “nation”, “national”, “nationality” and “nationalism”. Nationality is sometimes being cast in ethno-religious terms, while critics of many dispensations are called “anti-national”. In such an atmosphere, it is more important than ever to understand these terms in their full complexity. Many scholars have recognised that nationalism and nation-states were not timeless notions but emerged in a specific historical period in a particular part of the world. This session unravels these ideas, their origins, their evolution over time, and their specific manifestations in the Indian context.
Private: Christophe Jaffrelot
Christophe Jaffrelot is an author, journalist and an academician. He is Director of research at CERI Sciences Po/ CNRS.