Seeing through the schizophrenic constructs of the Nehruvian state and rediscovering their heritage is the only way for Indians to deal with modernity without losing their distinctness.
In part one of this series of interviews with Professor Bharat Gupt, we discussed his personal journey as an academician and a sadhaka. In this part of our conversation, we focus on the ideas from his book, "India: A cultural decline or revival?". The book is divided into six sections: Eka, Kula, Grama, Janapada, Prithvi and Atman, and it is a powerful critique of contemporary Indian society as well as the policies adopted by the Indian state after the country gained freedom from the colonial rule. Bharat Gupt offers a lucid analysis of each of the chosen topics and presents a pragmatic way forward out of many societal issues that have held back the release of India's true potential in the twenty-first century.