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The India Mosaic   
The India Mosaic
Searching for an Identity
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Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, New Delhi.
Hard  Back Book     :   Pages : 285
2004  Edition         :   ISBN - 81-7188-355-9
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The India Mosaic
Searching for an Identity....
is essentially a collection of writings borne out of deliberate thinking to pen down ones thoughts on the 'Idea' of India. The authors / Contributors to this volume together represent a varied cross-section of India's intelligentsia. The 'Idea' of India has been interpreted by different people in different ways. Perhaps there is no single 'Idea' of India at all. Whatever be the interpretation (or interpretations) of Idea of India there is an unambiguous sense that there is an attempt to change the Idea of India... Consciously, to any Indian, the Idea of India triggers a lot of thoughts, some overwhelming feelings maybe, but far too many questions. Perhaps for most, there are not any easy answers.

There is plenty of food for thought in these papers about what India stands for and about what it should stand for. The world and India are bullish about the Indian economic performance in the next 20 or even 50 years. A recent Goldman Sachs report (Dreaming with BRICs : The Path to 2050) is but one instance. The economy is the easy part. But India stands for much more than the overall economic performance alone. There is much in this volume for India's citizens to think about.


BIBEK DEBROY is Director, Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, New Delhi. He is the author and editor of several books, papers and popular articles. Bibek Debroy’s special interests are international trade (in particular the WTO), law reform and the political economy of liberalization in India.

D. SHYAM BABU is a Fellow at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, New Delhi. His research interests range from national security and arms control to socio-economic problems of Dalits, and Liberalization and Social Justice. A former journalist, Shyam Babu’s publications also include a book on Nuclear Non-Proliferation.



The Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies (RGICS), New Delhi is part of the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation and functions as a think tank. The target audience of the RGICS includes parliamentarians, legislators and representatives of political parties, public policy makers and their advisers, the intelligentsia, the media and various interest groups. To interface with these groups, RGICS uses different modes of communication like books, monographs, working papers, symposia, discussions, talks and lectures. The RGICS research work is focused on international economic relations, law reforms, IT and economic reforms in India.


1. Idea of India
M.N. Venkatachaliah.
2. Ideas of India in Conflict
Sunil Khilnani
3. The Idea of India — Some Doubts and Queries
Rudrangshu Mukherjee
4. Fraternity and Reconciliation - Next Phase in Nation Building
B.G. Verghese
5. To Kill the Mockingbird — Madarsahs in India: Past, Present, and Future
Amir Ullah Khan and Mohammad Saqib
6. The Muslim Educational Problem and the Urdu Dimension
Salman Khurshid
7. India, 1947-2003 : The Dangers of Communalism and Urdu Education
Bikramjit De
8. The Indian Media and the Idea of India : A Patchy Democratisation
Sagarika Ghose
9. Re-Appraising The Idea of India
Vinod Saighal
10. Beyond Selfishness
Gurcharan Das
11. A Vision for India
P.N. Vijay
12. The Idea of India and the Economic Tryst
Bibek Debroy
13. Law, Property Rights and Indigenous People
Arnab Kumar Hazra
14. My Vision of India: 2047 AD
Bhalchandra Mungekar
15. An Ideal India — A View from Below
D. Shyam Babu
16. The Idea of India — Bollywood Style
Madhu Kishwar

Authors / Contributors

M.N. Venkatachaliah Former Chief Justice of India and former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commi-ssion of India; recipient of Padma Vibhushan (2004).
Sunil Khilnani Director, South Asia Studies at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC.
Rudrangshu Mukherjee Deputy Editor, The Telegraph (Kolkata) and a historian.
B.G. Verghese A well-known media personality and a Professor at Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi.
Amir Ullah Khan Fellow at the India Development Foundation, Gurgaon.
Mohammad Saqib Fellow at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, New Delhi
Salman Khurshid Former Minister of State for Exter-nal Affairs (GoI) and President of the Delhi Public School Society.
Bikramjit De Teaches at the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata.
Sagarika Ghose A well-known novelist and a journalist with Indian Express.
Vinod Saighal A retired Major General and author of several books.
Gurcharan Das An author and columnist with Times of India and a former CEO of Procter & Gamble (India).
P.N. Vijay Heads the Delhi-based P.N. Vijay Associates, and is a columnist with Financial Express.
Bibek Debroy Director, Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, New Delhi and is a columnist with Financial Express and Indian Express.
Arnab Kumar Hazra Formerly Research Associate with Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, New Delhi, is Economic Advisor, Embassy of South Korea.
Bhalchandra Mungekar Vice-Chancellor, University of Mumbai.
D. Shyam Babu Fellow, Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, New Delhi
Madhu Kishwar Senior Fellow, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (Delhi) and Founder Editor, Manushi
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