In his urgent new book, Madhav Khosla explores the thoughts and ideas that form the bedrock of the Constitution
In the last few weeks, as protests continue across the country, battle lines have been drawn across the idea of India and the identity of an Indian. Is India to be traced back to ancient times—with the history of Buddhist and Hindu rulers? Or is it founded in the 17th century, with the Mughals and Marathas redrawing the map of what we know as modern India? Or is India a creation of the British? Or is there some other understanding of India rooted partly in mythology and partly in history? For Madhav Khosla, author of the fine new book India’s Founding Moment: The Constitution Of A Most Surprising Democracy, India as we know can be traced to the writing and adoption of the Indian Constitution.