Editor | Politics
Are you a liberal? Or do you dislike liberals? Love them or hate them, the liberal is at the centre of public debate today. From discussions on nationalism to religion, freedom of speech, freedom to dissent and women’s rights, the liberal is regarded as a crucial voice. However, once influential, the Indian liberal is under attack from many who feel liberals have got it all wrong.
Liberals stand for individual freedoms and argue against Big Governments. Yet, today, are individual freedoms such as the right to eat, worship, dress, love, marry, set up businesses, free speech, have opinions, read and write what you want in serious danger? Is the dominance of a Big Government or Big State stamping out individual freedom in an unprecedented manner?
In this brilliant and passionately argued polemical essay, senior journalist and columnist Sagarika Ghose argues why it is so important to renew the meaning of Indian liberalism with new energy. The author shows how deep liberal traditions in India are and how the founding vision of India was a thoroughly liberal one. This is a compelling and thought-provoking book, a must-read to know about your individual freedoms.
Gopalkrishna Gandhi, former governor of West Bengal told Arrackistan: “Sagarika Ghose says it like a fire bell: Heed the founders of our Republic. History fills every pore of this book, faith lifts its pages to the destiny of India’s liberal soul.”
Sagarika Ghose is one of India’s most noted journalists as well as an author and broadcaster. She has worked at the Times of India, Outlook and the Indian Express. She was a prime-time television news anchor for BBC World on Question Time India as well as for the news network CNN-IBN. She is the author of two novels, The Gin Drinkers and Blind Faith, as well as the recently published acclaimed biography of Indira Gandhi, Indira: India’s Most Powerful Prime Minister, now slated for a screen adaptation. She has won numerous awards for journalism, including the C.H. Mohammed Koya National Journalism Award as well as the Best Anchor Award from the Indian Television Academy. She has also been listed as one of the world’s most famous women Rhodes Scholars. Ghose is a popular and widely read columnist and is currently a consulting editor with the Times of India.