JNU: Nationalism and India's Uncivil War (Paperback)
Four years ago, on 9 February 2016, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) erupted with 'anti-national' slogans, such as 'Bharat Tere Tukde Honge, Inshallah, Inshallah' (India you will break into pieces, by the will of Allah, by the will of Allah). Arrests of student leaders, the shutdown of the university, a lecture series on “What the Nation Needs to Know,” a student's disappearance, another's suicide, and a number of even more disruptive protests ensued. This book, by a long-standing JNU professor, is a ringside account of what happened. Delicately and incisively penned, it is an empathetic insider's account of JNU's problems from an involved participant and expert in the field of higher education. But more than that, it is also a history of our times, of India's ongoing transformation, the story of the changing self-apprehension of a nation. Examining the multiple meanings of nationalism in our time, Paranjape delves deeply into what it means to be an Indian today. Making a plea to transform rather than destroy JNU as also reform higher education, the author offers his insights into the new India that is emerging under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.