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Professor Varshney Publishes the Second Part to His Latest Column on The Indian Express | Modi's Idea of India - 2

February 5, 2016

Today, February 5, Professor Ashutosh Varshney published the second part of his new column, Modi’s idea of India.

Ashutosh Varshney in The India Express, "My previous column interpreted the external features of PM Narendra Modi’s idea of Indian nationhood. Modi, I argued, is redefining the idea of India by emphasising the blood ties of India’s “diaspora” with the “homeland” — politically, if not legally. His concept is closer to the German-Japanese conception of nationhood than the French-American one, which relies on birth in a territory, not blood ties. India’s Constitution-makers had rejected the German-Japanese model.