February 16, 2014

India according to VP Menon

Given the profound importance of the opening sentence, V.P. Menon used the following words to describe India in his book The Story of the Integration of Indian States. "INDIA is one geographical entity. Yet, throughout her long and chequered history, she never achieved political homogeneity." He could have used all the adjectives to glorify India but he described it as "one geographical entity that has never achieved political homogeneity." By using these words, the man largely responsible for the current political boundaries of the subcontintent silenced all the emotions associated with nationalism, sub-nationalism, and other forms of racism that are periodically rekindled to define new boundaries in the subcontinent.