Omair Ahmad, Books Editor at The Wire, interviews historian Ramachandra Guha about his new book, Democrats and Dissenters. The book, published by Penguin Books India, is a collection of essays on topics ranging from India’s relation with its neighbours to issues of democracy and violence within the country. It also analyses the work of public intellectuals such as Amartya Sen and Eric Hobbswam.
Guha and Ahmad briefly discuss different themes in the book such as some unique aspects of the Indian nation, challenges to tribal and minority rights, and flaws within the Indian legal framework. Guha’s last book, Patriots and Partisans, was also a collection of essays published in 2012. His other notable works include India After Gandhi and Makers of Modern India.