The Truth About Us: The Politics of Information from Manu to Modi
'India...has an information space packed with numerous sources and agents - from politicians and activists to profiteers and extortionists - all competing for attention and legitimacy in a growing information market...Whom does one believe?' The political manipulation and simplification of information about a dizzyingly complex society have fashioned certain 'truths' about India. These truths have resulted in the creation of major religious and caste identities, which have been the defining features of the country's politics and history for over 200 years. An unsparing study of how this situation has come about, The Truth about Us explores answers to crucial questions: Is India a homogenous Hindu nation sprinkled with minorities, or a pluralistic, heterogeneous one? Is our knowledge of the inequalities in our society founded on facts or perceptions? What are the real origin stories of India's social categories, and how are they being constructed and challenged today? At a time when India is in the throes of an existential debate, convulsed by contesting claims over identity and history, Hindutva and Dalit consciousness, nationalism and freedom of speech, and the rights and realities of minorities, this deeply provocative book is urgent reading for every thinking Indian.