The indian idea is that a nation may endure differences of caste creed colour conviction culture cuisine costume and custom and still rally around a consensus and that consensus is around the simple idea that in a democracy you dont really need to agree except on the ground rules of how you will disagree. The idea of india is a 1997 non fiction book by sunil khilnani which describes the economic and political history of india in the fifty years since partition it focuses in particular on the role that the national ideal of democracy has played in indias evolution. Perhaps there is no greater evidence of this historical idea of india than the stellar example of adi shankaracharya the seer intellectual who in the 8th century established the supremacy of. A classic since it was first published in 1997 the idea of india is a magisterial historical study that addresses the paradoxes and ironies of the worlds largest democracy when in 1947 the british divided and departed their most prized imperial possession they handed a huge diverse and poor society to a small nationalist elite
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