India is in a snake pit of Identity politics…

This essay was first published in the National Herald. Politics is often deceptively simple, needing nothing more than common sense to unravel its many strands. However, it can quickly get very complex, requiring use of many counter-intuitive concepts to explain its logic. The use of Nationalism as tool for nation-building, in a diverse polity like ours, is one such complexity, that is not easy to grasp. After all, what could be simpler to intuit than the fact that if you unite all Indians behind a common agenda, its achievement could be facilitated? However, when you try and “force” such a unity, using for instance religion, or even culture, as RSS/BJP do, all sorts of problems rear their head. Can we use the analogy/model of Prisoners’ Dilemma [PD] to examine this conundrum?

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