Book Launch: The Indian Conservative by Jaithirh Rao

Kitab Khana

Kitab Khana and Juggernaut are pleased to invite you to an exclusive book launch of The Indian Conservative: A History of Indian Right-Wing Thought by Jaithirth Rao on Wednesday, 20th November at 5.30PM.

Right-wing thought has a long and ancient tradition in India. In this riveting book, Jaithirth Rao traces its history, explores its philosophical underpinnings and different manifestations, and defines it as a conservatism - a philosophy that rejects radical, reactionary and utopian positions and argues for change that evolves gradually and peacefully, preserves features of the past that are constructive and worth cherishing, and believes in a minimalist state that protects individual liberties even as it promotes policies that work on the ground. Hindu nationalism and the Bharatiya Janata Party are among the many different offshoots of this tradition. 

Focusing on five areas - the economy, politics, culture, society and aesthetics - Rao examines the rich contribution that Indian conservatism could make in each of these fields in contemporary India.

Lively, eloquent and provocative, this is a book that will stimulate much thought, discussion and debate as it challenges the dogma of the left and the extreme right and raises the key issues that engage India today.

Jaithirth (Jerry) Rao is the founder of Mphasis, which was one of India's leading IT firms. A graduate of Loyola College, Chennai, IIM Ahmedabad and the University of Chicago, Rao is a widely read columnist with various publications, including the Indian Express and Swarajya. He has taught at IIM Ahmedabad and IIT Bombay and has been Entrepreneur in Residence at Harvard Business School.


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