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The latest ‘National Interest’ column, published 23 June, has elicited backlash and support in equal measure.

New Delhi: When he argued that the aggressive, ‘my-way-or-the-highway’ line pushed by India’s ‘liberal’ elite actually helped the illiberal Right, ThePrint Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta divided the internet and the discourse in general.

His latest ‘National Interest’ column, published 23 June, has elicited backlash and support in equal measure, with critics calling it unfair and backers hailing it as a piece that hits the nail on its head.

Here’s a round-up of some of the opinions on the column:

Vijay Chauthaiwale, in-charge of the BJP’s foreign affairs department

“Shekhar Gupta has rightly exposed the psyche of liberals in general and the Indian liberals in specific,” Chauthaiwale wrote in a column for ThePrint. He goes on to list what he believes are the eight “salient features of the Indian liberal”, which include praising Akbar and the Nehru dynasty, and being overtly pro-Muslim and anti-Hindu. “It’s not enough to be pro-minorities to claim that you are a liberal,” he adds.

Hindi professor at Delhi University

“Shekhar Gupta is right in defending one’s right to revise oneself. What is disappointing in his otherwise legitimate indignation is that he decided to blast the liberal position itself,” he writes in a column for ThePrint. “To do so in a country and at a time when liberals are under constant attack from the state is unfortunate.”

Yogendra Yadav, Swaraj India chief and psephologist

Here are a few other responses from prominent personalities:

Rajdeep Sardesai, senior journalist

Sandip Ghose, columnist

Dr Arvind Mayaram, Former finance secretary

Meeta Sengupta, Writer, speaker and adviser on education

Vivek Dehejia, Resident senior fellow in political economy at IDFC Institute, columnist, associate professor of economics and philosophy at Carleton University in Canada.

Salil Tripathi, Contributing editor at the Mint and Caravan.

Ashok Swain, professor of peace and conflict research at Sweden’s Uppsala University, UNESCO chair on international water cooperation

Krish Ramkumar, founder, Leadership Centre, an organisation involved in leadership consulting, and research and development

Sanjay Hegde, Supreme Court advocate


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