University and pluralism

The idea of the university and its enemies

Print edition : March 18, 2016

Ruins of the ancient Nalanda university. A 2006 photograph. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Ruins of the Vikram-shila university, now in Bihar. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Why does the university matter? It matters because in the present state of affairs the university represents the idea of pluralism, an inclusive approach to the oppressed communities, tolerance of diversity of views, and the possibility of argumentation without resort to coercion and violence.
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