What have we learnt from this extended discourse on similarities and differences? It is time for a recap and a summary.
We started with Vir Sanghvi’s angry pronouncement that Pakistanis and Indians were no longer similar; they may have been 60 years ago but by now ‘they’ were fundamentalist and ‘we’ were secular.
There were immediate rejoinders to this burst of annoyance with hurt pronouncements of sharing the same music and the same sports.
It became immediately obvious that there were two flaws with the framing of this discussion. First, human beings were not one thing or another; rather, they were better characterized as bundles of attributes. (more…)