Historic Nalanda was built on the bedrock of socio-political churning, which not only gave credence to the secular pursuit of knowledge but also gave semblance to the notion of tolerance (Editorial, March 11). In its backdrop were politically powerful and economically confident empires. So, only time will tell whether the present project of Nalanda is a vision or rhetoric. But, with the meteoric rise of intolerance towards knowledge production and the pathology of “hurt sentiments” in India, it is very unlikely that a futuristic Nalanda can stay “loyal” to the legacy of historic Nalanda.

Lalatendu Keshari Das,

Hyderabad

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