There is a need for inter-disciplinary approach to study in the fast-changing nature of State in India, according to human rights activist and retired professor of political science at the University of Hyderabad, G. Haragopal.

Speaking at the valedictory session of a three-day international seminar on ‘State in South Asia', organised by the Department of History, UoH, Dr. Haragopal said that the nation state phenomena in Indian history could well be understood if seen in a historical perspective right from ancient times.

The origin of professional soldiers and taxes should be taken into consideration while studying the origin of a modern State, he said.

“The nation state in India is still in the process of evolution,'' he said adding that the nation state emerged with protection of local investments as one of its aims.

However, in the current era of globalisation, global investments were again chasing local investment, he observed.

Syed E Hasnain, Vice-Chancellor, UoH said the modern world, with decreasing focus on geographical barriers, would throw up many questions on nature of state and its relevance to society. “Current political blocs like European Union raise many interesting questions about the nature and future of State. Social scientists including historians and political scientists should look into these aspects,'' he said.

G. Naga Sridhar,

in Hyderabad