Breaking the Wall of Defense
“What has happened with the advent of people from former colonies and because of intensified globalization, is that for the first time in the history of modern Western Europe you begin to see a religious diversity that Europe has not witnessed before. The social and institutional arrangements in Europe are not adequate to deal with this diversity: they were adequate only do deal with the problems of a single religion, of accommodating that religion, or to fight against the excesses of that religion. Now you suddenly have multiple religions and Europe is really at a loss what to do with these religions. The European Union has a much better resource – because it has a much more universal perspective – but each society is still bound by its own arrangements and so they are feeling the strain”. This often leads to a defensive attitude towards diversity. But how can this wall of defense be broken? We asked Rajeev Bhargava, former Director of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in New Delhi, India.
An interview by Nina zu Fürstenberg
Film: Nikolai Eberth
Editing: Anna Fanuele