More Malaysians and others must find their voice; Christopher Chong reminds us we need to reclaim the public square as a forum for responsible civil discussions.
The challenge that remains before the modern nation-state today is to admit to its own mythological origins and its fictional identity, says Farish A Noor. The nation-state has to grow up, and like Arjuna, realise that the writing of the national narrative is necessarily a process that is complex, confusing and contradictory; and to learn to live in a confused and complex world.
Rustam Sani asks rhetorically: Are we a nation yet? Communalism will remain as long as the ethnic groups ‘compete for the supremacy of percentages’ or quotas in our social life. Return to the days of the Putera-AMCJA to draw some lessons, he opines.