The concept of national interest connects policy with our identity as a people of a certain kind. It is a formal idea. It merely answers the question: What ought we to do? What is the best course of action for the state? But that we actually have a national interest in which we are all involved also tells us what it means to be Indian, and to be a liberal democratic republic. We find ourselves involved in a never-ending consideration of what is the right thing for India to do. The idea points not to be a conclusion but to an inquiry.
This spirit of inquiry is the soul of Pragmatic Euphony.
[Recreated from Professor Kenneth Minogue's The Fate of Britain's National Interest]