Profile of Ramachandra Guha
Gandhian nationalism, enshrined in the Constitution, is based on ideals of equality and diversity. As a new pretender, with its hate-filled credo, tries to supplant it, our duty is to put up a dogged fight.
Ramachandra Guha, Public Intellectual of the Year
Few, including sitting MP Narendra Modi perhaps, know of the Mahatma’s enduring relationship with the city
Khushwant Singh has just entered his 100th year. Time to recall an essay detailing why he once extolled Sanjay Gandhi, just the way a brash, bullying politician is currently being saluted
Historian Ramachandra Guha’s new book explores the critical formative years of Gandhi’s political life, his time spent in England and South Africa. An excerpt:
Tracking that species of Hindutvawadi, obsessively trolling the Net, looking for slights to the faith
We are deeply saddened at the indiscriminate killing of 18 adivasis in Kottaguda Panchayat of Bijapur district as part of the security force’s combing operations.
'We condemn the attack by the Maoists ...in which they killed two security guards and abducted the Sukma District Collector, Alex Paul Menon'
Does the movement provide us a great opportunity for national regeneration? Could it grow by involving intellectuals of all shades? Could it have a lasting impact? Or will a marked megalomaniac tendency, stoked by television, mar it for ever?
'Appeal to both the Maoists and the government to initiate peace talks on the basis of justice and constitutional principles, since ultimately that is the only way forward'
Myriad corrosive agents—even the Indian State—are eating into the idea of India. This isn’t the Republic we were meant to be.
The once venerable Nehru Memorial Library is in peril
'Those that adopt violent means to express themselves cannot and should not be condoned in any manner whatsoever'
More deprived and dispossessed than the Dalits - or Muslims - the Adivasis remain not just marginal but invisible. Crushed in the violent war between the State and the Maoists
In six decades of ‘progress’ India hasn’t realised our founders’ vision of social democracy
When India was closest to being a non-functioning anarchy
How the polity got fractured and how we can aid the healing process
Was this the worst year experienced by India (and Indians) since the country was founded? Our annus horribilis?
Among the biggest political delusions we have laboured for long is the 'foreign hand'
The leading historian offers seven reasons why it will not. And then, to this objective judgement, he adds the subjective desires of a citizen—that it should not even attempt to become one.
Come winter, and Indians will genuflect before the visiting hordes of NRIs
Historically open to the outsider, and inclusive within, the south's emerged denominator on top
Narrow religiosity is contorting the grand ethos of a capital college