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Ramachandra Guha
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  • MN Buch, while serving in MP as an administrator, did a great service to the forests of the state.
  • Forests of Madhya Pradesh
    Jun 21, 2015 00:27 IST

    The civil servant who spoke truth to power

    MN Buch, while serving in MP as an administrator, did a great service to the forests of the state.

  •  school students
    Jun 06, 2015 22:27 IST

    What does it mean to Indianise education?

    A writer is known by the enemies he makes. I was therefore interested to hear from a friend in Delhi that I had been attacked in an editorial in Organiser, the English mouthpiece of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh.

  • pic 7
    May 23, 2015 21:17 IST

    General elections or elections of Generals?

    It may be that in India, civilian control of the military has sometimes gone too far. As Wilkinson himself notes, the indifference to the technological requirements of the army shown by Nehru and his defence minister VK Krishna Menon led to the fiasco of the China war, writes Ramachandra Guha.

  • Indian Army personnel
    May 09, 2015 23:23 IST

    The Bharatiya big brother and all his neighbours

    India’s relations with China and Pakistan are problematic is easy to understand. Less easy to justify are our troubled relations with Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. In each case they are mostly of our own making, writes Ramachandra Guha.

  • Gandhi bose subhas sardar
    Apr 25, 2015 22:22 IST

    The forgotten rivalry between Patel and Bose

    Before the 2014 elections, supporters of the BJP used Vallabhbhai Patel as a stick to beat Jawaharlal Nehru with. More recently, they have added a new weapon, the legacy of Subhas Bose. This raises questions of ideological consistency as well as historical accuracy. Can one simultaneously affirm both Patel and Bose while denouncing Nehru?

  • Badruddin Tyabji, the first great of his family
    Apr 11, 2015 23:32 IST

    How greatness sometimes runs in a family’s genes

    Some months ago I was in Kolkata when news came of the death of Laeeq Futehally, a writer and critic I greatly admired.

  • New Zealand v Australia highlights
    Mar 28, 2015 22:39 IST

    CWC 2015: Why New Zealand are my team of the tournament

    Growing up in the 1960s, I thought of the West Indies and the New Zealand as constituting the North and South Poles of world cricket. Both were English-speaking, both had Christian populations that lived on islands and (in terms of numbers) could comfortably fit into one medium-sized Indian city.

  • Mohit Sharma, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja
    Mar 14, 2015 22:14 IST

    Has this been the best Indian fielding side ever?

    As one grows older, one forgets what happened last week or last month. But memories from one’s youth stay for ever. I can see, as I write, Alvin Kallicharan trying to on-drive Bishan Bedi in the Delhi Test of 1974. He gets a leading edge, and, as the ball balloons up into the off-side, I hear the bowler shout: ‘Brijesh!’, the urgency of the plea carried through the air to where I sit, at the top of the Ferozeshah Kotla’s aam aadmi stand.

  • Mar 01, 2015 08:29 IST

    The suit might not have suited Gandhi and Patel

    The acceptance of gifts by Indian politicians has a long history. Working in the archives recently, I found a file on gifts (in both cash and kind) received in the 1940s by the prominent Andhra Congressman T Prakasam.

  • Narendra Modi
    Feb 14, 2015 22:36 IST

    How Narendra Modi resembles Indira Gandhi

    Narendra Modi's control of his party today easily equals the domination that Indira Gandhi exercised over the Congress following her electoral victory in 1971, writes Ramachandra Guha.

  • Mahatma Gandhi
    Jan 31, 2015 23:47 IST

    Ramachandra Guha's column: How Mahatma Gandhi's martyrdom saved India

    In 1946 and 1947, Mahatma Gandhi's enemies had been assiduously working to polarise Hindus and Muslims. They carried on through the first weeks of January 1948, till he stepped in, first through a five-day fast that brought communal peace to Delhi, and then by sacrificing his life to bring communal peace to the country as a whole, writes Ramachandra Guha.

  • Science Congress
    Jan 17, 2015 23:05 IST

    India already the myth-making world superpower

    In the early years of this century, people — within and outside India — began speaking of our country emerging as a ‘knowledge superpower’. The proximate reason for this was the country’s then rising software industry, Ramachandra Guha writes.

  • Delhi rape protest
    Jan 03, 2015 23:42 IST

    Why women are so unsafe in our cities

    India is undergoing a painful and tortuous transition, where ancient hierarchies of caste and gender are slowly giving way to modern ideas about the equality of all individuals before the law, writes Ramachandra Guha.

  • Dec 20, 2014 19:12 IST

    Police corruption, past and present

    Demotivated, unfit, under-equipped: such are the words that come to mind when thinking of our guardians of the law. The media dwells on economic reforms, but surely police reform matters more.

  • Akhilesh Yadav
    Dec 06, 2014 21:46 IST

    Why Uttar Pradesh must be broken up right now

    According to the 2011 census, the population of UP was 199 million. The state’s sheer size is a crucial reason why UP has been so badly governed, as reflected in its appalling economic and social indicators, writes Ramachandra Guha.