- Feb 14, 2015 22:36 IST
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.
- Jan 31, 2015 23:47 IST
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.
- Jan 17, 2015 23:05 IST
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.
- Jan 03, 2015 23:42 IST
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
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.
- Dec 06, 2014 21:46 IST
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.
- Nov 22, 2014 21:27 IST
Nehru referred in December 1947 to the Sangh as 'a private army' that was 'definitely proceeding on the strictest Nazi lines.' Gandhi was as ambivalent towards the Sangh as they were towards him, writes Ramachandra Guha.
- Nov 08, 2014 22:13 IST
It seems to me that a wonderful book is waiting to be written about the Indians who have enriched the literary and artistic life of New York. If properly executed, such a book could be a real contribution to cultural history. Ramachandra Guha writes.
- Oct 25, 2014 22:53 ISTPAST AND PRESENT
This column by Ramachandra Guha is about a pair of great Indians, Gandhi and Ambedkar. It asks the question — were their visions conflicting or complementary?
- Oct 11, 2014 23:17 ISTPast and Present
Nehru does not belong to Sonia Gandhi’s Congress; nor Patel to Modi’s BJP. Indians of all parties (or none) should have the grace to celebrate both individuals, for having contributed to the nation we call our own, writes Ramchandra Guha.
- Sep 27, 2014 22:36 ISTPast and Present
For at least two decades now, the BJP and its sister organisations have worked actively among Indians in North America. NRIs have helped fund the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the RSS, writes Ramachandra Guha.
- Sep 14, 2014 00:19 ISTPast & Present
When Richard Attenborough died recently, the tributes mostly focused on the film Gandhi. But only one of the many obituaries I saw mentioned the remarkable man who was instrumental in recreating the Mahatma’s life so eloquently on celluloid, writes Ramachandra Guha.
- Aug 30, 2014 23:52 ISTpast & present
The recent heckling of Congress chief ministers sharing a stage with the prime minister is unfortunate. However, it is of a piece with a more widespread atmosphere of distrust and suspicion that pervades Indian politics, writes Ramachandra Guha.
- Aug 17, 2014 01:09 ISTpast & present
Last month, the British foreign minister and chancellor of the exchequer visited India. In a bid to charm their hosts they announced that a statue of Mahatma Gandhi would be erected outside the Houses of Parliament in London.
- Aug 02, 2014 21:22 IST
The Congress’s decline is very much of its own making. The party’s high command culture has inhibited the growth of vigorous state units as chief ministers and PCC heads appointed (or dismissed) from Delhi, writes Ramachandra Guha.