From Rammohun Roy to Satyajit Ray to Tapas Pal, in Bengal the gap between an inherited ‘culture’ of the past and the social reality of today is probably greater than any other state, writes Sagarika Ghose.
Economists urge Modi to emulate Ronald Reagan or Margaret Thatcher, but there is another home-grown role model: Ashoka harmonised a kingdom after a war and proclaimed a new dhamma of peace and development for every citizen to follow, writes Sagarika Ghose.
It is time for the media to introspect on how the Lok Sabha election was covered and on whether they failed to ask important questions, writes Sagarika Ghose.
I meet the Elf of Self-Respect every time I travel on the election trail. I call him the elf because he or she is an unknown quantity, the unknown voter, and the quiet creature whose voice the helicopter-borne netas hardly hear, Sagarika Ghose writes.
Why don’t political leaderships speak out against goons? Why doesn’t Modi distance himself from the bhakts on social media who try to prove they are More Loyal than the King by abusing in his name? Sagarika Ghose writes. |
Puritanical zealotry doesn’t stand the test of time. AAP is not the only party to practise the politics of puritanism. Until a change of heart recently, Rahul Gandhi’s stand on the rural-urban divide was highly puritanical, writes Sagarika Ghose.
If secularism is unable to find a new identity, then Modi will be proved right when he says secularism Congress-style, is simply opportunism, taking the easy way out such as setting up a minorities ministry.
A cross-class coalition of rich and poor in Delhi opted for the jharoo
to sweep away apathy and cynicism and draw out the spirit of citizens' action. In the process, they have shown that clean urban politics is possible. Sagarika Ghose writes.
Politicians should realise that restrictions on the flow of information will only open the floodgates of underground speculation. Sagarika Ghose writes
The battle for freedom and progress needs to go beyond flinging underwear at maniacs, writes Sagarika Ghose.
Naveen Patnaik’s decision to dump the BJP shows that he has mastered the rules of the game, writes Sagarika Ghose.
The poll panel by trying to over-regulate has, unintentionally, boosted corruption. Sagarika Ghose elaborates.
One man is slated for a big victory this time. A Chief Minister who makes no flamboyant gestures but who has listened carefully to the quiet voice outside his chief ministerial window: give my children their self-respect, writes Sagarika Ghose.
Indeed just as the UPA has created a stunning new social charter for India, it now needs to create a democratic charter as well. This means reducing, not enhancing, the role of families, avoiding tokenism and encouraging merit at all levels of government, writes Sagarika Ghose.
A confrontation is brewing between those making personal sexual and moral choices and those upholding traditional values, writes Sagarika Ghose.