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HindustanTimes Fri,19 Sep 2014

Gopalkrishna Gandhi

Watching every step you take

By entering the electoral portal, the Aam Aadmi Party has accepted responsibility, accountability and vulnerability to critical evaluation by the people, writes Gopalkrishna Gandhi.

When Mandela taught me about India: Gopalkrishna Gandhi

For any ambassador, presenting the letters of credence to a head of state is a very intense moment. When I stood before President Nelson Mandela, in Pretoria, the moment was more than intense, writes Gopalkrishna Gandhi.

How poll panel made elections India's pride

The phrase ‘trust deficit’ is insufficient to describe the one thing that has gone missing from our public life. Is there any leader to whom you can say “I can trust you, I know it as I look at you?" Gopalkrishna Gandhi writes.

Sardar Patel, truth and hype about a leader

The Mahatma was the most respected, Jawaharlal Nehru the most loved and Subhas Bose the most longed-for. But when it came to the iron control over the political apparatus in the country, Sardar Patel stood alone. Gopalkrishna Gandhi writes.

We are small men

The great causes of today’s India, where mighty forces are at work, beg great responses. But we are not providing those, thanks to our obsession with short-term gains. Gopalkrishna Gandhi writes.

A man to remember

In a country which once had a selfless leader like Jayaprakash Narayan, there is not much idealism left in politics today, Gopalkrishna Gandhi writes.

Mahatma's choice

Gandhi wanted our first president to be someone who was a political and a moral leader. He placed his trust in a harijan khadi worker, Gopalkrishna Gandhi, writes.

A flagstaff of a man

Radhakrishnan made India realise that the vice-president’s office was not a decorous redundancy but a vitally useful acquisition. Gopalkrishna Gandhi writes.

Dangerous dichotomy

The Maruti strike is symbolic of two competing cultures in India. The poor are trying to balance hunger with resources while the rich are grabbing all they can. Gopalkrishna Gandhi writes.

Frame the future now

Remembering the Mahatma is not at all gratuitous. His life and teachings are relevant even today for India and the world, writes Gopalkrishna Gandhi.

In step with tradition

Jawaharlal Nehru wanted culture — and not politics — to guide the relationship between India and Sri Lanka. Admirably, both have managed to stick to that concept. Gopalkrishna Gandhi writes.

It’s not a smart choice

Cleverness is not intelligence. But in India today, the former is seen as a desirable extension of the latter. This blind investment in cleverness is dangerous, Gopalkrishna Gandhi writes.

I’ll say it my way

The slew of economic reforms that the Union government announced recently shows that today’s India is a divided truth. Gopalkrishna Gandhi writes.

India’s Vibgyor man

Unlike many leaders we have today, LM Singhvi thought of and spoke for India as a whole. Sadly, he has become yet another casualty of our systematic amnesia, Gopalkrishna Gandhi writes.

Perfect reverberations

There is no such thing as a perfect being and perfect behaviour. There are only perfect acts and perfect moments. Gopalkrishna Gandhi writes.
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