- Aug 01, 2015 22:24 IST
A knowledge of history may thus make the aam aadmi more self-critical, less xenophobic. As for political (or business or sporting) leaders, a knowledge of history is — or should be — the best antidote to hubris.
- Jul 19, 2015 08:35 IST
Nepotism and patronage have been endemic in academic or cultural appointments in the gift of the Government of India. While previous governments have not been shy of using ideological criteria, they have at least sought to seek people of credibility. Unfortunately, this present NDA regime has abandoned the pretence of credibility altogether.
- Jul 04, 2015 21:40 IST
In my view, for a party’s success or failure, the nature of leadership is a key explanatory variable. It can be as important as organisational robustness or ideological coherence. And in the case of the Congress, it is quite clear that the quality of its top leadership has noticeably declined over the years.
- Jun 21, 2015 00:27 IST
MN Buch, while serving in MP as an administrator, did a great service to the forests of the state.
- Jun 06, 2015 22:27 IST
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.
- May 23, 2015 21:17 IST
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.
- May 09, 2015 23:23 IST
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.
- Apr 25, 2015 22:22 IST
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?
- Apr 11, 2015 23:32 IST
Some months ago I was in Kolkata when news came of the death of Laeeq Futehally, a writer and critic I greatly admired.
- Mar 28, 2015 22:39 IST
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.
- Mar 14, 2015 22:14 IST
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 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.
- 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.