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Ramachandra Guha
Ramachandra Guha
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Modi in Australia
    Nov 22, 2014 21:27 IST

    Narendra Modi turns to Jawaharlal Nehru

    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.

  • Zubin Mehta
    Nov 08, 2014 22:13 IST

    How the talented Mehtas conquered New York

    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.

  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
    Oct 25, 2014 22:53 ISTPAST AND PRESENT

    They were rivals, but with the same mission

    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?

  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
    Oct 11, 2014 23:17 ISTPast and Present

    Nehru and Patel: Rivals or comrades?

    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.

  • Congress
    Sep 27, 2014 22:36 ISTPast and Present

    How the Congress lost the diaspora

    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.

  • Two
    Sep 14, 2014 00:19 ISTPast & Present

    The aam aadmi behind Attenborough’s Gandhi

    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.

  • Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi
    Aug 30, 2014 23:52 ISTpast & present

    The poison-fruit of political partisanship

    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.

  • 5
    Aug 17, 2014 01:09 ISTpast & present

    Gandhi or Dadabhai Naoroji in Westminster?

    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.

  • Congress
    Aug 02, 2014 21:22 IST

    The past and future of the Congress party

    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.

  • Mamata Banerjee
    Jul 19, 2014 23:23 ISTPast & Present

    Carpets red and green, long and small

    The really pertinent fact about West Bengal is that it remains one of the worst-governed states of the Union, writes Ramachandra Guha.

  • 4
    Jul 05, 2014 22:15 IST

    The Indian cricket tradition of seam and swing

    When India played its first Test, at Lord’s in June 1932, our strike bowlers were the fast bowler Mohammad Nissar and that master of swing and seam, L Amar Singh. The back-up was provided by the medium-pacers Jehangir Khan and CK Nayudu.