HindustanTimes Fri,19 Dec 2014

Ramachandra Guha

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Those who keep the government honest

Parliament will, of course, retain its dominant place in Indian politics. One hopes that the parties in Opposition provide constructive criticism of government policies. But civil society must be alert as well. Ramachandra Guha writes.

The forgotten Gujarati Prime Minister

During the election campaign, Narendra Modi said several times that he wished Vallabhbhai Patel had become India’s first Prime Minister. And he promised to build a ‘Statue of Unity’ in Patel’s memory that would be far grander than the Statue of Liberty itself.

Jawaharlal Nehru: Hero of his age, outcast of ours

Only after the last member of his family has exited the stage of Indian politics might a judicious and credible appreciation of Nehru’s life and legacy finally become possible, writes Ramachandra Guha.
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