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 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.
The really pertinent fact about West Bengal is that it remains one of the worst-governed states of the Union, writes Ramachandra Guha.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The currents of regional patriotism run deep in India. We are a land of many languages, each with rich literary tradition. Naturally, people tend to identify most closely with those who wrote, and wrote well, in their own language. Ramachandra Guha writes.
The 2014 Askot-Arakot Abhiyan begins on Sunday, May 25. After a week apiece in Pithoragarh and Bageshwar districts the marchers shall enter Garhwal. Several weeks later they will reach Arakot for their concluding meeting. Ramachandra Guha writes.
Unlike Gandhi, Mr Modi and Mr Kejriwal are both excellent orators. One is powerful and eloquent; the other, mischievous and witty. However, one is yet to hear them ask hard questions of their countrymen, or, indeed, of themselves.
The freedom movement was largely led by those who exchanged professional success for an uncertain life of struggle. With independence came the career politician, in quest of prestige and profit, Ramachandra Guha writes in a new HT column.
The liberalisation of the economy hasn’t improved our environmental situation. Instead, natural systems have continued to decline, while social conflicts have increased. Ramachandra Guha
Discrimination against low castes, corruption in public institutions by government officials, and a growing trend towards women’s equality — India’s report card in its 65th year is a story of moderate achievement. Ramachandra Guha
The politics of emancipation was once the hallmark of leaders from Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. Today this has given way to the politics of vengefulness and nepotism. Ramachandra Guha
By converting a three-year bachelor's degree into a four-year programme, Delhi's premier centre of learning will only compromise a reputation that has taken generations to build. Ramachandra Guha writes.