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Friday, Oct 18, 2019
Ramachandra Guha

Ramachandra Guha

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Ramachandra Guha is a historian based in Bengaluru. His books include India After Gandhi, A Corner of a Foreign Field, Environmentalism: A Global History, and Gandhi Before India. He tweets as @Ram_Guha

articles by Ramachandra Guha (208 results)
Aug 31, 2018 00:00
In January 1948, Mahatma Gandhi sat on a fast for communal harmony – the last fast of his life. An exclusive extract from Ramachandra Guha’s new book on the leader, recalls that momentous time read more
Aug 25, 2018 18:23
Now that they are gone, the Republic of India urgently needs 21-first century analogues of these three democrats and patriots read more
Aug 11, 2018 17:17
The evidence indicates that the galloping Christianisation of my old college has hurt its image badly. The college authorities, impervious to this evidence, want to make the institution even more of an evangelical ghetto. read more
Jul 28, 2018 17:27
Ranga Shankara is a wonderfully open and democratic space. There is no VIP row, and all tickets are priced the same; to get the best seats you have to arrive earlier than everyone else. The theatre has some 300 shows a year, in every language of the... read more
Jul 14, 2018 17:35
Social media is abuzz with theories as to why Jio Institute was chosen ahead of other applicants. I do not wish to add to this speculation. But I do want to say again, and emphatically, that this is an altogether puzzling choice. read more
Jun 30, 2018 18:48
Indira Gandhi rarely consulted her cabinet ministers before taking an important decision. Nor, it appears, does Narendra Modi (think of demonetisation, for example). Is this method of acting unilaterally, without consultation with colleagues and advisers,... read more
Jun 16, 2018 17:01
No Indian democrat should have misgivings about Nehru’s emphatic rejection of the RSS’s overtures to him in 1949. Had our first prime minister allowed the RSS into the Congress fold 70 years ago, the Republic would have been corroded from the start read more
Jun 05, 2018 09:37
The recent protests in Thoothukudi were by working-class victims of environmental abuse. That they ended in such tragedy should have led to a belated dawning of environmental wisdom. read more
May 19, 2018 18:38
I do not know what whether the AMU and the BHU actually do have regular interactions. I suspect not. In that case, such interactions should be encouraged and furthered by the faculty and students, with groups having any political affiliation (right,... read more
May 05, 2018 18:36
Karl Marx was absolutely right — the British conquered India with the vilest motives, but they were yet an unconscious tool of history, in that they compelled the best Indians to look into the mirror, to examine what was flawed in their society and to... read more
Apr 21, 2018 17:52
From 400-plus seats in 1984, Rajiv’s Congress fell to a mere 197 five years later. No one can predict how far, the fall will be for Modi’s BJP from its 2014 tally of 282. Yet the parallels are striking indeed. Many people who were not traditional Congress... read more
Apr 07, 2018 18:11
Who would be the 10 greatest Indians of 2018? It would be interesting to see who is chosen and who is left out. It is possible that there will still be a Hindu bias, although surely not five Brahmins would figure (and that would unequivocally be a good... read more
Mar 24, 2018 18:25
For editors of his time in Maharashtra, Talwalkar was a model and exemplar. Yet his legacy speaks to editors outside Maharashtra, and to our own time too read more
Mar 10, 2018 17:43
The impediments placed by the current Customs regime on the free movement of individual packets containing small, low-worth items of personal use is extremely irritating. Especially when, at the same time, colossal amounts of money looted from our public... read more
Feb 24, 2018 18:15
Their struggles left a mark on the techniques of protest used by the Mahatma in South Africa read more