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Tuesday, Oct 15, 2019
Ramachandra Guha

Ramachandra Guha


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)
Feb 10, 2018 19:24
Why was Phillip Adams not allowed by our Government to visit India? He is not a drug smuggler, terrorist, or tax evader; on the other hand, he is a venerated public figure in a country that is a democracy like ours, a country with which we have close... read more
Jan 27, 2018 17:54
Gandhi recognised that it was not always possible for historians to rise above their national or cultural biases. His remarks seem extremely relevant today, when BJP governments at the Centre and in the states seem determined to wipe out all traces of... read more
Jan 16, 2018 07:55
Kolkata’s College Street, Mumbai’s Flora Fountain, and Chennai’s Moore Market were also once known for their pavement book stalls. But, having used those places extensively too, I can testify that Daryaganj remains in a class of its own read more
Jan 14, 2018 09:51
Before these dreams, I had never remotely considered entering politics, writes Ramachandra Guha. read more
Dec 30, 2017 17:10
For me, ‘perfect happiness’ is listening to the alap of an Ali Abkar Khan-Nikhil Bannerjee jugalbandhi in Manj Khamaj; for others, the voice of Bob Dylan, Lata Mangeshkar, or MS Subbulakshmi read more
Dec 17, 2017 08:31
Narendra Modi was reared in a very different political tradition from Jawaharlal Nehru. This was manifest in past assembly elections in Gujarat, where he spoke darkly of the designs of ‘Mian Musharraf’ and of Indian Muslim families allegedly practising... read more
Dec 02, 2017 18:50
Advani’s yatra of 1990 was aimed explicitly at pitting one group of Indians against another. He has been, without question, the most divisive politician in the history of independent India. read more
Nov 04, 2017 16:16
Following JRD Tata, we should make our patriotism deep and substantial, rather than cheap and jingoistic read more
Oct 21, 2017 16:07
The ‘nationalists’ now in power in India use the flag only as a cover to promote division and violence. Gandhi’s patriotism, on the other hand, was inclusive and constructive. read more
Oct 07, 2017 18:38
In life, as distinct from cricket, one is still best served by playing straight. That Tom Alter always did. He is gone, but memories of him as an actor, speaker, writer, cricketer and friend endure. read more
Sep 09, 2017 18:20
Gauri Lankesh’s death has been widely mourned by ordinary, decent, Indians. On the other hand, it has been ghoulishly celebrated by right-wingers. it is only with the rise of political Hindutva that writers face the possibility of being physically wiped... read more
Aug 26, 2017 17:13
That the ‘Kashmir problem’ is both serious and long-standing is true. But the ‘Naga problem’ is as intense, and even older. It began even before Independence and Partition when, in 1946, a group of educated Nagas claimed sovereignty for the areas they... read more
Aug 12, 2017 17:45
For 25 years, Mahadev Desai was Mahatma Gandhi’s closest associate and confidant. Through this period, Desai meant more to Gandhi than Jawaharlal Nehru and Vallabhbhai Patel (a fact that Nehru and Patel knew and acknowledged) read more
Jul 15, 2017 17:29
A new anthology of Khushwant Singh’s writings displays his wit, wisdom, and commitment to democracy and pluralism read more