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To accomplish these varied and complex tasks, Nehru and Patel recognised that, in the choice of their Cabinet colleagues, they must not be constrained by partisan considerations.(HT ARCHIVES)

Shed partisanship, reach out to the best minds, writes Ramachandra Guha

UPDATED ON APR 04, 2020 05:07 PM IST
In 1947, Nehru and Patel reached out to their fiercest critics and invited them to join the Cabinet. They worked with bureaucrats who had helped the Raj repress the freedom struggle. This helped the country tide over Partition. Modi-Shah should emulate the example
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The worst year in the history of the Republic was 1984, which saw (among other things) the Indian Army’s storming of the Golden Temple, the assassination of Indira Gandhi, the pogrom against the Sikhs, and the Bhopal tragedy(HT Archives)
The worst year in the history of the Republic was 1984, which saw (among other things) the Indian Army’s storming of the Golden Temple, the assassination of Indira Gandhi, the pogrom against the Sikhs, and the Bhopal tragedy(HT Archives)

The fourth crisis of the Republic, writes Ramachandra Guha

UPDATED ON JAN 26, 2020 08:28 AM IST
A historian can use the past to understand the present, but a historian cannot predict the future. But that the Republic is passing through a very troubled phase in its history is evident. That it lacks the sort of enlightened leadership that can take us out of our difficulties is even more evident.
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Marching contingents of paramilitary forces during the 144th birth anniversary celebrations of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at the Statue of Unity, at Kevadia in Narmada district of Gujarat.(PTI)
Marching contingents of paramilitary forces during the 144th birth anniversary celebrations of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at the Statue of Unity, at Kevadia in Narmada district of Gujarat.(PTI)

Statue of Unity surpasses daily average footfall at Statue of Liberty

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2019 09:53 AM IST
The Statue of Unity is a statue of Vallabhbhai Patel, the first home minister of the country. With a height of 182 metres, it is the world’s tallest statue.
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The official said an infusion of over ~1.8 lakh crore in credit disbursal in just one month is bound to boost consumption and added that the trend is likely to continue in the coming months.(Reuters Photo)
The official said an infusion of over ~1.8 lakh crore in credit disbursal in just one month is bound to boost consumption and added that the trend is likely to continue in the coming months.(Reuters Photo)

News updates from Hindustan Times: ‘Loan fairs infused Rs 1.8 lakh crore in economy’ and all the latest news at this hour

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2019 09:00 AM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion at 9 am. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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The longer the Congress remains a Family firm, the easier it will be for Narendra Modi to deflect criticism of his policies and remain not just in power, but in control of the political narrative(ANI Photo)
The longer the Congress remains a Family firm, the easier it will be for Narendra Modi to deflect criticism of his policies and remain not just in power, but in control of the political narrative(ANI Photo)

Why the Gandhis cannot lead India’s Opposition, writes Ramachandra Guha

UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2020 02:20 AM IST
Younger Indians are rightly appalled that the party of the freedom movement believes that only a fifth-generation dynast can lead it. Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka may think they owe it to the Congress to stay in politics. They owe it to the country to go
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Schoolchildren pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary, Chennai, October 2, 2019(PTI)
Schoolchildren pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary, Chennai, October 2, 2019(PTI)

What religion meant to the Mahatma

By Rajmohan Gandhi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 02, 2019 05:55 PM IST
For him, religion was not nationality. All citizens, irrespective of their beliefs, had a right to India
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These Gandhians after Gandhi worked inside Government, seeking to humanise it. They worked in Opposition to Government, seeking to hold the ruling party to account.(Illustration: Mohit Suneja)
These Gandhians after Gandhi worked inside Government, seeking to humanise it. They worked in Opposition to Government, seeking to hold the ruling party to account.(Illustration: Mohit Suneja)

The twelve Apostles of Gandhi

By Ramachandra Guha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2019 10:01 PM IST
The men and women who — within the government, or as part of the Opposition and civil society — carried forward Mahatma Gandhi’s work. They humanised power and held it to account. They fought for economic self-reliance, equality and religious pluralism.
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Some Opposition members have implied that Sardar Patel was behind Article 370 or wanted to hand over Kashmir to Pakistan. There can’t be a bigger lie(Getty Images)
Some Opposition members have implied that Sardar Patel was behind Article 370 or wanted to hand over Kashmir to Pakistan. There can’t be a bigger lie(Getty Images)

The supremacy of the Indian State and Parliament | Opinion

By Ram Madhav
UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2019 10:22 PM IST
The opposition’s criticisms do not hold. The government’s move is legally sound. Kashmir is an internal affair.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi(ANI file photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi(ANI file photo)

PM Modi asks BJP MPs to embark on ‘padayatra’ on Gandhi birth anniversary

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2019 11:57 AM IST
Addressing the BJP parliamentary party meeting, Modi also asked Rajya Sabha members to visit constituencies where the BJP organisation was weak.
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Even while diminishing Gandhi’s role in the freedom struggle, the RSS was careful to distance itself from Godse. This may no longer be true(Getty Images)
Even while diminishing Gandhi’s role in the freedom struggle, the RSS was careful to distance itself from Godse. This may no longer be true(Getty Images)

Godse worship goes mainstream in India

UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2019 06:09 PM IST
The cult of Nathuram Godse is no more marginal. Its members include not only BJP MPs but also prominent Sangh ideologues. Its representatives sit in Parliament, and may even be in the Council of Ministers
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BJP leader Prabhu Vasava is the sitting Lok Sabha MP from Bardoli seat.
BJP leader Prabhu Vasava is the sitting Lok Sabha MP from Bardoli seat.

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Bardoli Lok Sabha seat in Gujarat votes on April 23

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2019 01:01 PM IST
The Congress had won Bardoli Lok Sabha seat in 2009 but the BJP won it in 2014 polls.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi faced off on Saturday in separate rallies in Madhya Pradesh, where their parties are locked in a close contest for the November 28 assembly elections.(Representative Image/HT FIle Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi faced off on Saturday in separate rallies in Madhya Pradesh, where their parties are locked in a close contest for the November 28 assembly elections.(Representative Image/HT FIle Photo)

Madhya Pradesh assembly election 2018: PM Narendra Modi, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi lock horns

By Punya Priya Mitra and Agencies | Hindustan Times, Bhopal
PUBLISHED ON NOV 24, 2018 11:18 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi blamed the Congress for an ongoing agricultural crisis and said if Vallabhbhai Patel, who was India’s first home minister, had become the nation’s first prime minister, farmers would have been prosperous.
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Shiv Sena MP and executive editor of party mouthpiece, Saamana, Sanjay Raut.(PRAFUL GANGURDE /HT FILE PHOTO)
Shiv Sena MP and executive editor of party mouthpiece, Saamana, Sanjay Raut.(PRAFUL GANGURDE /HT FILE PHOTO)

CSR funds diverted to build Statue of Unity: Sena MP Sanjay Raut

By Naresh Kamath | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2018 11:54 PM IST
Claims companies turned down requests from various organisations working for the differently abled saying all the funds were exhausted
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Master Tara Singh (standing) speaking at conference, with Kanyalal M Munshi (centre) and Chakravarthi Rajagopalachari (right)(The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Master Tara Singh (standing) speaking at conference, with Kanyalal M Munshi (centre) and Chakravarthi Rajagopalachari (right)(The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Once Congress had lawyers like Gandhi, Patel and Nehru

UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2018 06:13 PM IST
They stood up for principles. But the Congress lawyers of today appear repeatedly on behalf of groups that seek to deny women equal rights
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The Statue of Unity near Sardar Sarovar Dam at Kevadiya Colony in Gujarat(HT Photo)
The Statue of Unity near Sardar Sarovar Dam at Kevadiya Colony in Gujarat(HT Photo)

Behind the making of Statue of Unity

By Hiral Dave | Hindustan Times, Gandhinagar/Narmada
UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2018 07:21 AM IST
The foundation-laying ceremony, on October 31, 2013, kick-started Modi’s 2014 Lok Sabha campaign. And its completion and inauguration, exactly 5 years later on October 31, is being seen as the beginning of Modi’s campaign for a second term in next year’s general election.
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Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was instrumental in the formation of Uttarakhand.(File Photo)
Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was instrumental in the formation of Uttarakhand.(File Photo)

Former PM Vajpayee to be spirit of Uttarakhand BJP’s 2019 campaign

By Deep Joshi | Hindustan Times, Dehradun, Dehradun
PUBLISHED ON SEP 14, 2018 12:21 AM IST
The Uttarakhand BJP will initiate the campaign with ‘Kavyanjali’ on September 16 — a poetic tribute to former PM Vajpayee. This will be followed by ‘Karyanjali’, a nine-day plan under which medical camps would be organised from September 17 — PM Modi’s birthday.
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National Security Adviser NSA Ajit Doval was speaking at the launch of a book on Vallabhbhai Patel.(PTI)
National Security Adviser NSA Ajit Doval was speaking at the launch of a book on Vallabhbhai Patel.(PTI)

Having a separate constitution for Jammu-Kashmir was an aberration, says NSA Ajit Doval

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2018 03:48 PM IST
Ajit Doval said sovereignty “cannot be a diluted and ill-defined”, and added that when the “British left, probably they did not want to leave India as a strong sovereign state.”
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Mahatma Gandhi, wrapped in his white shawl, sits before a microphone to speak at a prayer meeting in New Delhi. It was the second day of Gandhi’s fast (January 14, 1948) for communal peace. He ended his fast on January 18 after being given a pledge of harmony by leaders of different communities.(AP Photo)
Mahatma Gandhi, wrapped in his white shawl, sits before a microphone to speak at a prayer meeting in New Delhi. It was the second day of Gandhi’s fast (January 14, 1948) for communal peace. He ended his fast on January 18 after being given a pledge of harmony by leaders of different communities.(AP Photo)

Gandhi’s last (and greatest) fast

By Ramachandra Guha | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2018 09:03 AM IST
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
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