Pratap Bhanu Mehta

Pratap Bhanu Mehta is President, Centre Policy Research, New Delhi, one of India's top think tanks. Before he started engaging with contemporary affairs, he taught political theory at Harvard, and briefly at JNU.  He has written extensively on intellectual history, political theory, law,  India's social transformation and world affairs. He is the recipient of the Infosys Prize, the Adisheshiah Prize and the Amartya Sen Prize.  He has been singularly blessed with wonderful colleagues and is grateful that all the institutions he has been associated with, value their independence fiercely. He misses having students, since nothing better expresses the idea of a good life than a good seminar.   He believes the purpose of writing is to provoke thinking not to provide instruction.  Although politics and the contemporary world excites him, the high point of the day for him  remains "retiring with the ancients," to use Machiavelli's phrase.  There is nothing like retiring with old books, that have more of the world in them than we often recognize.

Judicial quicksand
Wed, Apr 25, 2018

We can endure neither Court’s loss of legitimacy nor all the attempts being made to overcome it

The Definitive Truth
Sat, Apr 14, 2018

Tridip Suhrud amps up Gandhi's original text by resuscitating some of its lost nuances and offering invaluable contextual pointers

Kathua, Unnao: Shame on us
Fri, Apr 13, 2018

In Kathua and Unnao, just blaming politicians is another way of exonerating ourselves

Who do you think you are?
Wed, Apr 11, 2018

While identities matter, when they are carelessly ascribed, they become inimical to freedom.

A southern discontent
Fri, Mar 30, 2018

Increasing alienation between the North and South in political discourse is fuelled by deep cultural anxieties

Engineering democracy
Thu, Mar 22, 2018

Cambridge Analytica fracas reopens the big questions about the organisation of the information order

A claim for dignity
Tue, Mar 13, 2018

It is morally obtuse and analytically misleading to see farmers’ long march as a demand for handouts

Revisiting Shivpalganj
Wed, Mar 07, 2018

As it turns 50, ‘Raag Darbari’ continues to tell the story of our politics, its crisis of meaning, with humour.

Art of scam management
Tue, Feb 27, 2018

BJP thought it had a huge rhetorical advantage on corruption but after Nirav Modi, it looks like this issue will be a draw

India in a corner: Beneath the foreign policy bluster is a great floundering
Thu, Feb 15, 2018

The vigour of PM Narendra Modi’s travels can barely disguise the fact that in terms of India’s security objectives, he is looking very weak indeed.

Most credible thing about Budget was government acknowledging its nervousness
Fri, Feb 02, 2018

Trying to be all things to all people, budget seeks to bluff its way on fundamental tensions in the economy

The new Dalit challenge
Wed, Jan 24, 2018

Pressures of a different Dalit imagination are colliding against strategies of containment of an old politics

Do we have justiciable evidence against CJI Dipak Misra?
Mon, Jan 15, 2018

The charge against Chief Justice Dipak Misra is serious. But do we have justiciable evidence?

A return to reality
Tue, Feb 13, 2018

Let’s reclaim a realism about nature and self that our frenzied pursuit of enmities and ends is obscuring.

Intellectual Order in a Chaotic World
Sat, Dec 30, 2017

Reading philosophy, history and violence in 2017

Institutions after 2G: The many losers after the judgment
Sat, Dec 23, 2017

Verdict is a reminder that state incapacity may be a bigger issue than active political malfeasance

Why the Indian democracy is poised at a moment fraught with danger
Tue, Dec 19, 2017

If democracy is more secure with an effective opposition, BJP victory sends sobering signals

Power and insecurity
Wed, Dec 13, 2017

PM’s Gujarat campaign shows the politics of hope has been replaced entirely by the politics of fear

That fateful day
Thu, Dec 07, 2017

Events of December 6, 1992 assaulted both secularism and Hinduism. Consequences are still to play out fully

Pakistan’s original sin
Fri, Dec 01, 2017

It is its treatment of Ahmadis. It needs to overcome that anxiety to liberate itself on several fronts