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In his book JNU: Nationalism and India's Uncivil War, professor Makarand R Paranjape fails to understand the essential irreverence that characterises the premier university

April 09, 2022 2:17 pm

Despite teaching for over two decades in Jawaharlal Nehru University, the academic seems intimidated by all that the university stands for

BJP to use lessons from UP success to retain power in Karnataka; Hindutva, nationalism, development to be key poll planks

March 15, 2022 6:11 pm

The party's recent victories to retain power in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur have shown that "principled politics can defeat caste politics", said Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.

Opposition parties must assert civic nationalism against narrow, intolerant nationalism

October 12, 2021 7:16 am

Pranab Bardhan writes: They must give up their silence and stop peddling soft Hindutva, which has only earned them contempt and ridicule.

In praise of inclusive nationalism

August 29, 2021 5:24 pm

The inclusive nationalism nurtured by the freedom movement is being challenged by Hindutva’s exclusionary version. A strong nation is possible only when all citizens feel they are part of it.

How India and China are shaped by the idea of national humiliation

July 06, 2021 7:57 am

Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes: While China uses it to legitimise authoritarian rule, India’s lack of egalitarianism makes it harder for national humiliation to be owned equally.

How Shashi Tharoor examines the two nationalisms at odds in India today but fails to explain the popularity of a hard, unforgiving ethnocentrism

May 23, 2021 12:17 am

The in-between space, between the Constitution and Modi, seems sparsely populated in Tharoor's new book 'The Battle of Belonging'. In real life, in this space, lie political failures of the past that cast a bigger shadow on the present and haunt the future

In classrooms, we need to rediscover meanings of 'disobedience', 'nationalism'

February 27, 2021 8:53 am

As teachers, many of us become overly cautious so that every word we utter in our classrooms becomes "technically perfect", "legally sanctified", and is in tune with the dominant ideology of nationhood.

Meghnad Desai writes: India doesn't need a single story of nationhood

February 23, 2020 10:46 am

India is a civilisation. It does not need a single story of its Nationhood. India is large enough to accommodate many stories of Nationhood. Indeed each linguistic region has its own story of Nationhood. That is its strength. The task is to weave these multiple regional stories into a rich garland that is India.

WhatsApp Uncle is lost looking for citizenship papers

February 02, 2020 8:16 am

He wants India to practise athiti daivo bhava, but fears being declared as an anti-national.

How to stay sane and shut out toxicity in a time of polarisation

January 02, 2020 3:19 pm

Trolls who engage in gaslighting end up digging personal histories, find other narratives that do not negate but deflect the main message of the persons, and also unleash viral abuse that makes the person believe that they might be wrong to even perceive an event as traumatic, let alone experience it.


When Rahul hugged Modi: Call me Pappu, insult me. But I have no hate for you

June 22, 2020 6:21 pm

At the end of an impassioned speech, Rahul Gandhi tells the Parliament that he has no hatred towards the BJP or RSS or anyone else who call him names and insult him. He said, that's what it is to be a Congressman, an Indian.

Shah should not lecture Congress on nationalism: Sibal

February 15, 2016 4:24 pm

New Delhi, Feb 15 (ANI): Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Monday rubbished Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah’s comment on the Jawaharlal Nehru University row, saying he did not have the stature to lecture Congress president Sonia Gandhi or vice president Rahul Gandhi on the issue of nationalism. Sibal said instead of dealing with the university students in the way that they should be dealt with, the BJP was busy proving that they were criminals. Sibal further stated that India is no more under British rule and added that Amit Shah and PM Modi cannot stop these young children from speaking their minds.