Pratap Bhanu Mehta is vice-chancellor or Ashok University. He was earlier 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.
Tomorrow’s India needs a new Charter of Freedom. Does Congress have the courage to sign on to it?
Democracy was supposed to give power to the people. Instead, it has conferred sweeping powers on the executive
All Indian parties have construed Maoism as a threat and all of them, from the Congress to the Trinamool Congress, have been draconian in their own way. But what is different this time in not just that there are operations or arrests.
Using state power to enforce the sacred, Punjab’s sacrilege law defiles the sacred, messes with the secular.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee was living testament to the fact that liberality of temperament has the power to transcend ideologies.
PM Narendra Modi's Independence Day speech mirrored both his offer of the fantasy of hope and refusal to acknowledge the republic of fear
There is a powerful argument for not abrogating the Article. But we must also think beyond the binaries on it.
Modi government has added an insidious dimension to the nexus. It is hidden in plain sight
It seems alien in a world where resentment is not seen as imprisoning, freedom is freedom to hate.
The opposition needs to reopen a political debate on institutions, sign on to a charter for institutional reform
Liberal-bashing is fun: You can say that they are not liberal enough and target them for being liberal too
Delhi saga showcases poison of recrimination, institutional subversion, pettiness at highest levels
In the end, what he is doing may have more significance than who he is
PM Modi’s speech framed continuities, nuance in foreign policy. It needs full force of India’s example behind it
Message of Cobrapost sting: Media subservience to power, its contempt for the citizen.
Amid increasing communalisation in Assam, anxieties are deepening over the Citizenship Amendment Bill.
A vigorously written, widely-researched and powerful defence of the Enlightenment
Cow, namaz, historical monuments, Jinnah — we are back to cultural issues in the prelude to Partition
We can endure neither Court’s loss of legitimacy nor all the attempts being made to overcome it
Tridip Suhrud amps up Gandhi's original text by resuscitating some of its lost nuances and offering invaluable contextual pointers