Pratap Bhanu Mehta is Contributing Editor at the Indian Express. He has been vice-chancellor of Ashoka University and 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.
Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes: Will to condemn this act must be accompanied by commitment to build a free society. Otherwise Kanhaiya’s executioners win
Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes: This arrest has to be seen as part of the larger pattern: ED and CBI raids whenever political convenient, use of UAPA charges against innocent students, communally targeted bulldozing of properties, control over the media
PB Mehta writes: Reform of the armed forces should be governed by a sound sociological, professional, institutional and strategic logic. Agnipath fails the smell test on all four
Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes: A short-term blow on behalf of civility could be weaponised to endanger free speech and communal harmony in the long run
Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes: It's not about rewriting Marxist or Nehruvian history but putting facts at the service of creating kinship and finding enemies.
Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes: As is often the case in Kashmir, one act of closure may open up new and even more ominous questions.
Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes: In the long run, something creative may emerge from this crisis as economies restructure. Under present conditions, the second-order effects of the war have magnified a great deal
Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes: Climate deniers are not the real challenge. Those who do not deny climate change are imprisoned by a sense of unreality.
Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes: The new Hinduism is about widespread acceptance of vile prejudice, alignment of state with majoritarian power, contempt for rights, glorification of violence
Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes: Putin may lose, but Putinism is ascendant as an ideology — now aligning itself with white supremacism, French chauvinism, Israeli right wing assertion, Ottoman dreams, Chinese aggression or Hindutva aggression.
Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes: The self-serving stances of all the great powers make it more likely that the world will be marked by more miscalculations, conflict and hubris
Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes: The BJP has transformed the nature of politics in ways to which the Opposition has no answer.
Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes: The brutal truth is that despite outrage in the West, the appetite for doing what it takes to put pressure on Putin is not yet in evidence.
Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes: Progressives in India have fallen into the trap of being seen to oppose or defend the hijab, where the truth is that it is presumptuous to do either
She represented us collectively. She also represented each one of us in our singularity
🔴 Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes: By the time he took his last breath, he had not only become one of the greatest musicians of all time, he had arguably become the highest point of Indian culture
🔴 Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes: The pressure on Delhi University will be eased if our regional universities are vastly improved
Let us hope that the world can steer clear of the conflicts that the major crises of 2021 seem to have made inevitable
🔴 Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes: Amnesia about recent history, pessimism lie behind the persistent refrain, ‘There is no alternative’.
🔴 Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes: Don’t expect the metaphysical project of defining a true Hindu to bell the political cat of building a decent society
Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes: It is necessary for restoring constitutional sanity, stopping the permanent othering of Nagaland.
🔴 Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes: We must ask what makes it alluring in the first place, instead of rooting for its ban.
Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes: It dents government’s image of total control, but whether it leads to a constructive dialogue or a sharpening of contradictions remains to be seen
Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes: In new era of great power rivalry, countries are choosing to preserve national supremacy over global problem-solving. This will have consequences.
Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes: It's not about establishing that everyone is equal before the law. There are larger ideological connections here.