Rajmohan Gandhi

The writer, a grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, is research professor at the Centre for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Articles By Rajmohan Gandhi

Age of prejudice

'Age of terror' may be an inadequate term for our times. Ours is an age where suspicion and loathing infiltrate police stations, courtrooms, newspapers, TV, and dance wildly on social media.

Past Forward: Iron Man, his flesh and blood

On the 31st of this month, when his mammoth statue is unveiled, India will see the Sardar raised to the sky. Here’s a slice of history.

Past Forward: Iron man, in flesh and blood

Can we get to know, today in our 21st century, a heart that began its life in the 19th century and expired in the middle of the 20th? Researching the Sardar in the late 1980s, I was staggered by his self-sacrifice.

Transient triumphs

History reveals that popularity of authoritarian leaders and majoritarian agendas is a transitory phenomenon

Giving up on a statesman

Dalai Lama has won many hearts, including in China. India’s decision to shun him reflects poorly on Delhi.

Debating Partition, the Oxford way

Lambasting the British is easy. India needs to examine its own inability to nurture debate.

A battle of consequence: A campaign of interesting OTMs (other than Modi)

The Jignesh-Hardik-Alpesh (JHA) trio have previously clashed with one another. Their understanding with Rahul and the Congress is fresh. Win or lose, their biggest test will be over their mutual partnership after December 18.

The other as foe

History is replete with the horrors of us-vs-them narratives.

Truth, without fear or favour

Central government must lead the fight to protect what the killings — of Kalburgi, Pansare, Dabholkar, now Gauri Lankesh — have violated: The rights to life, belief and expression. The nation is watching.

Flags of our fathers

Does Modi want the Indian people’s voluntary love and respect? Does he want the world’s approval? The future’s appreciation? Or does he merely want to rule for a long time, allowing persons in his large parivaar and supportive vigilantes to enforce obedience?

Marriage made on earth

In the backdrop of the Israeli-Indian alliance are realities of occupation, suppression and misery.

Turn searchlight inward

Those who want India to stay pluralist, must conserve strength, correct mistakes, construct networks

India needs change by conversation, not audacity alone

After 31 months, the BJP’s Modi-centred government seems to have divided India into two sharply opposed camps.

Nehru for our time

India needs to recall its first prime minister for his love and passion for personal liberty

Calm down

This is a time of surgical strikes, hysteria, hostility to dissent. Why frankness, debate, questioning must follow

Drop the stone…

... because, to embarrass the rest of us into caring, Kashmiris must use fresh methods, free of radical Islam, free of violence.

Why attacks on Mahatma Gandhi are good

They offer an opportunity to recall what he stood for. The imperfect Gandhi was more radical and progressive than most contemporary compatriots.