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Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Rajni Bakshi

John Lennon’s Imagine, 50 years later, resonates with a global politics of brotherhood
Sat, Jul 03, 2021

The dark cloud which seems to hang over the Imagine spirit may have little to do with material circumstances and more to do with our failure to locate the spirit in the completeness of life.

What exactly is ‘good science’?
Mon, May 17, 2021

It doesn’t merely challenge superstition and obscurantism, but also challenges a narrow, one-dimensional definition of itself

D L Seth influenced a generation of academics, activists with his ideas on democracy
Sat, May 08, 2021

His primary legacy was as mentor to scores of activists who played a key role in many struggles for justice – from grassroots efforts to counter communalism to struggles against “destructive development”

Remembering Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
Sun, Apr 25, 2021

The Maulana was a bird that flew above the storm clouds. His trust in peace and dialogue was not framed by circumstances.

Farmers’ agitation frames the power — and challenge — of non-violent protest
Mon, Feb 08, 2021

Non-violent protests become unbeatable by constantly seeking new ways to deepen their resolve and reaffirming faith in possibilities we cannot immediately actualise.

Common Cause: What is an undisturbed city today, and how climate chaos affects it
Mon, Nov 23, 2020

The pandemic has brought public life to an unprecedented standstill. A writer reimagines and re-examines form and functionality in the cities which nurture us

Gandhi’s was a creative resistance that acknowledges and also transcends past hurts
Thu, Oct 01, 2020

Gandhi Jayanti special: Regardless of the specific issue or dispute — freedom from resentment promises to be a winner and leveller.

Arrests of anti-CAA protesters are a moment of reckoning for all of us
Thu, Jun 25, 2020

Are enough Indians willing to place basic moral norms above their political preferences? For example, it should be possible for someone who is in favour of CAA to also oppose the arrest of protesters.

In distressing times of pandemics and violence, laughter can alleviate pain
Mon, Mar 23, 2020

Laughter clubs across the world are proof of a widely-held belief about laughing your way to good health or, at least, good mood.

January 30: The day of celebrating triumph of Gandhi’s insight that in nonviolence there is no defeat
Thu, Jan 30, 2020

It may seem natural, at this point, to feel superior to those who are brazenly advocating civil war. But is that helpful? Aren’t we then mirroring the anger and hatred which, in the first place, is the problem we are trying to solve?

Beyond either-or views, many want temple at Ayodhya but don’t want to hurt mosque
Thu, Nov 07, 2019

A quarter century later, it is futile to hope that the Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya, whatever it might be, will somehow mark a closure. Healing the social fabric is far more important.

In Good Faith: When Ramnam is a sanctuary
Mon, Apr 22, 2019

In Mumbai, the akhanda kirtan during Ramnavmi provided a relief from the bustle of elections and an opportunity to approach politics from a broader view.

Gained in Translation: Gandhi’s art of disagreement
Sun, Feb 10, 2019

Nathuram Godse and Gandhi both had an abiding love for India but Godse was so deeply offended by Gandhi’s idea of India that killing Gandhi was, for Godse, the most satisfying way of settling this disagreement.

The Mahatma’s economics
Wed, Oct 03, 2018

Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy has urged the replacing of GDP with a measure of progress that gives primacy to social and environmental well-being.

Through A Wider Lens
Tue, Jun 26, 2018

AIIB meeting presents an opportunity to redefine the parameters of development.

King’s Way
Wed, Apr 04, 2018

As King tirelessly reiterated — we will not learn non-violence from a guru or a saint. We can only learn it by loving whoever we deem to be the “other” — by tirelessly reaching out to them in a quest for reconciliation.

What Our Anthems Say
Sat, Aug 15, 2015

South Asia’s national anthems are patriotic rather than nationalistic.

Creating a new social contract
Mon, Mar 17, 2003

Inclusive justice requires learning to slay giants without slaying or flaying people; to alter mindsets without affronting the dignity of th...