Ramachandra Guha

The writer is based in Bangalore. His most recent book is Gandhi Before India.

Articles By Ramachandra Guha

The striking similarities between Babri Masjid demolition and Article 370 abrogation

In 2019, remembering 1992 — a different kind of government, a different kind of protest

Why attack young Kashmiris for Pulwama attack, a crime committed by someone else?

If young Kashmiris are told that colleges in the mainland have no place for them, who does that help but jihadis? The political response within India to the barbarous attack in Pulwama has played absolutely into the hands of the Lashkar, the Jaish, and the ISI.

If Krishna can’t sing

It’s in an uncivilised world that a great musician can be prevented from performing in the national capital

Burdens of the past

Ramachandra Guha: My comparison was ill-chosen, and the chastisement I received for it is merited. I also agree that the headscarf and the skull-cap are akin to the turban and the vibhooti, markers of religious identity that should not offend anyone when displayed in public.

Liberals, sadly

Ramachandra Guha writes: In promoting individual freedoms, India’s liberals must take on both Hindu and Muslim communalists

Why Nehru vs Patel

Because this trick distracts from government’s failures, and because dynast Rahul is Congress president

Nurturing excellence

State should rope in scholars with a record in building centres of learning to helm ‘Institutions of Eminence’

My dear fellow deshbhakts, let me provide ‘a glimmer of encouragement’

Amid the gloom of religious polarisation, environmental degradation and political venality, there is hope in the resistance of Dalits and women, and in the intelligence and audacity of thousands of young Indians.

Indira Gandhi to Modi

For all its ‘Congress-mukt’ talk, in its desire to capture public institutions, BJP is inspired by a Congress PM

General speaks too much

For his sake and ours, Army Chief Bipin Rawat should speak less in public.

Does Gandhi have a caste?

He had the ability to be of all castes and no caste at all

The racist in the mirror

The strong and justified rebuke from African Heads of Mission is a wake-up call to all Indians

The quiet fighter

Anupam Mishra wrote with insight and creativity about peasants, pastoralists and the sustainable use of water.

Republic of Unfreedom

NDTV and Bastar incidents display the undemocratic instincts of India’s politicians and public officials.

Obsessed with Pakistan

Let’s not allow debate about what it means to be Indian to be held hostage to jingoists and bigots.

Freedoms still to be won

Sixty-nine years after Independence, Indians are more free than when the British left, but less free than what the framers of our Constitution hoped us to be.

A note for Mr Javadekar

Higher education needs redemption and renewal. New HRD minister must be open to new ideas.

Which Ambedkar?

RSS can change its mind about Ambedkar. But it needs a frank reckoning with why, how it got here.

Hoisting the national flag in Central universities is a great idea. But why at 207 feet?

In all respects, our Central universities are well placed — except for the wavering commitment to Mother India of many of their students, and (shameful to say) of even some of their faculty

We, the unequal

Equality before law must be accompanied by equality in social practices and in the eyes of god.