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Wednesday, July 06, 2022

Ramachandra Guha

Ramachandra Guha

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

Supreme Court must reflect on its calling as defined by the Constitution — and the direction it is taking
Thu, Aug 13, 2020

If the forces of authoritarianism and sectarian bigotry continue to gather momentum, and the Supreme Court does little or nothing to check them, then the verdict of history and of constitutional scholarship will be even harsher than it is at present.

The striking similarities between Babri Masjid demolition and Article 370 abrogation
Fri, Aug 09, 2019

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?
Thu, Feb 21, 2019

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
Sat, Nov 17, 2018

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

Burdens of the past
Tue, Apr 10, 2018

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
Sat, Mar 24, 2018

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

Why Nehru vs Patel
Fri, Feb 09, 2018

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

Nurturing excellence
Tue, Jan 23, 2018

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’
Mon, Jan 01, 2018

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
Sat, Nov 18, 2017

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

General speaks too much
Thu, Nov 09, 2017

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

Does Gandhi have a caste?
Tue, Jun 13, 2017

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

The racist in the mirror
Wed, Apr 05, 2017

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

The quiet fighter
Wed, Dec 21, 2016

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

Republic of Unfreedom
Mon, Nov 14, 2016

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

Obsessed with Pakistan
Thu, Sep 29, 2016

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

How Free at 70?
Freedoms still to be won
Mon, Aug 15, 2016

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
Fri, Jul 08, 2016

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

Which Ambedkar?
Thu, Apr 21, 2016

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?
Mon, Feb 22, 2016

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
Sat, Jan 30, 2016

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

Jaitley, like Singh
Mon, Dec 28, 2015

When a good man finds himself in bad company.

Bhagwat’s Ambedkar
Thu, Dec 10, 2015

Sangh Parivar’s acknowledgement of Babasaheb’s greatness is belated and hypocritical.

Akademi protests: Arun Jaitley’s remarks an insult to intelligence of writers
Mon, Oct 19, 2015

I know many of the writers involved; most are longstanding critics of the Congress. Contrary to Jaitley’s claim, most have never been “recipients of past patronage”.

It’s about the Dear Leader
Wed, Jun 24, 2015

The Emergency’s enduring legacy is the cult of the supreme politician: bigger than party, government, nation.