The writer is based in Bangalore. His most recent book is Gandhi Before India.
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.
In 2019, remembering 1992 — a different kind of government, a different kind of protest
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.
It’s in an uncivilised world that a great musician can be prevented from performing in the national capital
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.
Ramachandra Guha writes: In promoting individual freedoms, India’s liberals must take on both Hindu and Muslim communalists
Because this trick distracts from government’s failures, and because dynast Rahul is Congress president
State should rope in scholars with a record in building centres of learning to helm ‘Institutions of Eminence’
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.
For all its ‘Congress-mukt’ talk, in its desire to capture public institutions, BJP is inspired by a Congress PM
For his sake and ours, Army Chief Bipin Rawat should speak less in public.
He had the ability to be of all castes and no caste at all
The strong and justified rebuke from African Heads of Mission is a wake-up call to all Indians
Anupam Mishra wrote with insight and creativity about peasants, pastoralists and the sustainable use of water.
NDTV and Bastar incidents display the undemocratic instincts of India’s politicians and public officials.
Let’s not allow debate about what it means to be Indian to be held hostage to jingoists and bigots.
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.
Higher education needs redemption and renewal. New HRD minister must be open to new ideas.
RSS can change its mind about Ambedkar. But it needs a frank reckoning with why, how it got here.
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
Equality before law must be accompanied by equality in social practices and in the eyes of god.
When a good man finds himself in bad company.
Sangh Parivar’s acknowledgement of Babasaheb’s greatness is belated and hypocritical.
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”.
The Emergency’s enduring legacy is the cult of the supreme politician: bigger than party, government, nation.