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Sudheendra Kulkarni

The writer was an aide to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Sudheendra Kulkarni writes: A suitable President, in a time where constitutional values are under siege
Thu, Jun 23, 2022

Sudheendra Kulkarni writes: A rubber stamp Rashtrapati may suit the needs of an all-powerful prime minister. But the majesty of Rashtrapati Bhavan lies less in its grand architecture and more in the extent to which its occupant ensures, without fear or favour, the supremacy of constitutional governance

Heralding a new era of Indo-Pak connectivity and cooperation
Fri, Mar 05, 2021

Neither country must lose the hope and momentum generated by the ceasefire agreement, despite likely setbacks.

Modi govt has mounted biggest attack yet on academic freedom with its diktat on international webinars
Thu, Feb 11, 2021

The academic community will soon see the wreckage and wonder how this could happen in democratic India.

We need a new democratic governing body to address chaos caused by myopic national governments
Mon, Nov 23, 2020

The time has come to rally around a new idea for the world — a democratic global government that will not be held hostage to war and narrow national sovereignty.

Jaswant Singh stood for a more inclusive India, a kinder BJP
Mon, Sep 28, 2020

Why was Singh admired within the BJP earlier, and reviled later? A plausible answer lies in the fact that, under Vajpayee’s leadership, the BJP was attempting sincerely to broad-base itself by becoming a liberal and secular party.

LAC has little meaning. Can India-China reimagine contours of a new Boundary of Assured Control?
Fri, Jun 19, 2020

For Modi, the choice is stark. Will he repeat Nehru’s blunder, risk an unwinnable war with China, and end his premiership without solving the India-China boundary dispute?

Kartarpur Corridor shows the way for reconciliation between India and Pakistan
Sat, Dec 07, 2019

Does Modi have it in him to break the Indo-Pak “Berlin Wall”, in coordination with General Bajwa and Imran Khan? Or will they allow inevitable provocations to interrupt the peace process, as has so often, and so sadly, happened in the past?

Saner elements in RSS should rein in forecasters of fantasy in their midst
Wed, Mar 27, 2019

Even as the Sangh wrestles with its own fixity about Akhand Bharat, some of its leaders, often, become such over-enthusiastic warriors for their cause that they throw all rationality to the wind.

Crossing the laxman rekha
Fri, Feb 15, 2019

Language used by both the Prime Minister and Congress president coarsens the political conversation, threatens healthy debate.

Why Rahul, Bhagwat must talk
Sat, Sep 01, 2018

That dialogue could weaken centrality of ‘secularism vs communalism’ debate

Atal Bihari Vajpayee (1924-2018): Democrat in Nehruvian mould
Fri, Aug 17, 2018

Humanity and empathy distinguished Vajpayee from his peers.

A visit that shows the way
Fri, Jun 01, 2018

Pranab Mukherjee’s proposed trip to Nagpur holds a lesson for Rahul Gandhi: Don’t be guided by the Left’s view of the Sangh

Fair justice
Wed, Apr 04, 2018

Feeling the heat of the Opposition’s allegation that it is “anti-Dalit”, the Modi government quickly decided to file a review petition against the apex court’s ruling.

Why Xi Jinping is no emperor
Fri, Mar 02, 2018

India must not view China through tinted glasses of a West fearful of the end of its global domination

India ignores Oliver Tambo’s centenary, once Delhi & ANC were fast friends 
Thu, Nov 23, 2017

Modi, his party and his government are now on an overdrive to move away from — and, if possible, altogether erase — the legacy of the Congress and the Nehru-Gandhi family.

An idea dead & alive
Fri, Nov 10, 2017

Putin’s Russia ignores the centenary of the Russian Revolution. Xi Jinping’s China wants to keep its message alive.

The agony and the city
Wed, Oct 04, 2017

Mumbai stampede was a systemic crime. City needs an empowered government of its own

BJP’s Belt and Road myopia
Thu, May 25, 2017

Instead of opposing China’s mega initiative, India should use it to play a leadership role in South Asia’s infrastructural and economic integration

The power of heroism
Mon, Nov 28, 2016

Very few leaders of the 20th century held sway over as many people around the world as Fidel Castro did.

Pope of non-violence
Fri, Sep 23, 2016

Pope Francis’ message is one that India and Pakistan must hear.

Bhangra, books and bonhomie
Wed, Apr 20, 2016

The Islamabad Literature Festival gives reason for optimism about India-Pak reconciliation

A self-goal by the RSS
Wed, Jan 06, 2016

The Akhand Bharat controversy exposes the Sangh’s ideological dogmas and difficulties.

Einstein: Not just an esoteric celebrity
Wed, Dec 02, 2015

Remembering Einstein on the 100th anniversary of the General Theory of Relativity. His fame is all the more exceptional because his achievement in science is not within the grasp of the ordinary mind

Be bold, not paranoid
Fri, May 08, 2015

Why Prime Minister Modi should ignore Arun Shourie’s advice as he sets out for Beijing

Mahatma’s storyteller: Narayan Desai
Tue, Mar 17, 2015

Like all true Gandhians, Narayan Desai lived a life of simplicity and dedication