B.R. Ambedkar

BJP president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi: Credit: PTI

The Perils of Saffron Nationalism

To the eternal credit of our founding matas and pitas in the constituent assembly, they refused to replace India with Bharat despite pleas by some members. The BJP’s call today to make the chanting of ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’ the test of patriotism is not a way of upholding the constitution but of undoing it.

The Promise of the Nation

The proof of an idea or an institution lies in its imagination. In the face of highly contested charges, Jawaharlal Nehru University kept its imagination alive: It held a series of open-air lectures on nationalism by professors, for students of the university and beyond. In the first among […]

File photo of V Rohith, who was found hanging in a hostel room in the University of Hyderabad.

I Have to Go – A Kafi to Be Sung at Rohith’s Urs

The celebration of the union of the soul of a deceased pīr with the beloved Pathanay Khan, a wandering singer from the Thal desert of Pakistan, sings this ‘kafi’ by Shah Hussein in raag Des with such affection and feeling that even I can understand Punjabi with the music and […]