While the Centre may choose someone who sees eye to eye with it on pending legal issues, it should remember that the attorney general’s role is conceived as independent and non-political – a principle that Setalvad stood by.
Past Continuous: Those Who Think Nehru Was Power Hungry Should Review Events Leading to Independence
A fortnightly column reflecting on chapters of India’s political past that are relevant today.
On narrow nationalism, why minorities, especially Muslims, must be made to feel safe in India, and the need to replace the short ‘jhadoo’ with a long-handled broom.
When the onslaught of majoritarianism or the assertion of narrow identities is taking us to a dark, segmented world, are we ready to hear the call of his lost voice?
The declassified ‘Netaji Files’ reveal how Prime Minister Nehru and chief minister Bidhan Chandra Roy took care of Subhas Chandra Bose’s family.
The Seva Dal has been the Congress’s grassroots organisation since the 1930s, but the party’s failure to promote the Dal is costing it dearly in its battle against the BJP and RSS.
India will soon have the largest economy in the world. A way for Australia to benefit is to collaborate with universities.
Prakash Kashwan’s Democracy in the Woods: Environmental Conservation and Social Justice in India, Tanzania, and Mexico shows, choosing between land rights of the peasants and forest dwellers and environmental sustainability is a false choice.
Despite Hindi being the language of the UP legislative assembly, BJP members have been allowed to take their oath in Sanskrit, while doing so in Urdu has been disallowed.
On March 20, the ABVP disrupted a seminar at a college in Bareilly, alleging that retired BHU professor Chauthi Ram Yadav had made controversial remarks about the RSS.
A new book recalls the attempts by the Congress for Cultural Freedom to penetrate the Indian intellectual space.
In the Uttar Pradesh elections, the simple question of people wanting to create their own history shall remain buried along with democracy.
And while the IITs have been in decline for many years now, some of the MHRD’s exclusivist policies are poised to drive them further into the ground.
In the face of new social conservatism drawing from militant nationalism and global capitalism, Gandhi’s philosophy may hold lessons even for his left-Ambedkarite critics.
The biggest lesson India has to share is the importance of creating a diverse public sphere that is inclusive and welcoming to all.
When the leadership of India and Pakistan move towards an improvement of ties, they will have to move in tandem with the unanimity of a supportive press.
Dam-builders seldom keep their promises and the government has failed to stop their infrastructural orgies. We thus have a disease of gigantism on our hands crippling the Chambal’s ecology.
The idea of seniority came about to avoid any ‘politicisation’ of the military. In its overzealousness to ensure an apolitical military, India has picked as army chief the senior most rather than one whose career is most stellar, until now.
The celebrated social theorist and political psychologist spoke to The Wire about Modi, demonetisation and the state of Indian democracy.
The twin crises of 1956 underlined a key problem with Jawaharlal Nehru’s foreign policy – non-alignment only dictated what shouldn’t to be done (allying with a major power), but couldn’t provide a framework for thinking about what ought to.
The Modi government has reneged on a significant compromise on national language made during the constituent assembly debates – the Munshi-Ayyangar formula.
The 92-year-old librarian served generations of Indian high commissioners to the UK and had many rare and entertaining stories to share about them.
M. Hashim Kidwai’s memoir recollects the student movements at Lucknow University, the role of Muslims in resisting Partition, and their participation in politics and academics after Independence.
Opposing cultural interaction between the two countries simply reinforces the two-nation theory. Yet, this will not be able to do much damage to the historical flow of cultural currency between ordinary people on both sides.
When celebrating the life of gifted classical singer M.S. Subbulakshmi, the sacrifices of some of those behind her success – like her mother Shanmugavadivu – often go unrecognised.
The prime minister would do well to ponder over the Constitutional relationship between the Union of India and Kashmir and use that a starting point
“What RSS promotes is fantasy not history….There is nothing common between history and such mythology.”
India should not ignore the fact that the Non Aligned Movement comprises frontline states in the contest for economic influence between China and the United States.
Academics are worried that NBT’s decision to discontinue printing Chandra’s book, Communalism- A Primer, signals an authoritarian regime settling in.
The NCW chief described his article as “objectionable and obnoxious”, while the opposition has demanded his dismissal from the party.
Plurality and the scientific method have a civilisational context, and they must define a new civilisational morality. Scientists must help engender this.
Letters between Nehru and India’s ambassador in the US shed light on his stand that while India was “certainly entitled to a permanent seat in the security council,” it would be dangerous for this to come at the cost of China.
The government’s goal should be to create incentives for all shades of opinion in Jammu and Kashmir to engage politically with the question of what kind of relationship the state should have with the Indian Union.
The relationship between the Congress and the revolutionaries during the freedom movement was a lot more supportive than it is commonly believed to be.
Acharya Kripalani shows that the Congress’s presidentship has given the nation a tradition of individuality and dissent, not prescriptiveness and consent.
As India turns 70, C.P. Surendran measures the limits of freedom in India. Have we done enough to realise the promises made in the Constitution?
It is easier to be united in outrage against a singular, spectacularly brutal act of violence than against the normalised, everyday violence of the state anywhere in the world.
The new draft rules for bureaucrats ban them from saying anything against the government and its policies, including through humorous means like caricatures.
An ongoing exhibition on Syama Prasad Mookerjee attempts to credit the Jan Sangh founder for India’s industrialisation and blame Jawaharlal Nehru for neglecting events that led to his ‘mysterious death’.
What do we know of B.C. Roy, the doctor honoured every year on July 1, National Doctors’ Day?