In conversation with philosopher Ramin Jahanbegloo on his new book, the process of ‘decivilisation’ and where we go from here.
The proposal to convert the state-run, Gujarati-medium Alfred High School into a museum was accepted by the Gujarat government last year.
Even when differences prevail, it is difficult to escape Marx and all his ideas.
Talcum powder, cheap spectacles, a walking stick, and a thread across his chest – and Gangappa is transformed into Gandhiji. Reinventing himself as the Mahatma has opened many doors for this labourer from Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh.
In the foreword to The Decline of Civilization, Romila Thapar argues that the current concept of civilisation is a partial understanding of a segment of the societies and cultures of the past, and thus a limited concept.
Subodh Kerkar is using art to spread awareness on the menace of litter in Goa.
The Champaran satyagraha was the first intersection of peasant unrest and the national movement, an assured guarantee for the ultimate success of the latter.
Only 13 of the 1948 Rs 10 Gandhi Purple Brown and Lake ‘Service’ stamps are in circulation.
Throughout India’s freedom struggle, the RSS was subservient to the British, with its leadership prohibiting participation in mass movements.
Ambedkar worked tirelessly for the rights of the oppressed, providing radical solutions that put him at odds with national figures like Mahatma Gandhi.
The violence perpetrated by Hindu organisations in the name of cow protection impelled Gandhi to shun the term in his later years. He consciously chose terms like ‘gau seva’ (caring for the cow) or ‘pashu-sudhaar’ (improvement of livestock).
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.
With spectacular sets and song and dance, the play presents different episodes from Gandhi’s life.
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.
“How can I force anyone not to slaughter cows unless he is himself so disposed? It is not as if there were only Hindus in the Indian Union. There are Muslims, Parsis, Christians and other religious groups here.”
Policemen who didn’t file FIRs, journalists who didn’t write questioning reports and former CMs who didn’t push investigations should all get a share of the credit for making Adityanath UP’s chief minister.
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.
‘The sword of revolution is sharpened on the whetting-stone of ideas,’ Bhagat Singh once said. And he proved that with the few masterpieces his brief but legendary life allowed him to pen.
Had the movement been launched, it would have strengthened the wider unity of the party and the revolutionaries, and inspired thousands of people to join the freedom struggle.
It is now considered harsh to call a spade a spade. One has less and less and sometimes no right to one’s truth. Ascendant is the truth of the strong, particularly the strong man.
Recent events show that Babasaheb Ambedkar’s fears of democracy giving way to dictatorship if the authority of its leaders remains unchecked may not have been unfounded.
Artist Vivan Sundaram and cultural theorist Ashish Rajadhyaksha’s collaborative artwork exploring the 1946 Bombay Mutiny will be displayed at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai, from March 17-25.
Nathuram Godse’s execution order and knowledge of the whereabouts of three of the accused are some of the documents missing from the national archives.
In Hindutva or Hind Swaraj, U.R. Ananthamurthy sets out to prove that V.D. Savarkar’s idea of Hindutva is dangerous to the idea of India but ends up situating him as an important and respectable thinker alongside Gandhi.
Universal Basic Income is only an idea in the making, but within its first year of conceptualisation, it seems like the first two terms of the acronym have already been reduced to notional ideas.
“We don’t force them against pondering on Gandhiji’s ideology, but they are not allowed to spread misconception on RSS.”
We will have to implement truth and nonviolence in vastly different ways than how Gandhians did a century ago.
Various groups want a ban on the play for justifying the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.
The charkha in Gandhi’s hands stands for a lot more than the act of spinning. Featuring Narendra Modi on the 2017 khadi calendar is a dangerous misappropriation.
Demonetisation has proved that it’s time we revisit what Gandhi and his colleagues had to say about public welfare and the importance of decentralisation.
There is a deep dichotomy, a fundamental two-ness in the Indian psyche which can be seen as an ‘India versus India’ phenomenon.
There are numerous facts and instances that highlight just how much of an impact Gandhi’s passive resistance campaigns in India and South Africa had in West Africa.
Article 48 of the constitution was worded in scientific terms and not on religious lines. But it is clear that the formulation of the provision involved a distinctive presence of religious fervour.
The seven-foot plus bronze sculpture of Gandhi, which has a bullet hole and the words ‘Hey Ram’ engraved on its back, is on display at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Bengaluru.
Bihar’s new prohibition law could land liquor sellers and consumers in jail for up to seven years and make them poorer by Rs 1 lakh to Rs 10 lakh.
The Instrument of Ratification was handed over to the UN Treaties Division, at a special ceremony to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi’s 147th birth anniversary.
The constitution that Sardar Patel compelled the RSS to adopt, clearly eschewing all concern with politics, needs to be restored, and there must be a clear avowal if any changes have been made in it and whether these are justified by law.
Ecological economist Mark Lindley says Gandhi’s ideas about economics are unpopular in India because its middle class is more eager to jump on the affluence bandwagon than take stock of the looming environmental crisis.
The NCW chief described his article as “objectionable and obnoxious”, while the opposition has demanded his dismissal from the party.
The Kashmiri artist’s recent work is layered by a loss that is both personal and collective.