Today there is an attempt at portraying the Congress party – and its leaders during independence and Partition – in very different hues from the inclusiveness, tolerance, democracy and secularism it upheld in very trying times.
The ‘spiritual age’ Sri Aurobindo visualised is strikingly different from what present-day proponents of religious fundamentalism talk about with their politics of culture and religion and the stigmatisation of the ‘other’.
At the Red Fort, on August 15, 1947, the past and the present had coalesced to mark a newly independent nation’s step towards the future.
The quotation published in a newspaper ad is misleading and mischievous. It is erroneous and puts words in Gandhi’s mouth that are not his.
The self-reflexive and ethical perspectives of the second and third generation of witnesses to the catastrophe of 1947 may help in healing the wounds of Partition.
In 1984, a Left Front minister in Bengal wanted Baij’s statue of Tagore in Hungary removed because it didn’t ‘look like him’. Today, his statue of Gandhi in Assam is facing the same criticism.
A fortnightly column reflecting on chapters of India’s political past that are relevant today.
Narendra Modi invoked Mahatma Gandhi to say that violence in the name of the cow was not acceptable.
The prime minister’s statement comes in the wake of increasing incidents of violence by ‘cow protectors’.
Inspired by Gandhi’s minimalistic approach to diet intake, the tea is an organic caffeine-free blend of all-natural ingredients.
“Your chelas may be good at counting votes and notes, but I cannot bring myself to keep quiet in the face of the creeping institutionalised shoddiness in India’s political life and public space.”
His expedition will be completed on October 2, 2019 in Pakistan, on Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary.
Shah’s remark not only reduces Gandhi’s status by identifying him only by his caste, but is also a stunning reminder of how pervasive caste prejudices are.
Vinod Dua discusses the impact of demonetisation in light of SBI’s recent admission that it has led to a slowdown in Indian economy, and Amit Shah’s comment on Gandhi.
In times of fear and insecurity, much of it manufactured, it is only a politics of morality, like that of Gandhi, that can come up with an appropriate response.
Addressing a group of “eminent persons” in Chhattisgarh, he also said the Congress party was “merely an instrument of gaining independence”.
Goan artist Subodh Kerkar is trying to highlight Gandhi’s contemporary relevance through art, including an app that can create a 3D image of Gandhi on your phone.
The character of a German fascist in Borges’s work shares uncanny similarities with Nathuram Godse – both consider acts of bloodshed more honourable than inconsequential acts of apostolic service.
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.