Where can one find Ambedkar? Does it make sense to look for him in the hallowed grounds of academia or in political ideologues?
The Comintern’s chosen name for Nehru was ‘The Professor’, an apt description given the breadth of his historical awareness.
‘In the last three years, we have been witness to an unfortunate vilification campaign around you and your ideas about freedom, secularism and socialism.’
Mahatma Gandhi was shot dead at point blank range in New Delhi on January 30, 1948 by Godse, a right-wing advocate of Hindu nationalism.
The Hindu right-wing thinks it has the ability and power to rewrite history and is attempting to replace the truth with something that suits them better, truth be damned.
The apex court raised several questions including how evidence could be collected now to order further investigation into the case which had led to the conviction and execution of Nathuram Godse and Narayan Apte in November 1949.
We are at a juncture where it is possible to think of a ‘clean India’ without looking at the issue of urban sewage workers who clean the society’s filth.
While the potters comprise only Muslims, they deal primarily with Hindu wholesale dealers who truck away pots in bulk.
The liberation Mahatma Gandhi sought for women is still more an ideal than a reality.
Voices like Gandhi’s risked their lives, tirelessly telling us how to overcome the deathly traps of majoritarian nationalism.
Today, Champaran must save democracy from the drabness of majoritarian politics by creating new fictions for colour, for diversity, and for pluralism.
Gandhi will survive the state-sponsored assault on ahimsa only if we find the Mahatma within us.
The reason is simple. The national intellectual landscape is verdant. The Dravidian landscape, on the other hand, is an arid desert, and Periyar was the only cactus plant to have bloomed in it.
Amid the slow and accumulating distortions in school textbooks, monuments and mainstream media, we need a renewed scrutiny of the majoritarian nationalism that was behind the 1947 catastrophe.
If those who completely discredited the ethical considerations of Gandhi’s battle can get away with appropriating him, a host of issues will come under severe question.
In ‘Why Gandhi Still Matters’, Rajmohan Gandhi helps us understand the Mahatma’s legacy and analyses his ideas of ahimsa, Hindu-Muslim unity as well as his changing stand on the issue of caste.
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.