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.
“Why do we find ourselves in such hell? I know that neither Pakistan nor India is hell,” Gandhi said.
We have reached a stage where a Hindu’s nationalism is never in doubt even if he debunks the Constitution, glorifies Gandhi’s assassin and mourns India’s independence; but a Muslim or Christian’s person’s nationalism is always suspect.
The relationship between the Congress and the revolutionaries during the freedom movement was a lot more supportive than it is commonly believed to be.
Shrabani Basu’s For King and Another Country: Indian Soldiers on the Western Front is an engaging chronicle of the lives of Indian soldiers sent by the British Empire to fight in the first world war.
Through Rajnikanth’s portrayal of a conscious underclass hero who understands the nuances of Ambedkar donning a three-piece suit, the symbol of assertion has entered the Tamil film industry, heralding a major revolution.
In a remarkable coincidence, irrefutable evidence of ‘the RSS connection’ with Gandhi’s assassination surfaced in recent years – just as it was about to claim the Gandhian heritage.
Ishrat Akhond, a woman in the restaurant, refused even to identify herself as Muslim and court release. She abjured Islam itself as a global identity and mission, and in doing so recovered her particularity as a Muslim.
Law has to be made accessible to the lay person by keeping it short and simple.
Ajay Skaria talks about his new book, Unconditional Equality: Gandhi’s Religion of Resistance.
The new commission should investigate whether other conspirators and motives were involved in Mahatma Gandhi’s murder, says the public interest litigation filed on May 26 in Mumbai.
Gokhale being too rational and far-sighted did not arouse those deep, compelling, and divisive passions essential to mobilise people and to keep narrow versions of nationalism alive.
A conversation on the ideas of truth and violence between Ambedkar, Fanon and Gandhi.
During the anti-colonial struggle, nationalism made people think about ways to oust (colonial) injustice. Today, nationalism is being asked to play the opposite role: Prevent people from thinking about questions of justice.
If the students’ movement is to become something of a moral dividend for India, it must remain scrupulously non-violent, in thought, word and deed.
Sedition lingers on in India, refusing to go away, silencing students, doctors and writers today as it did nationalist leaders a century ago.
Against the mythical saffronised ‘nation’, Kanhaiya Kumar had called forth from historical muteness the resonant voices of solidarity and compassion.