For IS militants, unlike Socrates, only an “unexamined life” is worth living.
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.
Compelling citizens to listen to the national anthem with the objective of inculcating patriotism and nationalism violates the very autonomy that the nine-judge bench of the apex court recently upheld.
This week: Why women are joining the alt-right, a young woman’s thoughts on joining the RSS and the gendered expectations of nationalism.
Let us kindle within young Indians a strong desire to work for a better present, as against the ‘proud Indian’ who merely dreams of resurrecting some ‘golden age’ from the past.
“Neutrality” that draws equivalences in order shame the liberal voice into not speaking out actually ends up helping the forces of illiberalism.
In our plural secular democracy…the ‘other’ is to be none other than the ‘self’. Any derogation from it would be detrimental to its core values.
After Bhargava organised a controversial meeting at a research lab in Hyderabad in 1967, he was summoned by a committee set up by the Centre to be quizzed about his meat-eating preferences. Golwalkar was part of the committee.
“We have the right to consider holy any animal we like but to hope that followers of another religion will consider it equally sacred is nothing but to incite violence.”
Modi asked all MPs to hold events similar to last year’s ‘Tiranga Yatra’ to celebrate Independence Day and the anniversary of the Quit India movement.
An aggressive posture is one thing – but doing something about it is another, as countries factor in the costs and risks of aggression.
In the 82nd episode of Jan Gan Man Ki Baat, Vinod Dua discusses how the BJP IT cell indulges in organised trolling, and the imposition of linguistic nationalism in India.
Leveraging Vietnam’s influential “cult of heroes” allows the government to control public sentiment and religiosity, and channel it into nationalism.
Sporting disciplines that do not feature within the mainstream are deemed unworthy of our attention unless they bring glory – a selfish idea with little to say for the development of Indian sport.
In a freewheeling conversation with Siddharth Varadarajan, the celebrated historian discusses the place of nationalism in contemporary Indian politics, the role of the media and of the public intellectual
Does the story of the Indian railways really stop at presenting a fact file of imperial patronage?
The Sangh’s concerted campaign of anti-Muslim prejudice aims to completely marginalise the community in the public sphere.
“Our right to free speech and expression is not a gift or a privilege that the government bestows on us; it is our right.”
Universities exist for the sake of free inquiry and uninhibited debate. If that’s not what they are doing, they may as well cease to be.
Proponents of inward-looking politics have demonstrated an impressive capacity to exploit the globalisation of the political sphere.
When Balraj Sahni spoke truth to power.
Defence policy in India should not be seen as the final ‘good’ that nobody can disagree with.
There is a historical explanation for the appropriation of music and performance practices as part of the nationalist project in both India and Pakistan.
‘There are 25 crore Muslims in the country, where will you fling them? If you throw them in the ocean, it will dry up; if you think of burying them, there won’t be enough land for it. The only solution is that you embrace them.’
A free-flowing conversation on the peculiarities of Indian nationalism, its changing forms and more.
Going by Mohan Bhagwat’s logic, everyone in Kazakhstan would have to be a nomad because that’s what Kazakh means. And Pakistanis would all be, by definition, pure.
On the anniversary of Afzal Guru’s hanging return questions that have remained unanswered, questions that we refuse to face.
The Pope of Physics, by Bettina Hoerlin and Gino Segrè, is an informative biography of Fermi that also manages to deepen the sense of quiet mystery surrounding the legendary physicist.
What the home ministry’s new guidelines on how the disabled must show their respect for the national anthem tell us about the politics of pure nationalism.
In 1950, soon after India became a republic, a question was raised in Parliament: “Will the minister of home affairs be pleased to share what are the national anthems of India?” In the wake of independence with the process of nation building just having begun, the phrasing of […]
The famous story of a group of schoolboys trapped on an island is more than a little reminiscent of the real world right now.
The Supreme Court order encroaches on the functions of the executive and legislature, bypassing the checks-and-balances system enshrined in the constitution.
For some judges, substance is inversely proportional to verbosity. If this trend is not stopped, Indian jurisprudence will permanently suffer.
If nationalism, the way its sternest adherents argue, is a deep and overwhelming sentiment, then why do we need a disciplining machine to enforce that sentiment in us?
Terror management theory posits that people are inclined to be divided and hostile in the face of a perceived existential threat.
The rise of nationalism in rich countries poses a worrying challenge to migrants fleeing wars, UN refugee chief Grandi said on Sunday.
President Obama warned against a rise in nationalism and said a backlash against globalisation had stoked populist movements at home and abroad.
ISRO scientists have separately claimed that data from a CartoSat satellite was used to assist with the surgical strikes and that they invented the lightest material ever. Why were these claims made?
Gautam Gambhir’s stand shouldn’t surprise us: he openly identifies himself with a political party that espouses hostility towards Pakistan, and has been an outspoken supporter of the current finance minister.
As the national anthem played across his team’s pre-season fixtures, Kaepernick has chosen to sit through it to protest what is slowly becoming an American nightmare.