While Ram Nath Kovind, in his independence day address, talked about Nehru’s efforts to strike a balance between the traditional and the modern; Amit Shah, a few days earlier, had said Nehru “borrowed western ideas” and ignored India’s glorious past.
“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.”
Past Continuous: Those Who Think Nehru Was Power Hungry Should Review Events Leading to Independence
A fortnightly column reflecting on chapters of India’s political past that are relevant today.
As India commemorates the centenary of the Champaran satyagraha, we must ensure that heroes like Pir Muhammed Munis are brought to the forefront of the narrative.
Jadhav has decided to return the Mahatma Phule Best Journalist award that he received in 2011 to protest against Manmohan Vaidya’s statement at JLF and against the anti-Dalit stance of the Gujarat government.
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.
At one time the BJP’s ideologues called Ambedkar a “false god”, now they are keen to appropriate him
For RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat to now tell us that we are not good nationalists would ordinarily be laughable. However, the fact that he is the leader of a movement that rules India today makes it difficult to break into a smile.
Fake letters and politically motivated claims cannot change the fact that Bose and Nehru had great admiration for each other.
The BJP may not have been involved in recent incidents of violence but some of its leaders have justified or defended what happened. We hope the party won’t take the same time to sideline them as it took Congress to relegate those who organised or defended 1984.
If there is any contemporary lesson in the dispute between Nehru and Patel, it is that it is against the democratic grain to allow any one single individual to exercise unlimited power.
“Where did the congratulations come in? Would it not be more appropriate to say condolences?”Gandhi was responding to the greetings sent to him on his 78th birthday. It was October 2, 1947, Gandhiji’s first birthday after India gained independence. Lady and Lord Mountbatten came to congratulate him. Telegrams, letters, flowers, […]
Nehru did not give rise to the ‘idea of India’ which the RSS now mocks but it was India that created him. You may take the Nehru out of India. But how do you take the India out of itself?
The earlier coyness of the RSS is gone. It will now play an even bigger role in Indian politics
With the security of tenure becoming more uncertain, it is worrisome that 60 officers have sought voluntary repatriation to their state cadres.