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Thank God For Independent Minds

Unfairness often descends from above, from those with power, but around us are compatriots who want everyone's dignity to be respected.

The BBC raids and India today: Questions even a child could ask

Why are leaders not answering the simplest of questions? The silence does not bode well for India's traditions of debate and dissent

Don't Be Shocked If Mughal Art, Cuisine Get New Names

To call a garden "Mughal" was to describe the garden, not to memorialise a dynasty.

Shared unbelonging

It is the inalienable right of any and every Indian to fight for dignity, equality, and liberty, and, simultaneously, offer fraternity to his or her compatriots. A Muslim Indian’s right to do this is not less than that of a Hindu. Not one nanogram less.

Does PM Modi's "One Earth, One Family" Slogan Apply To India?

There's a difference between the zahreeli hawa of 1947 and today's heady mix of contempt and arrogance - of nafrat and ghamand. Hurts caused by real injuries may heal with time, or they may be set aside by wisdom, or by the warnings of our conscience.

Kasturba was radical and independent

This was Kasturba and her determination. She had the lawyer-like skill, and the toughness of leadership. She had intellectual jousts with her husband.

Confronting 'Nafrat', Has Rahul Gandhi Broken The Spell Of Fear?

By openly confronting nafrat, Rahul Gandhi's yatra may have broken the spell of fear. Bharat Jodo has turned out to be an excellent slogan. It is a necessary one, too.

Review: India After 1947

Samrat Choudhury reviews Rajmohan Gandhi's book: "It is a quick and often delightful read. The author, political scientist and historian Rajmohan Gandhi writes with felicity and grace to bring together, as the title suggests, some recollections from his long life of more than 87 years, and reflections on current trends such as Hindu nationalism."

Rahul Gandhi Fumbles With Savarkar Remark But Yatra Is Needed

Rahul Gandhi's Bharat Jodo Yatra...seems to be providing evidence that people who believe in everyone's dignity, who reject hierarchy and supremacy, who want to reach out to all their compatriots on India's good earth, will find comrades and fellow marchers.

What PM Modi Said At Bali - Versus The Reality

Can anyone invoke Gandhi without inviting a reminder of Ishwar Allah Tere Naam? ...In our noble land, our children are being divided into the greater and the lesser, our people into the superior and the inferior. The urge to dominate, coerce, and humiliate is being given a fillip...