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A TRIBUTE TO DEENDAYAL UPADHYAYA

In his centenary year, it is worthwhile to remember and pay tribute to the fact that it was primarily due to Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya’s leadership that the Baharatiya Jana Sangh struck deep roots in the Indian political soil and spread across the country In 2016, his centenary year, it is …

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SYMBOLISM OF TIRANGA YATRA

The BJP’s week-long Tiranga Yatra set out a deep message of unity across the country. It talked about four goals viz, protection of national sovereignty, striving to acquire respect in the comity of nations, striving to be materially prosperous and striving to establish a kalyan rajya The Tiranga Yatra, flagged …

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Tiranga yatra historic response to forces of disintegration

The just-concluded Tiranga Yatra announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to commemorate the 70th year of India’s independence and to celebrate the contributions of revolutionary nationalists, now forgotten or marginalised since independence for political reasons and omitted from the saga of our freedom movement, has given rise to a wave …

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RE-DISCOVERING A RARE HERITAGE

Syama Prasad Mookerjee’s own diaries record his deep anguish at the spectre of death and decay. But then scholars, bent on peddling a certain political line, are never serious and assiduous about studying primary sources, they prefer handling and peddling propaganda One of Syama Prasad Mookerjee’s diary entries record his …

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ARTICULATING THE PAST HISTORY

A third category of people who have spread a Goebbelesian propaganda against Mookerjee’s legacy are the communist apologists. For them, his legacy is troublesome. They have, therefore, tried to marginalise any genuine nationalist who has challenged their world A third category of people who have in the last fortnight barked …

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Expose and reject disruptionists for a healthy democracy

Displaying his party’s true faith in the barrel of the gun and its respect for terrorists, a senior CPI(M) functionary from Jammu and Kashmir desisted from calling Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani a “terrorist”. The Kulgam MLA and state secretary of the party, Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, in a statement referred to …

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BUILDING INDIA’S INDUSTRIAL SPINE

It is an asinine mind that tries to distort records, and through a Google search, attempts to disprove SP Mookerjee’s contribution as India’s first Industry and Supply Minister. His role in strengthening the handloom and textile industry in India cannot be overlooked The dynamics of the exhibition (on the multifaceted …

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NEW LIGHT ON FORGOTTEN STALWARTS

An exhibition on the multifaceted aspects of the life and legacy of Syama Prasad Mookerjee at the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library in Delhi has raised the hackles among those who have imposed a mono-narrative on us and have been intolerant towards a diversity of views For the first time, …

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National interest not utmost

When Naresh Agarwal of the Samajwadi Party hurled abuses at Hindu deities during a discussion in the Rajya Sabha, those who came to his vehement defence were the usual suspects, members of the Congress and the Communist cabal. They continued to defend Agarwal and tried to deflect and dilute the …

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Not Amit Shah but some Congressmen certainly need lessons in Indian history: a response to Jaipal Reddy

The last historian worth his salt that the Congress had was Pattabhi Sitaramayya – and Pattabhi would lament that none in the Congress had any interest for the meticulous and selfless work of documentation and record keeping that he did. Later the Congress gradually outsourced history writing to Marist historians …