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RAHUL’S SOMNATH VISIT IS A GIMMICK

Will the Congress president-elect now accept that Nehru’s opposition to rebuilding the Somnath Temple was misplaced? Rahul Gandhi who had once declared that those who worship in temples molest women, will, it has been reported, launch his campaign for the Gujarat assembly poll from sacred and eternal temple town of Somnath. …

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RAHUL AT BERKELEY: A CONFUSED CACOPHONY

Rahul Gandhi’s Berkeley speech, unlike Nehru’s, was a private affair. Bereft of an element of thought, he expressed his own state of mind and that of his party’s — lacking in direction and cohesion Former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s speech, delivered at the University of California, Berkeley, on October 31, 1949, …

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MAMATA’S BRAZEN ADMISSION OF MUSLIM APPEASEMENT

In West Bengal today, after four decades of red fascism, has come an era of secular fascism, which takes the Hindus for granted, rides roughshod over them and snatches away their right to live in dignity and security In a Press conference sometime this week, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, finally admitted …

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CIVILISATIONAL DIALOGUE AT SAMVAD IN YANGON

Modi’s vision of India’s civilisational outreach was in full display at the second Samvad gathering: It generated goodwill, confidence and an urge towards a greater synthesis of thought, of direction and of action Despite political vicissitudes, despite the many layers of our relations over the decades, despite challenging phases as …

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SAMVAD: MODI’S VISION OF CIVILISATIONAL DIALOGUE

The Modi-Abe partnership on Samvad looks beyond present stereotypes of soft power and works towards erecting new foundations for civilisational exchange and to put together coalitions of cultures and civilizations A defining feature of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foreign policy is his sustained and ceaseless emphasis on India’s civilisational dimensions, its …

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OF NAKEDNESS, HITLER’S SPIRIT AND FAILED LEADERS

A number of afflicted half-intellectuals and failed leaders abound in India today. And Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is foremost among them. His shallowness outshines all others Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, during one of those periods when he is afflicted with a compelling urge to churn out some fundamental thought and observations …

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PORIBORTAN THAT BENGALIS NEVER REALLY WANTED

Mamata Banerjee has taken West Bengal to a new low in minority vote-bank politics. As worse, she has imperiled the well-being of others, who live in fear of their lives Clearly, the situation in West Bengal is spiralling out of control and deteriorating by the day. The recent spate of mob …

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CHATUR CHARLATANS AND THE CHATUR BANIA

The actual problem in our politics-infested and elitism-smacking intellectual climate is not with Gandhi being described in the manner that BJP president Amit Shah has done When Mahatma Gandhi’s ship docked at Marseilles on September 11, 1931, and he was on his way to the 1st Round Table conference convened by …

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ANIL MADHAV DAVE: A PERSONAL REFLECTION

Just as he was gearing up to play the most crucial innings of his life, Dave suddenly decided to ‘get off the track’, leaving behind for those he inspired and touched, bewilderment and silence of the Narmada Prime Minister Narendra Modi called him a friend and described him as a …

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INTELLECTUALS, YES, BUT WITH CLOSED MINDS

Historian Ramchandra Guha’s academic capacities may be considerable, but they are severely compromised by the biases he holds, and which colour his opinions Cricket historian Ramchandra Guha recently called Professor BB Kumar, the newly appointed Chairman of the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR), a “semi-literate Sanghi”. These words …