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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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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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ARTICULATING THE TRUTHS OF HISTORY

On Syama Prasad Mookerjee’s 115th birth anniversary, it’s time people get over their ignorance, and communicate, without fear, certain historical truths about him that have been subverted by both British colonialists and communist historians In 1944, Syama Prasad Mookerjee, in collaboration with the legendary Ram Nath Goenka, founded the English …

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INTERVENTIONS THAT SAVED INDIA

Had it not been for Syama Prasad Mookerjee’s interventions, India would have been a different place — its very raison d’être severely challenged and besieged. His sacrifice ensured that the civilisational bonds between this portion of India and the rest were further cemented Delivering a captivating public address in Thiruvananthapuram …

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IRREVERSIBLE ACT OF INTOLERANCE

It is ironical that a champion of democracy and an upholder of the dignity of the Constitution such as Syama Prasad Mookerjee, should have been detained, confined and thrown to death a little over a year after the formation of free India’s first Parliament In a short life of 52 …

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IN MEMORY OF ABHEDANANDA

This year as we commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Abhedananda, we must meditate on the spiritual nationalist’s epochal contribution to India’s selfhood. Such a rekindling of interest is imperative for the success of our national quest for an integral self-reliance This year and 2017 mark crucial centennial and …

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MODI AND INDIAN EXCEPTIONALISM

The Prime Minister has laid the foundation for a grand narrative of India. He has spoken about the country being civilisationally distinct, but his concept of Indian exceptionalism goes beyond harmonising with the world and aims to weave coalitions of cultures From Tokyo to Madrid and from St Petersburg to …

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VIEWING SAVARKAR IN A NEW LIGHT

The lighting of the Savarkar Jyoti at Cellular Jail will not only keep ignited the flame of freedom, it should also re-kindle a genuine interest in this period of our independence struggle, an interest that may culminate in a grand memorial someday Life in a jail”, wrote Vinayak Damodar Savarkar …