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WORSHIPPING GODSE, A FALSE GOD

Instead of undertaking a deep soul-searching on why it has reduced itself to a state of profound irrelevance, the Hindu Mahasabha is displaying a terribly unhistorical spirit by feting Nathuram Godse. It should look to Veer Savarkar and SP Mookerjee for guidance The Hindu Mahasabha — or whatever is left …

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WHERE FAITH MEETS NATIONALISM

People in the pre-independence era spoke of weaving of a sense of unity through pilgrimage. But a discourse that has assumed a dominant proportion in the last four decades, with the aid of institutional control, has been preoccupied in debunking this underlying unity Where political ambition united or divided the …

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THINKER AND POLITICAL NARRATOR

Deendayal Upadhyaya’s political commentaries are as relevant today as they were in his days. His sharp observations on the Congress, the Left movement and the aspirations of a nation that boasts of a rich cultural civilisation, should be a guide to modern-day India In the introduction to his The Jana Sangh: …

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DEEP-ROOTED ANIMUS FOR SARDAR

Over the decades after independence, the Left-ideologues dominated the narrative in the educational sphere as well as reigned over various cultural and literary organisations. They deliberately downplayed Sardar Patel’s enormous contribution to nation-building On January 31, 1948,  P Sundarayya, the legendary ‘Comrade PS’, who, as Marxist ideologues and pamphleteers falsely …

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A TRIBUTE TO SISTER NIVEDITA

As we inch towards Sister Nivedita’s 150th birth anniversary, one would do well to recognise, re-evaluate her life and work and to rekindle a deeper and wider interest in her. That would, in a sense, be a tribute of gratefulness to her as Lokmata The Sahitya Akademi award for literary …

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THE PANDIT THAT INDIA FORGOT

Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya established and spread the Bharatiya Jana Sangh across the country. In shaping post-independent India’s political evolution and in imparting it a distinct direction, his contribution has, perhaps, been unparalleled and epochal September this year announces the centenary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya, the one leader who, after Syama …

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DARA SHIKOH, A POWERFUL SYMBOL

The renaming of Aurangzeb Road is a tribute to the syncretism that Dara Shikoh symbolised and the path that he perhaps aspired to chalk out, when destiny cruelly snuffed him out. Abdul Kalam, signified, a Dara Shikoh of our times, an example to be emulated and celebrated  An interesting document …

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BAGHA JATIN, THE FORGOTTEN HERO

Indian revolutionary nationalist Jatindranath Mukherjee shaped a united revolutionary zeal and nearly succeeded in evolving a pan-Indian and international revolutionary network that challenged the British empire, and would have changed India’s destiny had it not failed Among the early Indian revolutionary nationalists Jatindranath Mukherjee or Bagha Jatin (1879-1915) was perhaps …

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GUIDED BY BHARATIYA INSPIRATION

It would be interesting to avoid adding to the surfeit of reference to Machiavelli and to Sun Tzu, and peer instead into our Bharatiya texts whose articulations of civilisational goals of India’s polity and aims of its rulers retain a vibrant breath of life and contemporary energy It would be …

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HOW INDIA ROTTED UNDER THE RAJ

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor was right on the exploitative nature of British rule, only he is not the first Indian to say so or to study it. Indeed, a large corpus of work exists, written by forgotten thinkers and scholars, on the adversities of colonial rule The exploitative nature of …