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The hoax of communism: A centennial reflection

The centenary of the revolution that heralded communism as a creed has come and gone. Communism across the world has nearly disappeared and therefore, there were no celebrations of the anniversary. The Indian communists preferred to remain silent, writing a few anodyne articles, and belching out a few perfunctory slogans …

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Reconfiguring Indo-Pacific

Doklam has fallen silent, the CPC party Congress has also come and passed with President Xi’s position only further strengthened, as some argue that Xi’s stature has now attained or will eventually attain the relevance of Mao. It appears that Xi’s staunch and unequivocal advocacy of the Chinese dream has …

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The way of the Vistarak

The hatred for Narendra Modi and Amit Shah that Rahul Gandhi and his Congress party display has the near same intensity as the hatred that Rahul Gandhi’s great great grandfather had displayed towards Savarkar. The only difference is that Nehru had some sort of an intellectual standing and an undeniable …

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Strengthening Relations

Prime Minister Modi’s recently concluded trip to Myanmar has ensured that relationship between the two countries goes to the next stage, keeping in view the present evolving geostrategic realities in the region. Apart from the various MoUs signed, the various ratifications that have taken place, the major takeaway of this …

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A condensed India

The appearance of Vivekananda at Chicago as a representative of Hindus and India, showed, as Sri Aurobindo, argued, that “the spiritual ideas” for which India stood was no longer a defensive one, but an “aggressive and invading” one, which challenged the “materialised mentality of the Occident.” The Swami’s appearance at …

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Against Deconstructionism

Communism, observed British conservative philosopher Roger Scruton, “is through and through dependent on paranoia – a kind of grand conspiracy theory designed to manufacture illusory enemies so as to maintain itself in being.” In the last three and a half years that Narendra Modi has been in power, there have …

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Resolving Indo-China dynamics

Many an Indian apologist for Chinese expansionism have, over the last one month and more, prolifically written on how the Narendra Modi government’s handling of the current Doklam issue will only aggravate the situation and will not serve the cause of India’s stability and the larger cause of “peace” in …

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Transformative leadership

Sometime in 1982, a youthful and energetic worker of the Gujarat BJP, in charge of managing venues and logistics for party meetings and for ensuring that there was a sufficient supply of water and tea, had argued, in a letter, written to a senior leader of the state that a …

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Civilisational samvad in Yangon

Dialogue of civilisations and through it, a deeper and lasting coalition of civilisations and of cultures is what is needed in order to create and restructure future global alignments. The increasing challenges to the dimensions of civilisations as we see them today are making leaders – intellectual, political, religious and …

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Seeing through theatrics

Nehru’s colleague in the Cabinet, Independent India’s first Communications Minister, Rafi Ahmed Kidwai, once observed to veteran journalist Durga Das, that ‘Jawaharlal has performed the last rites not only of Gandhi but of Gandhism as well…’ in a similar vein, one can confidently say that Nehru’s great grandson and present …