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Modi – the statesman with a will – is the Sardar Patel of our time

“…So long as we know that we are doing the right thing”, wrote Sardar Patel to VV Dravid, then commerce minister of the Madhya Bharat Union, “we should not be afraid of any criticism from any quarters. Over-sensitiveness to criticism in a man who is in charge of public affairs …

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IN MEMORY OF INDIA’S LITTLE SISTER

As we observe Sister Nivedita’s sesquicentennial this year on October 28, it would be worthwhile to use this day as an opportunity to meditate and delve into her boundless love for India and into the dimensions of her selfless action for India’s self expression India is one. How much of …

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In remembrance of the Irish daughter of Mother India

She began her life of action and sacrifice with a rare directive and assurance of her Master: “Let me tell you frankly that I am now convinced that you have a great future in the work for India. What was wanted was not a man, but a woman; a real …

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ALWAYS THE IDEAL SWAYAMSEWAK

Through his profound thinking and writings, Deendayal Upadhyaya succeeded in evolving as perhaps one of the most detailed and comprehensive critics of the Nehruvian consensus, allowing alternate political movements to crystallise as a credible option The spark of uncommonness shone early in Deendayal Upadhyaya’s life; it is said that when …

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Yechury’s absurd views on India-Pakistan ties reflect Indian communists are ailing

The infatuation of Indian communists with “internationalism” at times borders on the absurd or simply reveals their out-of-depth status in India. This obsession with “internationalism”, which I have termed as the “Comintern syndrome”, sees Indian communists come up with the most ludicrous and insensitive statements, ideas or actions right in …

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BLENDING REALISM WITH IDEALISM

Integrality defined Deendayal Upadhyaya’s life and work. A complex polymath, Upadhyaya straddled many worlds and dimensions. Rising from deep poverty, battling against odds, displaying a razor-sharp intellect, he made a lasting contribution to India’s political life Discipline and a political philosophy which had been internalised and dynamically applied, were among …

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FOR HIM, POLITICS WAS WELFARE

Upadhyaya’s observations that political intolerance seems to have been ingrained in the Congress, revealed the party’s true mindset. The Congress has even today been unable to forego this mindset, reflected through the behaviour of some of its leaders in Parliament The problem with the Congress, argued Deendayal Upadhyaya, was that …

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Raise the red flag against fascist forces of red brigade

A very inane and asinine debate has gained steam among a section of the political class. This section has lost all connect with the spirit and aspirations of India, primarily because they still adhere to a calcified logic, frameworks and arguments that have rapidly lost space in the India of …

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CARRY FORWARD NATIONAL AGENDA

Upadhyaya found that there were insufficient efforts to propagate India’s views. Today, the relentless pursuit of the country’s interest in the comity of nations and Prime Minister Modi’s outreach to the global community, has begun to alter the old perception for the better Against the backdrop of the non-alignment period, …

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BOTH VISIONARY AND PRAGMATIC

Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya not only advocated Dharma rajya, a state free of inequality and of division, but his stand on non-alignment is well worth recalling today. It was measured, statesman-like and yet also pointed out the gaps and limitations of such an approach The late philosopher-administrator Chaturvedi Badrinath, (1933-2010) perhaps best …

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