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A Great and Passionate Love for Bharatmata – tribute to Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee

In his tribute to Syama Prasad Mookerjee, one of the tallest leaders of modern India, Acharya J.B.Kripalani, expressed and articulated the emotions of millions of his countrymen when he movingly wrote, ‘I wish to record the great and passionate love that he had for Bharatmata and her unity. Only political …

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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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3 Years – Prime Minister Modi’s Compelling Narrative of Transformation

“These three years have been particularly traumatic for the India baiters, while Prime Minister Modi’s action invests in the consolidation and validation of Indian nationhood, they also unsettle those whose business in the last seven odd decades has been to dilute Indianness, it is they who feel threatened and ill …

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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 …

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BJP’S JOURNEY TO SCALE NEW HEIGHTS HAS BEGUN

Observers and political practitioners have spoken of the organisational restructuring of the BJP as a challenge that needs to be addressed. But the party has already initiated the process ever since Amit Shah took over While inaugurating the second BJP State library named after the Jana Sangh stalwart and social reformer Nanaji Deshmukh, in …

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Reflections on “A New India”

The successful articulation of a political and governance narrative is indicative of the positive health of a political party and movement. The BJP, in the last two years or so, is in a constant process of self-renewal – which is multi-directional and ideologically re-invigorating. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s narrative has …

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Marxist Historians with Stalinist Mindsets

“Eminent” Marxist historians possessing an intolerant Stalinist mindset have struck again. By referring to the Prime Minister in an inane resolution full of the pathos of the dying embers of an intellectual era and worldview that is fast decaying, they have spoken of the need to “isolate history-writing from chauvinistic …

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Why Modi’s Myanmar visit signals the beginning of a realignment

Some time in the middle of June 1950, when the sacred relics of Buddha’s two chief disciples Moggallana and Sariputta had already travelled all over Myanmar for about two months, the Cultural Studies Group of the Rangoon Ramakrishna Mission Society convened an international conference on India’s cultural and civilisational linkages …

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At last! Lifting the curtain on Sardar Patel’s legacy

‘Sardar Patel’s actions must continue to inspire those who have worked for change today and those who aspire to alter the strangling status quo in our national life,’ says Dr Anirban Ganguly. A pensive Dr Rajendra Prasad, writing a little over a decade after India’s Independence, noted with great sadness how …

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