Opinions : Ramachandra Guha
DEEP TALK WITH RAMACHANDRA GUHA
When riots are tools, where does secularism stand?
As the spectre of communal violence raises its ugly head yet again in the build-up towards elections, India Together talks to
to explore the threats to the secular imagination in India and the hopes for religious pluralism in the democracy.
The Telangana prophecy: Will more states mean more conflict?
With the government clearing Telangana as India's 29th state, long-standing demands for separate states in other parts of the country have gained
fresh momentum. This could be a foretelling of many more states to come, but would that necessarily augur ill for the unity of India?
Noted historian Ramachandra Guha shares his thoughts.
A Prime Minister in peril
Why has this honest, intelligent, experienced man, whose appointment as prime minister in 2004 was so widely welcomed, been such a
disappointment in office, asks
The relationship between the two major parties in Parliament has broken down completely. For this both parties are responsible, writes
The question of English
A meaningful and enduring bilingualism, embracing both English and the mother tongue, remains out of reach of the vast majority of
THE QUIET INDIAN
A man to match his mountains
Chandi Prasad Bhatt said that for him every river was a Ganga, a source of life and renewal, abused or ill-treated at one's peril. His
work has been an education for others, writes
Ban the ban
The republic of India bans books with a depressing frequency. Lower courts and even some high courts have been accomplices in this
stifling of free speech, writes
In spite of its gender bias, India has women in leading positions in politics. But this does not herald a new age of gender equality,
The lessons of Bihar
Citizens of other states also could take hope from the results in Bihar, and demand that their politicians too provide enduring social
benefits rather than simply stoking prejudice, writes
P V NARASIMHA RAO
The great unmentionable
Now that the Nehru-Gandhis once more control both party and government, P V Narasimha Rao can be mentioned in Congress circles only if it is possible to
disparage him, writes
FREEDOM OF SPEECH
A serpent in paradise
The UGC and the Ministry of HRD must rehabilitate a fine scholar persecuted merely for asking that a place of learning focus on the practice of learning,
GANDHI AND THE CONGRESS
Man with a vision
Had Gandhi chosen to stay on in South Africa, the Republic would have taken a less democratic shape.
And the Congress may still have been a club for English-speaking gentlemen, writes
In their readiness to identify with the oppressed, Naxalites are in contrast to the bureaucrat, the politician and the police officer, but
they are not revolutionaries, writes