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Ramachandra Guha : A historian's view
Oct 23 2013
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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 Ramachandra Guha to explore the threats to the secular imagination in India and the hopes for religious pluralism in the democracy.
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Sep 02 2013
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DEEP TALK
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.
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Jan 11 2012
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MANMOHAN SINGH
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 Ramachandra Guha
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Dec 15 2011
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PARLIAMENT
Degrading democracy
The relationship between the two major parties in Parliament has broken down completely. For this both parties are responsible, writes Ramachandra Guha.
Nov 06 2011
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LANGUAGE
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 citizens, writes Ramachandra Guha.
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Sep 25 2011
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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 Ramachandra Guha.
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Jul 30 2011
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FREE SPEECH
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 Ramachandra Guha.
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May 09 2011
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WOMEN POLITICIANS
Power women
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, writes Ramachandra Guha.
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Dec 06 2010
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OPINION: POLITICIANS
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 Ramachandra Guha.
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Apr 04 2010
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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 Ramachandra Guha.
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Feb 14 2010
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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, writes Ramachandra Guha.
Jan 24 2010
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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 Ramachandra Guha.
Dec 22 2009
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NAXALISM
Social banditry
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 Ramachandra Guha.
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Dec 06 2009
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THE NUCLEAR ESTABLISHMENT
Our atom state
The atomic energy programme is an economic failure as well as an environmental disaster. Moreover, by its very functioning, the AEC has undermined the democratic ideals of the nation, writes Ramachandra Guha.
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Nov 15 2009
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OBITUARY
The honest leftist
K Balagopal refused to accept, from either State or Maoist, the justification of "a culture and mentality which celebrates power and use of force in society", writes Ramachandra Guha.
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Oct 10 2009
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OPINION: SECULARISM
The beauty of compromise
An excess of secularism may be as problematic as bigotry, whereas pragmatism is in salutary contrast to both of those, writes Ramachandra Guha.
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Sep 13 2009
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THE WORLD STAGE
Superpower fantasies
Rather than seek to dominate or tower above other nations, the republic of India must seek to be less discontented and less divided within, writes Ramachandra Guha.
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Aug 16 2009
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INDEPENDENCE
The absent celebrant
Wherever we are this August 15, we would do well to remember, and take heed of, what a very wise Indian said and did on this day 62 years ago, writes Ramachandra Guha.
Jul 04 2009
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OPINION: HIGHER EDUCATION
The chancellors' vice
The quality of teaching and research in Indian universities has rapidly declined. Surely this has something to do with the manner in which we appoint those at their helm, writes Ramachandra Guha.
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Jun 12 2009
GOVERNANCE
Questions of policy
Policy issues in the mainstream media tend to be about the economy. It is time that we pay closer attention to education, health, environment and foreign affairs, writes Ramachandra Guha.
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May 10 2009
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POLITICAL HISTORY
Its own greatest enemy
The Congress remains, at least in theory, the only national party. Were it to rid itself of control by a single family, it may once more begin to contribute constructively to the redemption of the idea of India, writes Ramachandra Guha.
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Apr 12 2009
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POLITICAL HISTORY
With a past to honour
Despite what it has done to itself in recent years, history should still remember the Indian National Congress as one of the great political parties of the modern world. That, says Ramachandra Guha, explains why he is particularly angry with it.
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Mar 07 2009
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REMEMBERANCE
Searching for Charlie
"If we really love Andrews' memory," said Gandhi when his close friend passed away, then "we may not have hate in us for Englishmen, of whom Andrews was among the best and noblest." Ramachandra Guha visits his grave.
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Feb 04 2009
DEMOCRACY
Towards positive change
The the machinery and conduct of elections, is robust and intact. But the 'software' of democracy, the processes by which we are governed in-between elections, is corrupt and corroded, writes Ramachandra Guha.
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Jan 03 2009
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REMEMBERING M N SRINIVAS
The sensitive sociologist
Any social scientist would give an arm and a leg to coin one new concept. M N Srinivas invented three such, with each resonating widely among the intellectual community, writes Ramachandra Guha
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Ramachandra Guha is a well-known historian, and a regular columnist with The Telegraph of Calcutta. His writings are republished here by arrangement.