Category: India

Milan Rai: Taking Gandhi with a Pinch of Salt

It is no service to the man, and damaging to us today as we struggle with similar problems of liberation, if we turn Gandhi into a saint and an icon, removing him from history and sandpapering off his strange edges

Badri Raina: Chronicles of Truth

Thus is history unmade and made, And goodsense brought to the knees

Badri Raina: How Bharat Came to Grief

Seven thousand years before they Could properly light a spark With stones, we had aeroplanes. The crafts  flew invisible-spiritual, Carrying  realized rishis across Galaxies, leaving neither body Nor wreck in sight, only emanations; Alas, that in modern times  that ancient Marvel  came to be sold as Star Trek, Wherein conjured  imitations fly To  fake stations Read more…

Vijay Prashad: Is India set for historic policy change on Israel?

As a leader of the Global South and a traditionally staunch supporter of Palestinian rights, a change of policy would be significant. But it’s not likely. Not yet

Badri Raina: Republic at Crossroads: Who is at the Wheel?

I cannot recall if political India has ever before had a more momentously contentious ending to a calendar year

Badri Raina: The Anti-Christ on “Good Governance Day”

Good governance means keeping an eye on those who take you not for granted, but ask “why, why, why.”

Romi Mahajan: Debt and Death in the Indian Hinterland

These are two suffering families out of millions of farmers whose lives are getting increasingly desperate by the day

Vandana Shiva: Seeds of Truth: Vandana Shiva and the New Yorker

A response to the article ‘Seeds of Doubt’ by Michael Specter in The New Yorker

Badri Raina: His Master’s Voices: They Are Loud

Ah, those cocksure voices on prime time, strident and self-righteous in their condemnation of whatever be politically out of season

Vijay Prashad: India and the Islamic State group

In late November, Areeb Majeed returned to his home in western India after a brief sojourn among the legions of the Islamic State group. Majeed, 22, had gone to Iraq on pilgrimage with three friends in late May after apparently making contact with the Islamic State group (IS, formerly known as ISIS) online. From Baghdad, the Read more…

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