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King and Gandhi’s India

On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr, one of the greatest nonviolent leaders of the 20th century, was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, US.…

A tangled web indeed

As could be anticipated, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf’s (PTI’s) protests on March 10, 2024 against alleged election rigging were nullified by the police, particularly in Punjab, where newly inducted Chief Minister…

Cremation of tolerant India—I

For a very long time, India has mischievously hoodwinked the world regarding its perception. To the global audience, since 1947, when Pakistan was carved out as a ‘Muslim State’, India…

The Modi question

The two-part BBC documentary titled ‘India: The Modi Question’ has caused quite a stir in India. The documentary tracks Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s complicity and inaction in the notorious…

A long lost dream

For decades, the source of India’s popularity has ranged from the exoticization of yoga, to the mysticism of Indian spirituality, going on to the reign of Bollywood, and the mainstreaming…

Avoid Modi’s nationalist turf

GANDHIJI was a pacifist. Hindu nationalists killed him for that, for not letting go of his fabled humanism even amid the fratricidal madness that came in the wake of 1947.…

Fighting the stone

AFTER spotting a reference to the poet Dom Moraes in my article on Ved Mehta, a thoughtful reader wrote to tell me that he owned a copy of Dom’s first…

Repression And The Indian State

Repression and the Indian state

During the United Nations General Assembly’s address, Indian Prime Minister Modi created the impression that the largest democracy is following the principles of non-violence and pacifism, claiming that India is…

The revenge of Sukhi Lala

THE flag of Jammu & Kashmir, which was taken down from the Srinagar Secretariat over the weekend, carried the symbol of a plough. The Congress party’s election symbol in 1952…

Ghosts Of Ayodhya

Ghosts of Ayodhya

It has been nearly 27 years since the destruction of the 16th century Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. And it still feels like yesterday since the tragedy that changed India forever.…