Freedom Issue 2018

Freedom Issue 2018

Editor's Note: A Permanent Struggle ~ by S Prasannarajan
Freedom requires sobering storytellers of the nation.


The Age of Cretinism ~ by Pratap Bhanu Mehta
India’s reactionary modernism

Economic Lessons from the Raj ~ by Zareer Masani
The myth of colonial plunder.

Liberty for Whom? ~ by Madhav Khosla
The flaws of India’s equality doctrine.

The Rot in Academia ~ by Shonaleeka Kaul
The Idea Deficit

Re-reading Tagore to Become Human ~ by Aseem Shrivastava
The nature of soul

The Banality of Offence ~ by Ranjit Hoskote
Illiberal instincts in the public square.

Kama Rajya ~ by Devdutt Pattanaik
Independence through eroticism.


The Legacy of Madan Mohan Malaviya ~ by Aresh Shirali
It varies even within his family

Under Bapu’s Shadow ~ by Ullekh NP
Internalising Mahatma Gandhi's ideas requires a constant study of the man, his quirks, about-turns, strategies and management techniques, says his great-grandson Tushar Gandhi.

The Good Sailor  ~ by Amita Shah
BC Dutt, who lit the spark for the Naval Mutiny of 1946, is still an animated memory.

Lives and Letters ~ by Nandini Nair
Former President of the Indian National Congress Sir C Sankaran Nair was one of the builders of modern India. His granddaughter carries forth his legacy in her own private and erudite way.

When the Hills Had Eyes ~ by V Shoba
A two-year-long rebellion that shook the ghats of Andhra Pradesh. A pious plainsman who turned revolutionary to lead native tribes against an unjust administration. Ninety-four years later, a search for the legacy of Alluri Sitarama Raju and his lieutenants Gam Gantam Dora and Gam Mallu Dora.

The Last Pursuit ~ by Lhendup G Bhutia
The man has made it his mission to trace the bloodline of freedom fighters.

The Second Struggle ~ by Madhavankutty Pillai
As a teenager, Gour Hari Das went to jail for the freedom movement, and then as an old man, spent 32 years trying to get the government to recognise his contribution.