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THE INDIAN IDEAL

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Footprints of Struggle then and now

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It is Narendra Modi moment as one of democracy’s most popular leaders to play out the script of the India Ideal: the liberal state rising from the last wreckage of the socialist mind. Freedom is…

SHE is on a HIGH

Silicon Valley has long been considered the perfect meritocracy. Or so it was thought. Just five years ago, the subject of gender disparity in the tech field was hotly debated. While gradual progress…

Where Gandhi Became the Mahatma

This village, where Gandhi put satyagraha to test for the first time in India, was until recently a crime haven. Signs of recovery are visible now When Khan Bahadur Azizul Huq, one of Motihari’s best…

Of Colonial Minds and Other Demons

For second-generation Indian-Americans like me whose parents left the country in the 1960s, Indian independence is more of a peripheral emotion than something tangible. We can understand it from the…

“It’s all about individual choices”

The concept of freedom has several components. First, certainly, when we commemorate 1947, it is the sovereignty of India and freedom from any kind of imperial or colonial rule. When we think of…

A Lament from the Deep South

It was somewhere in the centre of town, before the small temple of Ganapati in which the idol has a finger pointing towards Sri Lanka to show Rama where his wife had been taken, that I met AS…

Footprints of Struggle

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the architect of the final phase of India’s freedom movement, often rejected the label of ‘passive resistance’ for the agitations he spearheaded. Satyagraha, he argued,…

For an India of Equal Liberty

As we celebrate India’s independence this week, it is easy to focus on economic growth and the competition between nations for advantage in the global market. These issues are certainly important.…

Not Worth Your Salt Anymore

On 12 March 1930, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, along with 80 handpicked men, set out on what was perhaps his most symbolic and effective political gesture. He undertook a journey of almost 400 km on…