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Why He Still Matters

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The confidence with which we condemn Nehru exposes the narrowness of our certainties more than it detracts from his achievements

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Editor's Note

To indulge in the brutality of turning one of the most sophisticated intellects in politics into a one-dimensional man is a crime against good taste We have this amazing capacity to turn complex…

Why He Still Matters

Editor's Note ~ by S Prasannarajan To indulge in the brutality of turning one of the most sophisticated intellects in politics into a one-dimensional man is a crime against good taste Bigger than the…

Homeless in Allahabad

Allahabad is India’s oldest city after Varanasi. Prayag Sharma, a grocer here, is proud that he wears the other name of this ancient holy city, the much older one, as his first name. Prayag means ‘…

The Clever Panditji and the Emotional Netaji

It is by now a cardinal rule that wars over India’s history invariably erupt whenever a non-Congress dispensation assumes charge in Delhi. This was first evident during the short-lived Janata Party…

Return of the Colonial Mind

There has been some discussion recently about how the ongoing project of normalising India’s Hindu majoritarian Government—and rehabilitating the reputation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to re-…

First a Democrat, Then a Socialist

How relevant is Mao Zedong to contemporary China? That is as good a starting point as any for an appraisal of Jawaharlal Nehru’s place in the continuing project called Modern India. Mao’s portrait…

Bigger than the Sum of his Imperfections

It is perhaps the fate of all great democratic statesmen that in the shadow of their achievement it is also possible to draw an indictment against them. This is true of Lincoln and Roosevelt, as it…

Nehru, the Lady and Middle-Age Morality

Jawaharlal Nehru was described, probably by NB Khare, the Hindu Mahasabha president, as “English by education, Muslim by culture and Hindu by accident.” Did he take this catholicity to the extent of…

Glimpses of Leadership

17 OCTOBER 1952 I have sometimes received complaints from Christian missions and missionaries, both foreign and Indian, about the differential treatment accorded to them in some States. It is said…

The Last Stylist

How low India has sunk in the sartorial stakes can be seen in the touting (by some) of Narendra Modi as a species of fashion mannequin—all on account of a few brightly coloured waistcoats. In the eye…