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Korean Anniversary: Confidence-building Measures Still Needed

September 14, 2018 - 3:37 pm in Culture, Politics, Reforms

Sunday 9 September was the 70th anniversary of the creation of North Korea. As has been usual in recent years there was a very highly-structured ceremonial parade. Such mass events are used to convey policy  priorities to its citizens and to the outside…

Chronicling the dismantling of the ‘Idea of India’

July 29, 2018 - 9:24 pm in Reforms

The recent debate around ‘no confidence’ in the Loksabha (21st July 2018); brought to fore the policies of the Modi sarkar. Modi Sarkar has failed…

When Nehru helped an Ambedkarite Sanskrit Scholar get a job

May 29, 2018 - 6:06 pm in Reforms

This article is not attempt to portray Nehru as an Ambedkarite, nor is an attempt to project him as a champion of the Dalit rights as I can’t verify…

Congress can learn from the mistakes of Rajiv Gandhi | Vidya Bhushan Rawat

May 21, 2018 - 10:59 pm in Reforms

There is no doubt that Rajiv Gandhi was a modern looking young leader of the country yet we must not miss out the fact that his party paid a heavy price for the mistakes he committed. In 1989, he started his campaign from Ayodhya promising Ram Rajya. The doors…

Liberal Dogmatism | Irfan Engineer

March 28, 2018 - 11:10 am in Faiths, Reforms

One must agree with the advice of Ramchandra Guha (‘Liberals, sadly’, IE, 20/3/18) that the “liberals must have courage to take on both Hindu and Muslim communalists”. Guha misses many Muslim liberals who take on both communalists. We could name dozens…

India needs Draupadi and not Savitri | Rajindar Sachar

March 26, 2018 - 11:35 am in Reforms

Everyone knows that Indians are sensitive about their religion. Before the elections they are very particular about doing such actions which they think will result in favorable verdict. This analysis is proved authentic by Rahul Gandhi saying openly that not…

Why Dalits celebrate victory of British over the Peshwa, Bhima Koregaon.

January 1, 2018 - 4:57 pm in Reforms

200 years ago, the Marathas were organized into a loose confederacy, with the major constituents being the Peshwa of Pune, the Scindia of Gwalior, the Holkar of Indore, the Gaekwad of Baroda, and the Bhonsle of Nagpur. There were revenue sharing disputes among…

Crimes that society needs to discuss which media skipped

December 8, 2017 - 4:48 pm in Reforms

We are all now part of ‘Breaking News’ and ‘Viral News’ culture. This has been imposed on our mind set by media, politicians and the ruling clergy. We are aware, we as a society are victim of this propaganda, but still we indulge to consume that information…

Devendrakula Vellalar (Dalits) demand removal from SC list

December 7, 2017 - 10:20 am in Reforms

It was a little late when I reached the Mandi House roundabout where the march was supposed to be to Parliament Street yesterday, To my surprise, I did not find many of the Delhi's usual participants but mostly from Tamilnadu. Interestingly, the slogans and…

Why Propaganda passes as News in (Indian) Media | Pushkar Raj

November 20, 2017 - 6:55 pm in Reforms

It is a common refrain in the country that news has declined in content and quality. Social media is full of debate on the issue since innovations like the paid news and scandals like Radia tape. A common thread of concern is that the media is scandalizing,…