Indian Farmers Versus Narendra Modi’s Propaganda Machine

Hundreds of thousands of India’s farmers have been camping on the roads leading to New Delhi in an unprecedented protest that has lasted more than two months but has not been given its proportional share of attention, either from the media or the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for its merit and legitimacy. The … Continue reading Indian Farmers Versus Narendra Modi’s Propaganda Machine

Kill the Traitors: Cries of Hatred at Singhu

OF ALL farmer protest venues on the edge of Delhi, Singhu is better off than the others. If you ask farmers in Ghazipur or Tikri border to compare themselves with those in Singhu, the hub of protests located on the Delhi-Haryana border, they immediately admit that there is more of an “NRI” influence out there, but hasten to add … Continue reading Kill the Traitors: Cries of Hatred at Singhu

Every Gandhi-sceptic and Gandhi-adherent must bear in mind that he was human: Grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi

Gopalkrishna Gandhi (Photo: Wikipedia) Restless as Mercury is an outcome of Gopalkrishna Gandhi’s extensive research into the Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi and books and accounts of him written and recollected by those close to him under his guidance besides An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth. Which is why Gopalkrishna, an alumnus of St Stephen’s College, writes as if … Continue reading Every Gandhi-sceptic and Gandhi-adherent must bear in mind that he was human: Grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi

UP’s ‘One District One Product’ Project Employs 1 Million, Exports Rise 38%

The scheme was launched three years ago on January 24 covering 75 districts in India's most populous state THREE YEARS after it was launched, the Uttar Pradesh government’s ambitious ‘one district one product’ (ODOP) scheme has spurred an overall rise of 38% in the exports of these products in the first two years as the … Continue reading UP’s ‘One District One Product’ Project Employs 1 Million, Exports Rise 38%

Tracking the links between Liberalisation and cultural nationalism in India

Professor Ravinder Kaur, Associate Professor of Modern South Asian Studies at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark In Professor Ravinder Kaur’s latest book, she peels off layers and layers of contemporary Indian history to prove, on her own terms, that the ‘manifestation of Hindu cultural nationalism and market liberalisation’ owe their dominance to each other. Her narrative is akin to the solving … Continue reading Tracking the links between Liberalisation and cultural nationalism in India

Diary of Kasturba Gandhi to offer new insights about the woman behind the Mahatma

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi with Kasturba, 1915 (Photo: Getty Images) The Mahatma’s great grandson Tushar Gandhi will soon come out with an annotated diary of Kasturba Gandhi titled The Diary of Kastur, My Ba that will cover nine months from 1932 to 1933 when she and her husband were mostly separated from each other due to prison terms, … Continue reading Diary of Kasturba Gandhi to offer new insights about the woman behind the Mahatma

‘Cultures where people share more about themselves will be slow in switching’

Dan Ariely (Courtesy: Wikipedia) Noted behavioural economist Dan Ariely on WhatsApp users fleeing to Signal and Telegram COMMENTING about the frenzy among a section of messaging-app users to shift from WhatsApp to rivals such as Signal and Telegram, celebrated author and behavioural economist Dan Ariely says that switching from one platform to another is easier said than … Continue reading ‘Cultures where people share more about themselves will be slow in switching’

In His New Book, Professor Vinay Lal Places Covid in a Grand Historical Context

Vinay Lal (Illustration: Saurabh Singh) EVER SINCE HE wrote an op-ed in The Los Angeles Times in 1998 titled Coming Out from Gandhi’s Shadow following India’s nuclear tests, Vinay Lal has earned a preeminent position as a public intellectual. His keen observations as a historian on Hindu nationalism, Indian movies, American foreign policy, history writing in India, society, people … Continue reading In His New Book, Professor Vinay Lal Places Covid in a Grand Historical Context

‘Naïve’ Joe Biden likely to go soft on Donald Trump: Georgetown Professor C. Christine Fair

The next US President may encourage the Department of Justice to not “fully prosecute” Trump, complicit politicos and white supremacists, says renowned author and academic Christine Fair C. Christine Fair Acclaimed political scientist and security studies expert Professor C Christine Fair fears that Joe Biden, who will assume office as the 46th president of the US on January … Continue reading ‘Naïve’ Joe Biden likely to go soft on Donald Trump: Georgetown Professor C. Christine Fair

Is Prime Minister Narendra Modi Underestimating the Farmers’ Wrath?

The Indian PM, obsessed with his ‘strong man’ persona, continues to resist demands by the protesters to repeal his three new agriculture laws Farmers Gulabh Singh and Pal from Kaithal, Haryana state, now protesting at Singhu border. They vow to go back only after the government repeals its three controversial farm laws Tikri lies on … Continue reading Is Prime Minister Narendra Modi Underestimating the Farmers’ Wrath?