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Rediscovering Nehru

If Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy to India is liberal Hinduism, B.R. Ambedkar’s legacy is Navayana Buddhism, what is Nehru’s legacy in terms of socio-religious ideas and thought? Atheism and rationalism.

Dogmatic diplomacy

On his maiden visit to the US as Prime Minister, Narendra Modi gifted the Bhagavad Gita to President Barack Oba-ma during a dinner hosted at the White House and told him “as far as India is concerned,

Decoding Modi’s broom-neeti

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swatchh Bharat Abhiyan is surely going to have impact on our environment, health and education as well.

Kautilya vs the King

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s phenomenal rise as a global leader by taking off from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) springboard is noteworthy. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru commanded respect internationally not because of the Congress Party, India’s struggle for independence or his term in prison, but because of scholarship — as the author of two books — and his role in formulating the Non-Aligned Movement and propagating democratic socialism.

The real ‘love jihad’

The debate on “love jihad’’ focuses on Muslim men seducing Hindu women across the caste spectrum and marrying them to propagate Islam and alter the religio-demographic profile of our country.

Hindustan vs India

Ever since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has come to power, issues related to Muslims in India are zooming into focus.

Will Modi conduct India’s namkaran?

There is a slow but systematic attempt to change India’s name from Bharat to Hindustan — playing up the word “Hindu” in Hindustan and trying to repackage it as the abode of the Hindus. B.R. Ambedkar and his team that drafted the Constitution of India consciously avoided the term “Hindustan” as they could foresee its implications in a land that takes pride in its diversity.

Hindi chauvinism & Modi

The anti-English, pro-Hindi movement being spearheaded by the Bharatiya Janata Party is part of yet another retrograde Hindutva project that is holding the nation to ransom once again. A section of Lohiates are also active in this movement, which includes members of the Samajwadi Party, Janata Dal (United) and Aam Aadmi Party.

A manifesto of failure

The collective moral might and high-mindedness of the Communist parties of India miserably failed the country in the critical battle of 2014. Their numbers in Parliament dropped drastically and their presence as an ideological force is dwindling day by day.

When our public sector is much in news whether it involves privatisation or disinvestment, it is worth recalling whether they are good corporate citizens, especially when they are monopolies.

How many deaths will it take to realise that too many young women in their prime have needlessly died?