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Faux Pas in Foreign Policy

The "slip-ups" witnessed during Chinese president Hu Jintaoâ??s recent visit to the US constituted more than mere diplomatic faux pas; they were unintentionally or otherwise, an admission of US policy interests.

An Occasion for the RSS

M S Golwalkar, whose birth centenary the RSS observes this year, was the RSS chief who gave shape and imparted a definitive ideology to the organisation. Golwalkar's position on "Hindu consolidation", especially with regard to caste differentiation, came to differ in several crucial aspects with Savarkar's ideas on caste.

A New Cultural Chauvinism

The attack on a newspaper whose only "crime" was to respond with silence during the occasion of "Shivaji jayanti" portends the rise of a new kind of cultural chauvinism.

Sons and Daughters

In the short history of Indian democracy, "familocracy" has long established precedents. But familocracy, as revealed by the Karnataka crisis, sparked off by moves made by Kumaraswamy, Deve Gowda's son, appears little different from political opportunism.

Monkey, Wine and Culture

A play in a local language is pulled off stage as it ostensibly offends religious sentiments. This incident finds no mention in the national press or in the English language dailies. On the other hand, a noted writer in English who turns down an award is given prominence. The question thus needs to be asked: Who or what constitutes "culture" in these present times?

Politics: Art of the Forgettable

By dispensing with the celebrations associated with November 7, Russian president Vladimir Putin is seeking to define a new history for his country. But his action involves the sweeping erasure of a significant moment in world history, a day associated with the establishment of the "Soviet Unionâ". For several decades, the existence of the Soviet Union offered a unique vision of liberation for several countries around the world that were still bonded to colonialism.

Biography as Comic Strip

Over the years, a culture of forgetfulness has come to dominate the general understanding of politics in our country, where the immediate past is forgotten to accommodate short-term compromises. Little wonder then that history and politics are now reduced to mere comic strips.

Business of Telling the Truth

Telling the truth, with a capital 'T' is in fashion - be it between the coach and captain of the Indian cricket team, or by the defence minister about relations with China or prime minister Manmohan Singh's remarks to president George Bush on the BJP's position on the nuclear deal. But what does all this mean?

`The Bill`: Institutions in Crisis

It is no surprise that once again there is no consensus on the question of women's reservation in Parliament. Political parties seem divided on the mode and the nature of reservation. But that such demands, instead of being debated within Parliament, are being raised outside is a worrying indicator of how institutions of democracy itself are being undermined.

Oxford `Prashasti`

There is probably no better word than 'prashasti', usually a long poem intended as a work of praise and veneration for a king or patron, to refer to the prime minister's exercise in rewriting of history at Oxford. If the colonial period was such an unqualified era of modernity, development and growth, what were we fighting for or against?

This Terrorism and That Terrorism

Ayodhya and London tell us that there are two kinds of terrorism. For want of any scientific descriptive terminology, we have to call them 'their' terrorism and 'our' terrorism. Here the 'we' is as big as the 'they'.

Lal Krishna Savarkar

Advani?s remarks on Jinnah were not praise for a ?secularist? leader of Pakistan but part of a new Savarkarite discourse on India.


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