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Letters and Politics

Letters and Politics
GPD A thought which quartered hath but one part wisdom And ever three parts coward -I do not know Why yet I live to say this things to do, Sith I have cause, and will, and strength, and means To do...
GPD You do not have to underestimate China's military capabilities. Nobody has. But you must not underestimate the need for political handling of China and George Fernandes has unfortunately given...
G P D DO you remember a man called Sripad Dange? Yes, there was a man of that name. A fair man (in senses more than one!) and a witty man. Somebody siad of him once in private conversation, "a nice...
GPD ELECTORAL games our people play: that could be a nice title of a nice quickie on Indian elections. The games are, of course, expensive. And getting more expensive, every passing day. The '...
From Hour to Hour, We Rot and Rot! GPD Chandrababu Naidu has done one great service. He has brought it home to everyone that one's campaigns, one's politics and one's future cannot be separated from...
GPD INDIA is a huge country. A cliche, you would say and you would be right. But then Mrs G and Miss G are proving it so repeatedly that one was forced to repeat the cliche. The mother and daughter...
GPD IT should be easy to see that in comparison with their BJP allies the Shiv Sena people have (at least) a faint tendency towards humour. When they decided to change the name of Aurangabad to...
GPD IN the Indian tradition one concept that has rarely been questioned if at all, has been that of the 'avatara', the godhead which descends down to the world of the mortals and saves it. The Gita...
One Country and Two Prosperities 2 One Phenomenon and Two Languages GPD The semantic exercises the Chinese engage in are fascinating. They used the characters hui gui (meaning 'regression') for what...
One Country, Two Prosperities GPD Will 'one country, two systems' work? Why will it not? For the truth of the matter is that they are two systems only in name. Both are capitalist systems and it is...
Literary Heritage in the Dock GPD What is being done to our languages is really pathetic. The Shiv Sena and BJP members of the Maharashtra legislative council have opposed the publication of a third...
consumers pay less then the subsidies have to be borne by the public exchequer Second, since the government needs foreign capital inflows for this purpose, it must make the policy environment for...
Politics of Wheels GPD The BJP and the BSP have demonstrated in UP that the ancient Indian term chakranemi kramena has an exclusively political meaning. Coming to think of it, the theory of politics...
It is quite often forgotten that Deng Xiaoping was one of those who had made the 1949 revolution in China. He did not suddenly rise on the Chinese horizon in December 1978. The famous third plenum...
Some myths are typical Chinese myths. One of them is that after a good half a century of virtual independence Taiwan can be and is a part of China. But is it possible that we are about to witness...
Clintondum and Clintondee GPD It is all a question of the word and the world. American presidents give the word and the world has to follow it. For the rest, Clinton's second term will be much the...
Spelling Is All GPD Bal Thackeray knows (and so does Pramod Mahajan of the BJP) that the urban Maharashtrian response is overwhelmingly pro-Hindutva in the normal course. For them Thackeray's...
One Word Forward, Two Words Back GPD The Srinagar-Leh and the Srinagar-Jammu relationship is not any more equal than the Delhi-Srinagar relationship. That is one aspect of the politics in Kashmir...
Deoras Dies GPD Deoras was the first man in the RSS leadership to recognise that in a situation of widespread indifference, consolidation of the conscious Hindu minority was the clue to political...
Shall We or Shall We Not? G P D When Marxists, Indira Gandhi's men and post-modernists get together, they can produce a remarkable document completely devoid of ideas and arguments. But then there...
Language and Politics G P D The strategy is clear: Speak the local vernacular to mesmerise the unsuspecting masses and speak English for those who really matter and make concessions to the...
Remembering Krishna Menon G P D Krishna Menon, who was born a hundred years ago, believed that nations and civilisations are not 'imaginary homelands'. For him, like for K M Panikkar, western...
US Style Robi Chakravorti IN early part of March, there was a spectacular 18-day general strike in two General Motors (GM) brake-making factories in the US. The repercussions of the strike led to...
R S Rana Higher literacy rate and greater workforce participation has not improved the social recognition of Garhwali women. THE Garhwal region stretches from the border of south-east Himachal...
Growth Transition in Lucknow Alam Srinivas "LUCKNOW is the fastest growing city in the country," announces Lalji Tandon, former urban development minister in Uttar Pradesh and a BJP party member. He...
Fanatics and Pragmatists G P D The Chinese have been on a modesty trip for a long time. Their standard refrain has been that they want to learn from others. Now Yeltsin seems to have adopted that...
In a historic announcement in the state assembly in April last year, the chief minister of Rajasthan had declared that citizens had the right to information to receive details of expenditure on work...
Riaz Khokar Opens His Mouth (To Put Saffron into It?) GPD RIAZ KHOKAR is easily the most popular and the most talked about envoy in Delhi, the cily of Pandavas. (Indraprastha was founded by them,)...
We had thought that demands for censorship came essentially from fundamentalists and chauvinists. We were wrong. An unwitting 'united front' in favour of censorship seems to be emerging.
Rabindric Fundamentalism GPD We will condemn even a remotely disapproving remark about Rabindranath Tagore as blasphemous while merrily naming chairs in our universities after foreign prime...
Right from the days of Dulles and McCarthy, American discourse on foreign policy has been dominated by a degree of self-righteousness and a certain contempt for others. The recent pronouncements of...
Lonely Hunter? GPD We live in post-modernist and post-structuralist times. Nationalism and national sovereignty have become bad words. To western statesmen, especially American ones, these words...
Victory on a Platter GPD It is not aggressive Hinduism which worked in the assembly elections in Maharashtra, but the coalition of castes; Hindutva merely provided the overarching slogan.
Amusing Times for Once? GPD Zhirinovsky's three-day visit was one amusing international event to have taken place in India after a long time, providing some relief in the dismal times we are...
Marx Is Dead, Long Live McCarthy How does a marxist poet/writer in India and Asia become 'entrapped' because the Stalinist systems collapsed in eastern and central Europe?
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