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Celebrating Nehru? Well, Almost

The web version of this article corrects a few errors that appeared in the print  edition.


Forget our inability to work on the unfulfi lled possibilities of the Nehru period, the new Chinese leadership seems to view Nehruvian politics positively and has proposed a Nehru museum in the city of Chong Qing. Could this be the Chinese way of extending us an invitation to work towards ushering in the "Asian century"?

The Life of the Intellect in Society

Ramchandra Mahadev Bapat's (18 November 1931 - 2 July 2012) genius was in insisting that one's politics, to be transformative, had to grapple with the three central contradictions of Indian social life, those around caste, class, and the rural/urban divide.

A Work of Erudition and Sympathy

The Hindus: An Alternative History by Wendy Doniger; First published in 2009 by the Penguin Press, Indian edition by Penguin/Viking; pp 753 + index, Rs 999.

Towards the First (Royal) International?

Our "royalty" is now out to create an "International" of its own. The people who see nepotism in all this do not understand the need of the blue-blooded leaders in our monarchic republicanism.

Remembering Tendulkar

There was no greater philosopher of violence in Indian theatre than Vijay Tendulkar (1928-2008). His plays denied the possibility of human communication but in actual life he enjoyed nothing better.

History as Biography of Nationality

Reviews History as Biography of Nationality Lokamanya Te Mahatma by Sadanand More; 2 Vols, Rajahans Prakashan;
G P Deshpande It is not easy to react to this massive book that has created a minor stir in Maharashtra

A Time for Justice?

lacuna in the book. One raises this point A Time for Justice?
Life and Times of Agarkar Gopal Ganesh Agarkar: The Secular Rationalist Reformer by Arvind Ganachari; Popular Prakashan, Mumbai, 2005; pp xvii+371, Rs 395.

The Renaissance Man

The Renaissance Man From the Ramparts by Ashok Mitra; Tulika Books, New Delhi, 2006;
G P DESHPANDE As the readers of this journal know very well, the EPW has two distinct parts. The latter part is academic, highly specialised and almost a little frightening. The first part also carries dense statistics. But, until 2003, once you did your customary kowtow to such statistics what followed in the first part was sheer delight, the Calcutta Diary of the redoubtable Ashok Mitra or AM for the readers of the EPW. No other column has been read with as much of regularity and indeed with devotion as the Calcutta Diary has been. It occupied the pride of place in the first half of the weekly. There were any number of people who would jump at the first part, first savour the columns and then turn to the more dense academic pieces. There were days when Romesh Thapar adorned the first part with his Capital View and freewheeling political comment. But there was nobody that could equal the erudition and humanism of AM. His perceptive and penetrating commentary made the world suddenly comprehensible.

India-China Relations

The series of talks by the two political representatives of India and China can be a new beginning and may provide a framework for an eventual settlement. It is important that we (and the Chinese) move away from the territorial imperative to the political imperative. It is only then that the solutions are likely to emerge. As European history has shown, such a move signifies, among other things, the rise of modernity in foreign policy and diplomacy. In our case that is no less important than 'resolving problems left over from history'.


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