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Has the Indian Nation-building Project Been Comparatively Peaceful?

The above question has the capacity of sharply dividing public opinion based on sociopolitical preferences and ideologies. It is also a question the answer to which could be biased be...

In History, Nov 30, 2020

IPL and OTT vs. Atmanirbhar Bharat: The Folly of Self-sufficiency

Before the 1991 economic liberalization, India was used to the so-called “license-permit-quota raj.” Every single industry and every aspect of the industry—production, labor, infrastr...

In Economics, Cricket, Cinema, Nov 24, 2020

B. M. Mishra (1935-2019): A Tribute

As a self-imposed rule, I never write about my family members or express my admiration for them in public but let this be an honorable exception. After all, my grandfather who unfortu...

In Biography, Nov 17, 2020

भारत माता की खोज

कौन हैं भारत माता? क्या स्वरुप ह&...

In Philosophy, Culture, Nov 07, 2020

U.S. Election Day Results: Not India but the World will be Impacted

I admit that the title of this writeup may seem to be an oxymoron but please bear with me. Global warming, handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, Black Lives Matter movement, income inequ...

In InternationalAffairs, Oct 31, 2020

Intercaste, Interreligious, and Intercultural Marriages: Gandhi's Time and Ours

In 1915 when Gandhi returned back to India from South Africa, his views on intercaste marriages and dining were still regressive in the sense that he did not encourage either. Persona...

In Culture, History, Cinema, Oct 25, 2020

Merits and Demerits of the Indian Parliamentary System

The Madisonian model of the structure of government named after one of the American founding fathers, James Madison, “the Father of the Constitution”, is the structure that separates ...

In History, Politics, Oct 13, 2020

2020 Physics Nobel Laureate Roger Penrose and IIIT Allahabad

On this fortuitous day when Sir Roger Penrose has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his research on black holes (some of which he did with Stephen Hawking), I am sure that m...

In Biography, Others, Oct 06, 2020

The Democratization and Decimation of the Indian Constitution: A Contradiction

In his majestic history of the drafting of the Indian Constitution, The Indian Constitution: Cornerstone of a Nation, historian Granville Austin wrote about its framing that it ‘as pe...

In History, Politics, Cinema, Sep 29, 2020

A Short Note on the Manifestation of God

Sir Edwin Arnold has written in the beautiful poem Light of Asia that before Enlightenment, while witnessing the miseries of the world, Buddha kept asking the question:

In Philosophy, Sep 21, 2020

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