Thinking about India
Twelve Indian and Indian-origin writers from India and across the world share their hopes, concerns and fears about India on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of India’s independence.
Sahir Ludhianvi's Song for a 'New India': Circa 2022
Sahir's lyrics for the Hindi film 'Didi' (1959) continue to have great contemporary relevance.
A Vision for India’s Foreign Policy
The October 2021 think tank report, ‘India’s Path to Power’ can be seen as a grand strategic document; it offers a comprehensive, ecological approach to foreign policy as well as a clear…
For India, a Moment of Reckoning in the Neighbourhood
India's waning democratic credentials and its desire to see diplomacy towards its smaller neighbours through the narrow prism of security has seen its influence wane in South Asia. China…
Covid-19 and Indian Exceptionalism
There was no Indian exceptionalism behind the small number of deaths during the first wave. It was instead a failure to understand the subtleties underlying the low case fatality ratio that induced a…
Gautam I. Menon
Brand India and the Making of a New Citizenry
Branding projects to make India appear open for global business has entailed the production of an exclusionary image of the nation and a rewriting of the contract between citizens and state.
‘One Nation’, New India and the Hollowing Out of the Federal Idea
Since 2014, the BJP government has been steadily delegitimising federalism. It has been using soft & hard measures to realise its political & cultural vision of ‘One Nation, One India’, where…
K K Kailash
A Sense of a Community
'The shared expression among women majlis during Moharram of an iconic grief that is both personal and communal seems to create a community of women who mourn, who share a sense of the lives of…
The Promise of India: Recalling Dadabhai Naoroji
A new biography brings to the fore Dadabhai Naoroji’s activities in India and England for self-rule and his early socialist and anti-racist thought. It places the ‘Father of Indian Nationalism’ among…
Why I’m Losing Hope in India
It is not the economy that makes one worried for India. It is the flattening of diversity, the undermining of education that gave mobility to so many, and the entire 'banality of evil'…