हेट स्पीच के बरअक्स सामाजिक समीकरण

By राजीव यादव,

चुनाव आए और गए, पर सवाल उन विवादास्पद बयानों का है जिनसे ‘हेट स्पीच’ के नाम से हम परिचित होते हैं. ऐसा नहीं है कि हेट स्पीच से हमारा वास्ता सिर्फ चुनावों में होता है पर यह ज़रूर है कि चुनावों के दरम्यान ही उनका मापन होता है कि वो हेट स्पीच के दायरे में हैं. हम यहां इस पर कतई बात नहीं करेंगे कि ऐसे मामलों में क्या कार्रवाई हुई? पर इस पर ज़रूर बात करेंगे कि उस हेट स्पीच का हम पर क्या असर हुआ, वहीं उनके बोलने वालों की प्रवृत्ति में क्या कोई बदलाव आया?

Resurrecting the Sardar Patel legacy: Will he have approved?

By C. Uday Bhaskar,

The manner in which the 139th birthday of Sardar Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel (Oct 31, 1875 - Dec 15, 1950) is being celebrated contains within it both a tinge of irony and a reflection of the self-confidence of the Modi-led BJP that it can resurrect a long forgotten Congress leader and thereby tacitly claim ownership of the 'Iron Man' of the freedom struggle.

Patel: The man who forged the Indian union

By Mayank Chhaya,

There was once a time, not too long ago in historical terms, that there may not have been India as it exists today but a fractious collection of nearly 600 princely states. If a nation-state called India emerged in 1947 from the staggering ruins of close to 200 years of colonial plunder, to a significant extent the credit settles on one man - Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

Pulling the strings the RSS way

By Hamid Ali Khan,

Three events in the recent past are enough to suggest that the process of saffronisation of democratic institutions has begun.

Some two months ago, slogans of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ were chanted by BJP workers present in strength in the Raj Bhawan at Jaipur during the oath-taking ceremony as Rajasthan governor by Kalyan Singh, an ex-chief minister of UP and the ‘hero’ of the demolition of Babri Masjid at Ayodhya.

Quarter century after the political upheaval riots, Bhagalpur weaves India’s destiny

By Soroor Ahmed,,

A quarter century has passed since the communal earthquake had rocked the silk-city of Bhagalpur in Bihar on October 24, 1989 yet we are still piecing together the rubbles of social, political and economic fabrics.

तो क्या हैदर टोकेनिज्म से सुलह की शिकार है?

By उमंग कुमार,

विशाल भारद्वाज की फिल्म ‘हैदर’ के मामले में दर्शकों की प्रधानता दो रायें उभर के आ रही हैं - एक यह कि हिंदी सिनेमा या फिर बॉलीवुड-जगत में हैदर जैसी बहादुरी का चित्रण सचमुच अद्वितीय है और दूसरा, जो प्रायः पहले का विपरीत मत है कि हैदर ने कश्मीर मसले में बस एक ऊपरी कोशिश मात्र की है. उसका प्रयास भले ही सराहनीय ज़रूर कहा जा सकता है लेकिन उसमें गहरायी नहीं है. आखिर तौर पर एक सुनहरा मौका गंवाया गया है. हैदर के दांत खाने के और व दिखाने के कुछ और हैं, यानी कि हैदर का हस्तक्षेप निमित्तमात्र है.

Making India competitive and prosperous

By Amit Kapoor & Kevin Stolarick,

“The Council (US Council on Competitiveness] champions the belief that to be competitive, and raise the standard of living Americans, we must enhance productivity.”

Memories of turbulent times, difficult loyalties: Tan Twan Eng's Malaysia in war novels

By Vikas Datta,

Among historical events that have left an enduring influence, the Second World War is certainly one that lives up to its name. Its European, African and American components are adequately depicted, but the Asian experience, while not entirely absent, is quite under-represented. And this is despite the early 20th century being quite a tumultuous era for the region - older conflicts (the China-Japan War) segueing into the World War, which in its wake, sparked a spate of decolonisation and freedom struggles, some of them violent. But there are promising voices appearing, such as Malaysian lawyer-turned-author Tan Twan Eng with his first two intricately-crafted, evocative novels of the war and its effects in his ethnically-diverse homeland.


Winds of change at Frankfurt Book Fair

By Shobit Arya,

"Will you believe me if I said that nothing has changed in the last ten years? It is still about storytelling; we still need to trust each other and look into each other's eyes. We, in publishing though, like to be scared of the future."


Why are we biased about nuclear power?

By Nihit Goyal,

Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) to triple the country's nuclear power capacity by 2023-24. No sooner had he done so than some quarters issued statements protesting against the proposed Jaitapur power plant in Maharashtra. This highlights the sharp responses that nuclear power generates, which are partly responsible for the slow growth of nuclear power in the country, even as India desperately needs energy.