Archive for: politics

A Passage to infinity

A review of A Passage to Infinity: Medieval Indian Mathematics from Kerala and Its Impact by George Gheverghese Joseph. An important problem in historiography is...

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Asia’s tryst with constitutionalism

Constitutional breakdowns are indicators of political instability. Political stability, however, by no means is any guarantee for individual liberties. The recent...

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Get real, Mr Gandhi

What the Congress needs is less of AAP-ism and more of realism. The Aam Aadmi Party’s spectacular performance in the Delhi assembly elections has made Arvind...

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The winning formula

Deciphering the winning formula for India’s elections. Election fever has begun in earnest in India. Last Sunday, live results from four states – Rajasthan,...

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Woh Subah Kabhi Tau Aayegi

Poetry and politics of communalism in independent India. “At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment...

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The midlife crisis of governance

It is not about one party or one leader. Our governance is too centralised, too top heavy, and too obese. Humans and nations are similar in that both need periodic...

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The backward vision

Nitish Kumar’s vision of a backward state for Bihar will only perpetuate poverty and dependency. The vision of current political leadership of Bihar led by Chief...

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Multiplex movies and Indian politics

Is the current state of our voting class same as that of the middle class movie-goers before the proliferation of multiplex theatres? It is now commonly accepted...

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The rise of the East

The trio of Nitish Kumar, Naveen Patnaik and Mamata Banerjee is likely to have a decisive say in government formation after the next general elections. In 1990,...

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It’s the politics, stupid

Understanding Narendra Modi’s economic pitch for 2014 elections. It is now given that Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi would be the prime ministerial candidate...

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