Why Is India’s Opposition Congress Party in Crisis?

September 17, 2020

Allan Octavian Hume, a sidelined official of the British Raj, founded the Indian National Congress (INC) in 1885. Born in Kent, UK, Hume was the quintessential gora sahib (white master) who had gone native. He took the initiative to create a modern political platform in a newly colonized and...

How Do We Understand Non-Violence?

October 02, 2019

October 2 has been designated as the International Day of Non-Violence to coincide with the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. Non-violence is often misinterpreted as something passive, but it is a set of attitudes, actions or behaviors intended to persuade the other side to change its opinions,...

Who Should Lead the Congress Party?

June 29, 2019

In this vlog, Atul Singh makes the case that author, orator and scholar Shashi Tharoor should be leader of the Indian National Congress party instead of Rahul Gandhi.

Narendra Modi Wins Again as India Rejects the Nehru Dynasty

May 24, 2019

Revulsion for corruption and nepotism makes Indians vote for a leader with humble roots despite his poor track record and authoritarian tendencies. In April, this author called Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s economic record abysmal. Yet he has now been re-elected with a thumping...

Indians Must Choose Between the Devil and the Deep Sea

April 25, 2019

In India, about 900 million people are voting in the world’s largest election. In more ways than one, it is a triumph of democracy. People will cast their votes freely and fairly. If the government loses power, the transition is likely to be peaceful. If it wins, the opposition is unlikely to...

Candidates Bet on Welfare Populism in India’s Election

April 04, 2019

India's opposition is attempting to thwart neoliberal Modinomics with its own version of economic populism. The world’s largest democracy is days away from its national elections. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s re-election bid seems stronger than ever before. The attacks of main opposition...

IIT Gandhinagar: An Oasis in India’s Higher Education Desert

July 04, 2017

IIT Gandhinagar offers some key lessons for tackling the acute crisis in India’s higher education system. Readers must know at the outset that this author teaches at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN). Furthermore, this author greatly admires Sudhir Jain, the director of...

Exploring Our Inner Gandhi

January 18, 2016

Can returning to the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi bring about a revival of dignity? Earnestness, it is aptly said, is the font of authority or authenticity, where “auto” means “self”—your original instrument and “entea”—or tool connotes communication. This explains why our...

Memo to Sonia Gandhi: Your Hypocrisy is Showing

January 19, 2015

Invoking Nehru will not save Sonia Gandhi and the Congress Party from irrelevancy.  Sonia Gandhi’s renunciation of power ten years ago is still fresh in the minds of Indians. Her rejection of the prime ministership, and her selection of a non-political, Oxford-educated yes-man...

Mandela: Gandhi’s Heir and Africa’s Greatest Son (Part 3/3)

December 11, 2013

Despite his flaws, Mandela is one of the greatest men of all time. A true test of greatness is whether a person can walk away from power. George Washington could have died in office but chose to retire to his plantation. Gandhi had a near-divine...

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