With the triumphant win of the Narendra Modi campaign and the Right riding home with an absolute majority; the Political Right in India has gauged the pulse of the nation by moving away from faith based politics and riding the wave of the strong rhetoric of development and muscular leadership. In contrast, the Left of … More Reimagining the Left of Centre in India
India’s social architecture is changing. India’s demographic dividend is finally paying up (a term popularized by Technocrat Politico Nandan Nilekani). This 9 Phase atrociously staggered election was punctuated with every nuanced characteristic of the Idea of India whether its is caste, religion, jingoism, and all the varied characters which would befit a Bollywood multi-starrer. This … More ‘How a Chai-wallah came to occupy 7RCR’ : the Leadership Story of the Modi Campaign
In India the reality is that the discourse on secularism boils down to trivial politics. As per the 42nd amendment (in 1976) to the constitution the politically contentious term ‘secular’ was added to the preamble. So it seems that Secularism is a relatively recent addition to our dictionary of political discourse. A ton of writings … More Is the Secularism Question, really secular?
India has a rich cultural and historical heritage, and this plank is often a refuge for both the scandalous and the sacred. The Hindu Right appropriates the ‘symbols’ of our Hindu heritage to form the canvas for its political picture. It is not a lone example in the world. Embedding religious symbols in the political … More The Necessity of a Hindu Right: A Liberal Pragmatist’s petition