As the spectre of communal violence raises its ugly head yet again in the build-up towards elections, India Together talks to
to explore the threats to the secular imagination in India and the hopes for religious pluralism in the democracy.
With the government clearing Telangana as India's 29th state, long-standing demands for separate states in other parts of the country have gained
fresh momentum. This could be a foretelling of many more states to come, but would that necessarily augur ill for the unity of India?
Noted historian Ramachandra Guha shares his thoughts.
Citizens of other states also could take hope from the results in Bihar, and demand that their politicians too provide enduring social
benefits rather than simply stoking prejudice, writes
Had Gandhi chosen to stay on in South Africa, the Republic would have taken a less democratic shape.
And the Congress may still have been a club for English-speaking gentlemen, writes
The atomic energy programme is an economic failure as well as an environmental disaster. Moreover, by its very functioning, the AEC has undermined the
democratic ideals of the nation, writes
The Congress remains, at least in theory, the only national party. Were it to rid itself of control by a single family, it may once more begin to
contribute constructively to the redemption of the idea of India, writes
Despite what it has done to itself in recent years, history should still remember the Indian National Congress as one of the great political parties
of the modern world. That, says
explains why he is particularly angry with it.
"If we really love Andrews' memory," said Gandhi when his close friend passed away, then "we may not have hate in us for Englishmen, of whom Andrews
was among the best and noblest."
visits his grave.
The the machinery and conduct of elections, is robust and intact. But the 'software' of democracy, the processes by which we are governed
in-between elections, is corrupt and corroded, writes