A pioneer liberal

Mahadev Govind Ranade, a noted historian, social reformer, judge of the High Court of Bombay, co-founder of the Indian National Congress and one of India’s original liberals.  The muddy and gushing Panchganga river adorns the town of Kolhapur like a necklace. The fertile valley and abundant water make for lush green sugarcane fields in the […]

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No end to history: The Indian context

On the question of liberal democracy and its future in India.  The 2014 elections in India were remarkable. Noteworthy not only for the majority that it produced for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi but also for the fact that the BJP dominated nearly every social category divide. The […]

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Nehru, the realist

Nehru’s adoption of tactics, especially with respect to his approach in international relations was decided by their usefulness. “Whatever policy you may lay down, the art of conducting foreign affairs of a country lies in finding out what is most advantageous to the country. We may talk about international goodwill and mean what we say. […]

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