Ram Madhav

Facing The People

Ram Madhav, February 17, 2024

(The article was originally published in Indian Express on February 17, 2024 as a part of Dr Madhav’s column titled ‘Ram Rajya’. Views expressed are personal.) These days, there is palpable unease among sections of political scientists over a perceived increase in “democracy deficit” and the rise of “strong man democracies” in different countries. The […]

7th Indian Ocean Conference – IOC 2024

Ram Madhav, February 10, 2024

(Text of Dr Ram Madhav’s Curtain Raiser Address at the Inaugural Session of the 7th Indian Ocean Conference – IOC 2024 – in Perth, Australia on February 9-10, 2024) Namaskar and Good Evening! It is my privilege and honour to welcome all the distinguished eminences to the 7th edition of the annual Indian Ocean Conference. […]

He Who Rules The Sea

Ram Madhav, February 10, 2024

(The article was originally published in Indian Express on February 10, 2024 as a part of Dr Madhav’s column titled ‘Ram Rajya’. Views expressed are personal.) Angus Maddison, renowned British historian, in his monumental work The World Economy: Historical Statistics (2003), argued that India had been the largest economy in the world in the first […]

Framing India in The World

Ram Madhav, February 3, 2024

(The article was originally published in Indian Express on February 03, 2024 as a part of Dr Madhav’s column titled ‘Ram Rajya’. Views expressed are personal.) The President’s address to Parliament traditionally showcases the achievements of the government. President Droupadi Murmu’s first address in the new Parliament building this week was no exception. The Opposition’s […]

Temple for Viksit Bharat

Ram Madhav, January 27, 2024

(The article was originally published in Indian Express on January 27, 2024 as a part of Dr Madhav’s column titled ‘Ram Rajya’. Views expressed are personal.) What the world witnessed on January 22 was not just the consecration of a temple but the rebirth of a nation and the reassertion of its national soul. In […]

Suspend Disbelief

Ram Madhav, January 20, 2024

(The article was originally published in Indian Express on January 20, 2024 as a part of Dr Madhav’s column titled ‘Ram Rajya’. Views expressed are personal.) As the country is preparing for the greatest spectacle after Independence — the consecration ceremony at Ayodhya — some non-issues are being raked up as controversies to mar the […]

The Fifth Term Challenge

Ram Madhav, January 13, 2024

(The article was originally published in Indian Express on January 13, 2024 as a part of Dr Madhav’s column titled ‘Ram Rajya’. Views expressed are personal.) As she took the oath of office for the fifth time as Prime Minister of Bangladesh earlier this week, Sheikh Hasina would have fondly recalled that 52 years ago, […]

Democracy’s Year of Reckoning

Ram Madhav, January 6, 2024

(The article was originally published in Indian Express on January 6, 2024 as a part of Dr Madhav’s column titled ‘Ram Rajya’. Views expressed are personal.) Stoic philosopher Seneca had said that “every new beginning comes with some other beginning’s end”. The eventful 2023 has ended and the new year of 2024 has begun. It […]

Press Pause and Process

Ram Madhav, December 30, 2023

(The article was originally published in Indian Express on December 30, 2023 as a part of Dr Madhav’s column titled ‘Ram Rajya’. Views expressed are personal.) On December 12, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) Summit in Delhi. For some time now, he and his ministerial colleagues have been […]

A Leader For All Seasons

Ram Madhav, December 23, 2023

(The article was originally published in Indian Express on December 23, 2023 as a part of Dr Madhav’s column titled ‘Ram Rajya’. Views expressed are personal.) It is said that “leaders are born, they are not made”. But those destined to become leaders need a nurturing institutional environment. India is fortunate that its Independence era […]