Articles

A hit job that is a damp squib

Ram Madhav, January 28, 2023

(The article was originally published by Indian Express on January 28, 2023 as a part of Dr Madhav’s bi-weekly column titled ‘Ram Rajya’. Views expressed are personal.) At 100, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is facing its worst crisis of credibility. Proliferation of channels, disinterest in the government over budgetary spending, revenue losses and job […]

What the media has misunderstood about Mohan Bhagwat’s interview

Ram Madhav, January 14, 2023

(The article was originally published by Indian Express on January 14, 2023 as a part of Dr Madhav’s bi-weekly column titled ‘Ram Rajya’. Views expressed are personal.) Most leaders reacted to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s interview without reading it. It was not only a comprehensive interview, but also a very forward-looking one. Partial reporting gave […]

2023: The year India may realise its global power aspirations

Ram Madhav, December 31, 2022

(The article was originally published by Indian Express on December 31, 2022 as a part of Dr Madhav’s bi-weekly column titled ‘Ram Rajya’. Views expressed are personal.) In September 2014, in his first meeting with President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about making the US a principal partner “in the realisation of India’s […]

Atal Doctrine – Good Governance (Yogakshema) as Raj Dharma

Ram Madhav, December 25, 2022

(The article was originally published by Chintan – India Foundation Blogs on December 25, 2022. Views expressed are personal.) Atal Bihari Vajpayee – the very name invokes warm sentiments of goodwill across political and social spectrums. The world has seen many leaders. For some, leadership is a legacy handed down. They are born as leaders. […]

The Tawang scuffle: India is now prepared for China

Ram Madhav, December 17, 2022

(The article was originally published by Indian Express on December 17, 2022. Views expressed are personal.) The recent scuffle at Yangtse near Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh on December 9 was dubbed by many as the “new normal” for India in dealing with China on the Line of Actual Control (LAC). But is this really new? […]

What Rahul Gandhi needs to know about Ambedkar and Savarkar — and doesn’t

Ram Madhav, December 4, 2022

(The article was originally published by Indian Express on December 4, 2022. Views expressed are personal.) On December 6, 1273, a famous Catholic saint, Thomas Aquinas, went into a final trance. Aquinas is remembered for his medieval endeavour to inject rationalism into Catholic theology. Reason and reform were the core of Thomistic thought. After facing […]

The Road to Constituent Assembly

Ram Madhav, November 26, 2022

(The article was originally published by OPEN Magazine on November 26, 2022. Views expressed are personal.) Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the US senator who served also as ambassador to India in the 1970s, once made a profound quip that “everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts”. Unfortunately, most of us […]

India’s G20 presidency: As the voice of Global South, New Delhi must use deft diplomacy to end war in Ukraine, defuse tensions over Taiwan

Ram Madhav, November 19, 2022

(The article was originally published by Indian Express on November 19, 2022 as a part of Dr Madhav’s bi-weekly column titled ‘Ram Rajya’. Views expressed are personal.) The global economic recession of 2008 had catapulted the otherwise obscure grouping of finance ministers of influential countries into a summit level gathering of G20 nations. In the […]

How we can achieve growth with balance

Ram Madhav, November 5, 2022

(The article was originally published by Indian Express on November 5, 2022 as a part of Dr Madhav’s bi-weekly column titled ‘Ram Rajya’. Views expressed are personal.) On November 15, the world population will cross eight billion — it crossed six billion in October 1999 and we added another two billion in two decades. Demographers […]

A short history of J&K’s accession pact with India

Ram Madhav, November 4, 2022

(The article was originally published in Hindustan Times on November 3, 2022. Views expressed are personal.) History serves the masters of the past. But historians serve the masters of the present too. That’s why Napoleon quipped that history is, after all, a “fable, mutually agreed upon”. Recently, the accession of the princely state of Jammu […]