Ma Ganga by Another Name

Ram Madhav, March 23, 2018

The Mekong region and our Gangetic civilisation share an ancient past that enriched both Some scholars in India consider Mekong a distorted pronunciation of Ma Ganga, Mother Ganges, thus implying that the two rivers, flowing at a distance from each other and enriching large parts of the region, are actually connected with each other through […]

No mean victory

Ram Madhav, March 5, 2018

“Congrats Ram! The world needs fewer Communists.” This message that I received from a foreign diplomat aptly sums up the significance of the Tripura results. Ronald Reagan is credited with decimating Communism; so is Margaret Thatcher. In India, that task will most likely be completed by Narendra Modi. “How did he do it”, those puzzled […]

Engaging to contain

Ram Madhav, March 1, 2018

The Canadian press has reported that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had supported the claim of one of the public service officials in his government blaming “factions in Indian government” for “sabotaging” his recent trip to India. This amounts to ulta chor kotwal ko daante, the thief blaming the police. Trudeau could have been a little […]

The hesitations of history

Ram Madhav, January 18, 2018

“Swagat hai mere dost! Why did it take so long? We have been waiting for you for 70 years,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Narendra Modi when the latter visited Israel in July last year. Netanyahu was right. It took 70 years after Independence for an Indian prime minister to set foot on Israel, and […]

PM Modi and Amit Shah knew Gujarat challenge, what to deploy and when

Ram Madhav, December 25, 2017

Winning elections has become an art and a science these days. It is no longer just about the traditional ways of campaigning, casteism and cash. Democracy, right from the days of Herodotus, is, no doubt, the will of the people. But the ways of ascertaining the will of the people, or rather moulding their will, […]

The Beauty of Indic Thought

Ram Madhav, December 23, 2017

A profound quest for eternal bliss that is yet to take its rightful place in the world Indic thought is the most liberal that the world has ever produced. This is because it is the most democratically evolved of all. It is a product of the deep contemplation of great sages and saints, their great […]

For BJP, Ram mandir movement a one-way street

Ram Madhav, December 6, 2017

Sometime in the mid-1980s, the then RSS chief Balasaheb Deoras had asked the assembled leaders of the organisation from all the states a simple question: “Should the RSS plunge fully into the Ram Janmabhoomi movement or allow it to be led by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas (the body of saints […]

The Latest Pejorative of the Elite – OPEN Magazine

Ram Madhav, November 27, 2017

Populist’ is the chosen word of invective for a section of the intellectual elite these days. From newspaper articles by out-of-business columnists to platforms like the World Economic Forum, the buzz everywhere is about populism. Gone are the days of a hue-and-cry over socialism versus capitalism or secularism versus communalism. India’s people have seen through […]

Coming full circle at 70

Ram Madhav, August 17, 2017

This Independence Day is different. For the first time in 70 years, the high constitutional positions are all held today by individuals subscribing to a non-Congress ideology. When NDA 1 was in power, Bhairon Singh Shekhawat became the vice president and Atal Bihari Vajpayee was prime minister. But this time around, the president, vice president and prime […]