A Movement Revisited

Ram Madhav, August 17, 2017

The independence struggle as a narrative of the highs and lows of our national will The revisiting of history keeps happening. There are a couple of reasons why one revisits history time and again. One reason, of course, is that we get newer information as time passes. When we chance upon a new document or […]

The meaning of de-hyphenation

Ram Madhav, July 12, 2017

“We have been waiting for you, Prime Minister!” When I heard Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel say this to our Prime Minister at Ben Gurion airport, a three-year-old meeting between the two at a New York hotel flashed across my mind. It was September, 2014. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was making his maiden visit to the […]

Like a bee gathers honey – Goods & Services Tax

Ram Madhav, July 4, 2017

GST will reset the basic rules of taxation. It is an illustration of PM Modi’s transformative reforms. Modi is on a transformative agenda, the fruits of which will be borne by this nation in a few years’ time. He is setting India’s basics right with a futuristic vision. The PM has quoted Chanakya in his […]

Journey of Ram Nath Kovind

Ram Madhav, June 22, 2017

His candidacy for president is being viewed in terms of his caste identity alone. This is an injustice “Maine jaise swayam safalta paayi, vaise tum log bhi mehnat karo (Just like I achieved success on my own, you should work hard for it too)”. These words of Ram Nath Kovind, the NDA’s nominee for president, […]

Decoding a blast (Editorial – Indian Express)

Ram Madhav, June 15, 2017

Decoding  a Blast The timing and location of the latest attack in Kabul may be significant. The dots can be joined to the Haqqani Network   Exactly a decade after 9/11, on September 11, 2011, a truck pulled up next to the US military base in Wardak province in eastern Afghanistan. Within minutes, there was […]

India’s most trusted (Editorial – Indian Express)

Ram Madhav, June 15, 2017 In three years, the nation has seen the prime minister and his team work towards a new vision Three years is not enough for any government to transform a nation; but it is enough to judge if the direction is right. Three years of the Narendra Modi government clearly demonstrate that the direction is […]

Turning down China (Editorial – Indian Express)

Ram Madhav, June 15, 2017 Turning down China But India’s staying away from the OBOR mega show will not affect bilateral relations adversely   Belt and Road is China’s most ambitious initiative in history. Popularly known as One Belt One Road (OBOR), this infrastructure project of gigantic proportions attempts to bring under its sway more than 60 countries, from […]

Indian Womanhood: A Civilisational Perspective

Ram Madhav, May 9, 2017

Indian Womanhood: A Civilisational Perspective Mahatma Gandhi once said that for him true independence meant a day when a woman can go out on to the streets alone at midnight and roam around freely. Generally, it is understood as a statement with respect to the safety of women. It indeed was. For Gandhiji, security and […]

#TOIEditPage Three years down the line from 2014 Lok Sabha elections, BJP has emerged as the only true pan-national party

Ram Madhav, April 16, 2017

Courtesy – Times of India BJP is riding high on its recent successes, both in elections to state assemblies in February-March 2017 and in by-elections held this week to 10 assembly seats in eight states. Generally speaking, except for the three states of Bihar, Delhi and Punjab, BJP has been on a winning spree […]

#OpEd #IndianExpress New India, different China

Ram Madhav, April 13, 2017 Chinese reaction to the Dalai Lama visit to Tawang this time varied in tone and tenor from previous occasions. There are reasons for that Global Times, one of the most influential media organs in China, carried a provocative editorial on India last week in which it asked the rhetorical question: Is India capable of […]