The abiding relevance of integral humanism

Ram Madhav, October 22, 2021

“All ideologies are idiotic, whether religious or political, for, it is conceptual thinking, the conceptual world, which has so unfortunately divided man”, renowned philosopher Master Jiddu Krishnamurti once lamented. Europe was the mother of ideologies – from the capitalism of Adam Smith to the social conservatism of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke to the liberalism […]

Times Face-off: Following the recent attacks in J&K, many raised the spectre of the 1990s. Is it back to those days or is the Centre’s policy paying off?

Ram Madhav, October 15, 2021

For: Ram MadhavRecent killings alarming but political discourse has shifted to development What is the objective of the Union government in Jammu & Kashmir? Lt Governor Manoj Sinha has summed it up beautifully: “The objective is not to buy peace but establish it”. Terrorism, separatism, violence and anti-national activities of civilian and political activists have plagued the state […]

The Middle Path

Ram Madhav, September 29, 2021

In the evolving power dynamics worldwide, India must return to Asian centrality and non-alignment The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is a witty, genial, and colourful person. In the US, recently, to attend the 76th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Johnson cheekily told his bête noire in Paris, President Emmanuel Macron, to “donnez-moi un break” and “prenez un […]

To save democracies and warn autocrats, the political will of citizens is key

Ram Madhav, September 14, 2021

It was the undaunting spirit of the people of India in democratic values and institutions that was responsible for the restoration of democracy in 1977. That political will of the masses is the only guarantor of the survival of democracy, and also a warning for future authoritarians. Leaders must strive to uphold that power, not […]

Taliban Government: A 21st-Century Cold War is Taking Shape

Ram Madhav, September 12, 2021

The fall of Panjshir after the Pakistan Army’s midnight operation with choppers and drones marks a sad turn in the resistance movement in Afghanistan. In the absence of any material or moral support from world powers, the Panjshiri resistance forces could not hold on to their capital. Still, they vowed to continue their fight against […]

There is still hope for Afghanistan

Ram Madhav, September 2, 2021

The Taliban may appear powerful today but their greatest weakness is that the Afghans, including a majority of Pashtuns, are not with them. They remember the cruel Taliban rule in 1996-2001 when women were subjected to inhuman atrocities, the country’s cultural heritage like the Bamiyan Buddhas was destroyed, music was banned and political opponents and […]

Attempt to whitewash Moplah atrocities is latest case of Communist schizofascism

Ram Madhav, August 25, 2021

Fascists are known for blatant distortion of history. Communists are one step ahead. They not only distort history with impunity but blame their opponents as fascists. Stalin blamed Jews as fascists. Brezhnev called the entire capitalist West as fascist. In India, the nationalists are fascists for them. Talking of distorting history, Stalin demanded that 1941 […]

Overcoming the partition of the minds

Ram Madhav, August 19, 2021

Three major partitions happened in the world in the second half of the 1940s. Germany was partitioned into the Eastern and Western blocs in 1945, followed by India into Hindustan and Pakistan in 1947. Finally, Israel was created by partitioning Palestine in 1948. Germany’s partition was temporary. The Berlin Wall, constructed in the early 1960s […]

Beware Zombie Democracy

Ram Madhav, August 13, 2021

India needs to be wary of the new authoritarianism creeping across the world DISASTERS, NATURAL OR MANMADE, have consequences. A hundred years ago, a pandemic came riding on the devastation caused by World War I, leading to the destabilisation of the world order of the new nation-states. The Great Depression of the 1930s had added […]

Abrogation of Article 370 was the end of ‘Kashmiri exceptionalism’

Ram Madhav, August 6, 2021

Several years ago, when we were initiating dialogue with the PDP to explore the possibility of forming a coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir, I had the occasion to talk with a senior leader of that party. In response to my statement that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was keen on the progress and development of […]