The Significance of January 26

Ram Madhav, January 26, 2022

(The article was originally published in OPEN Magazine on January 26, 2022. Views expressed are personal.) “Why January 26th?”—We never ask this question. The final draft of the Indian Constitution was passed by the Constituent Assembly on November 26th, 1949 after Rajendra Prasad, chairman of the Assembly, delivered his final address. A day before, on […]

The significance of delimitation in J&K

Ram Madhav, January 10, 2022

(Text of the article originally published by Hindustan Times on January 10, 2022. Views expressed are personal.) The recommendations of the Justice Ranjana Desai-led commission about the delimitation of the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Union Territory (UT) have left leaders in Kashmir fuming. The commission has, after prolonged deliberations, recommended 47 seats for Kashmir and 43 seats […]

Hindutva: The balance between pride and anger

Ram Madhav, January 8, 2022

(Text of the article originally published in India Today Magazine on January 8, 2021. Views expressed are personal.) On the new year day, Mohan Bhagwat, Sarsanghachalak of the RSS addressed a gathering of eminent citizens in Bengaluru. He was there not  to talk about Hindu Rashtra or about Hindus Muslim relations, but about  ‘Paryavaran’ – environment. […]

Time to develop a model for management of Hindu temples

Ram Madhav, December 24, 2021

It is time we developed a model for management of Hindu temples wherein the greater responsibility is vested in the Hindu citizens and institutions. Kashi is an ancient city, “older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend” as American writer Mark Twain described it. Sage Vyasa had compiled the Vedas sitting on the […]

America’s real democratic challenge is internal

Ram Madhav, November 30, 2021

United States (US) President Joe Biden wants to host a democracy summit. His administration has identified a number of countries to be invited, including Taiwan much to the chagrin of China. India has made it to the list together with Pakistan while Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have failed to do so. Two decades ago, then […]

Bangladesh must keep Sheikh Mujibur Rehman’s secular legacy alive

Ram Madhav, November 11, 2021

A K Abdul Momen, Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister, has tried to downplay the recent communal violence in the country, blaming “enthusiastic media and individuals” for spreading “cooked up stories” to embarrass the government. He denied that there were any rapes or destruction of temples and insisted that the government is “committed to religious harmony”. It is […]

A World Union Based On Resurgent Asianism

Ram Madhav, November 2, 2021

Hindu and Buddhist priests and monks were the first people to carry India’s influence across its boundaries two millennia ago. The Buddhist monks largely chose the land routes with the exception of Sri Lanka, where Buddhism was taken by the son and daughter of emperor Ashoka – Mahinda and Sanghamitra – in 3rd century BCE. Monks […]

Dharmocracy: Hindutva and Democracy

Ram Madhav, October 22, 2021

THE GREEKS GAVE the world the roots of democracy. The state as an institution was seen by ancient Greek philosophers as an instrument for moral and personal development of man. In the absence of men with morals, democracies could become a source of injustice was a dilemma that continued to bother the statesmen as the […]

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 […]