Book Review

Liberalism and Its Discontents

Ram Madhav, June 21, 2022

(The review was originally published by Chintan – India Foundation Blogs on June 21, 2022. Views expressed are personal.) Francis Fukuyama is one of the West’s most renowned public intellectuals with profound liberal credentials. Once acquired name and notoriety for his theory of the “End of History”, Fukuyama traveled a distance in the last three […]

Eccentric Culture – A Theory of Western Civilization

Ram Madhav, June 9, 2022

(The review was originally published by Chintan – India Foundation Blogs on June 9, 2022. Views expressed are personal.) Do identities matter? A debate has been raging in the Western world for several decades now. While classical liberalism rejected group identities in the name of individual liberty and freedom, neo-liberals tend to emphasize identities of […]

Doom – The Politics of Catastrophe

Ram Madhav, May 7, 2022

(The review was originally published by Chintan – India Foundation Blogs on May 7, 2022. Views expressed are personal.) The Covid pandemic has highlighted one important probability – mankind’s ability to self-destruct. The virus, that had caused SARS two decades ago or Covid two years ago, was suspected to be a byproduct of human experimentation […]

The Age of AI And Our Human Future

Ram Madhav, March 10, 2022

(The review was originally published by Chintan-India Foundation Blogs on March 10, 2022. Views expressed are personal.) In their book “The art of bitfulness – Keeping calm in the digital world”, Nandan Nilekani and Tanuj Bhojwani express concern over how the tools that “we shaped” – the digital technology – are “shaping us” today. In […]

The Virtue of Nationalism

Ram Madhav, February 9, 2022

(The review was originally published by Chintan – India Foundation Blogs on February 9, 2022. Views expressed are personal.) In the present milieu, it is a challenge to stand up for the traditional idea of nationalism. Nationalism has been converted into a pejorative idea by the liberal elite in the West after the 2nd World […]

The Long Game – China’s Grand Strategy to Displace American Order

Ram Madhav, January 15, 2022

(The Book Review was originally published by Chintan – India Foundation Blogs on January 15, 2022. Views expressed are personal.) In July last year, China conducted the successful test-firing of a nuclear-capable ‘hypersonic’ missile, which, running at seven times the speed of sound, had entered low-earth orbit, circled the entire globe, and returned to hit […]

China’s Western Horizon – Beijing and the New Geopolitics of Eurasia

Ram Madhav, October 4, 2021

In the year 1990, Deng Xiaoping, the supreme leader of the Communist Party of China, had issued a 24-character dictum in Chinese. Translated into English, it meant: “Observe calmly; secure our position; Cope with affairs calmly; hide our capabilities and bide our time; be good at maintaining a low profile; and never claim leadership”. After […]

The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America

Ram Madhav, August 30, 2021

Timothy Snyder, Housum Professor of History at Yale University in the USA, is a recognized authority on authoritarian ideologies and their ability to undermine and nibble away at democracies. He has authored several books, the recent being a short educative essay titled “On Tyranny – Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century”. In his book “The […]