Book Review

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 […]

Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China

Ram Madhav, July 15, 2021

The story of Communist China is the story of three leaders – Mao Tse Tung, Deng Xiaoping and Xi Jinping. Mao was the supreme leader of the Communist Party of China (CPC) from 1935 until his death in 1976. Deng worked in important positions under him, during the liberation struggle until 1949 and subsequently during […]

Twilight of Democracy – The Failure of Politics and The Parting of Friends

Ram Madhav, May 12, 2021

Democracies are cherished political systems only when they uphold liberal credentials. Freedom of person and speech are an essential acid test for any democracy. That includes free speech, free media and political freedom. Only in such societies where liberty and freedom are respected will the human creativity blooms and blushes. Such societies become home to artists, writers, thinkers and craftsmen, […]

Contest for the Indo-Pacific: Why China won’t map the Future

Ram Madhav, March 25, 2021

Indo-Pacific is fast emerging as the battleground of the 21st century. At the dawn of this century, the global power axis has shifted away from the Pacific–Atlantic to the Indo–Pacific. Rise of the Asian Tigers – Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea – towards the end of the last century and the unprecedented economic […]

Dharma: Decoding the Epics for a Meaningful Life

Ram Madhav, February 11, 2021

When K M Munshi authored the 7-part Krishnaavataara series on the life of Bhagwan Krishna, traditionalists found it demeaning to bring down the divine to a mundane level. But through that path-breaking work, Munshi helped take Hindu classical religion into the drawing rooms and boardrooms of India’s new rich and modern, to the elites and […]

In The Dragon’s Shadow: Southeast Asia in the Chinese Century

Ram Madhav, February 2, 2021

Southeast Asia was never a homogeneous region. It is vast, diverse and widespread. The Indian and Chinese voyagers were the first to reach these distant territories – Indians went with their culture while the Chinese with their people. Arabs came later to do business and also transmitted their religion Islam in some parts. Then came […]

The Quest for a Moral Compass: A Global History of Ethics

Ram Madhav, December 25, 2020

When Jonathan Sacks wrote that ‘We are all in Kenan Malik’s debt’ or when Tom Holland called the book a ‘tour de force’ and imagined replacing Bertrand Russel’s History of Western Philosophy on his bookshelf with it, they were not exaggerating about Kenan Malik’s book The Quest for a Moral Compass. It is a groundbreaking work from an […]