Valson Thampu

OPEN TO OPINION

The writer is former principal of St Stephen's College, Delhi and former member of the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI).

VARIETY

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Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any wool? Jai Hind, Jai Hind, three bags full

Madhya Pradesh minister who wants students to answer roll call with ‘Jai Hind’ is a brilliant political master.

VOICES

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VOICES

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Why Rahul Gandhi shouldn't have blamed BJP/RSS for Gauri Lankesh's murder

The Congress vice-president could have spoken on the killing after the guilty were brought to book.

POLITICS

 |   5-minute read

POLITICS

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Ram Rahim rape verdict: Why Haryana BJP government failed miserably

Despite violence in the aftermath of an adverse verdict being absolutely predictable, the state administration was voluntarily unprepared for it.

VOICES

 |   7-minute read

Don't let the love for your country make you sound like a fool

By forcing people to shout what are considered patriotic slogans, our misguided enthusiasts undermine the very foundation of patriotism.

VOICES

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The Gopalkrishna Gandhi I know

He doesn’t put on a mask for public consumption.

POLITICS

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Problem with nationalism is that it’s foreign and imported

It must smell of our soil, our air, our water, our imagination, our spirit. And when I look for things of that sort, it is very little that comes to mind or to hand.

POLITICS

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When Nitish Kumar and Pinarayi Vijayan's cries are crushed by federalism under Modi

'The people' are at the receiving end of state charity, dictated almost wholly by political expediency.

VOICES

 |   6-minute read

End of red beacons on cars: Why I can't thank PM Modi enough

But as long a majority of Indian citizens languish in ill-health and illiteracy, VIP mindset will stay.