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).

VOICES

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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

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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.

POLITICS

 |   8-minute read

It's a pity Modi doesn't see cow vigilantism and lynching of minorities as threat to Constitution

Instances like Dadri, Una and elsewhere are not mere crimes. Blind irrationality is overpowering the scientific temper that the Constitution says ought to prevail.

VOICES

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VOICES

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Absence of St Stephen's from HRD ministry's top colleges' list is no shocker

MHRD has no moral right to rank institutions so long it does not tell us what its vision for education is. I wonder if anyone knows what it is.

VOICES

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A Japanese student taught me a lesson in love and responsibility

Today we are getting addicted to power of a different kind.

POLITICS

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What is ailing the Indian intelligentsia?

They can either languish in irrelevance, severing themselves from society and hiding from accountability, or they can stand by the nation in this time of change.