Makarand R Paranjape

OPEN TO OPINION

English   |   Bangla

The writer is director, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. The views are personal.

POLITICS

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Why 2019 Lok Sabha polls is time for Modi 2.0

Modi must reappear in a new avatar as the dream-merchant par excellence if the BJP is to win again.

POLITICS

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Why BJP must 'beg' for votes now

In India, begging is perfectly respectable. Begging for votes is actually demanded. It gives voters a great ego boost.

POLITICS

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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: It's time for BJP to tread carefully

Do the Assembly poll victories suggest that the Congress will dislodge the BJP from the Centre?

POLITICS

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The 'idol' way: What we can do for our Hindu causes instead of whining on social media

Only a dozen or so heritage objects came back to India between 1947 and 2014, but since 2014, over 27 have returned.

POLITICS

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Why the Hindu community in North America stands at a crossroads

They need pluralistic self-understanding and self-representation, to hold their heads high in the world of religious competition and identity politics.

POLITICS

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Congress can slam Modi for appropriating Netaji. But Modi has effected a political coup

By taking over the legacy of the Congress along with its political mantle, Modi’s rebranding of nationalism has made BJP India’s main national party.

POLITICS

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Why we need to rethink the Hindu Charter of Demands

The charter is a welcome experiment, but one which may, unfortunately, create more discord than unity given the unpleasantness surrounding it.

VARIETY

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Remembering Gandhi's message in times of violent extremism

Violence is one of the biggest challenges facing our society today.

POLITICS

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How the World Hindu Congress was unfairly covered by the Indian media

The Congress, second in the series after its inaugural in November 2014, attracted over 2,500 delegates and participants from over 60 countries.

POLITICS

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How India can use 'Sagarmala' to counter China's Belt and Road initiative

The country's advantage is its strategic position which gives it the influence and leverage to make a difference.