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When Benares was renamed Varanasi to comply with an identity rooted in mythology, legendary Khwaja Ahmed Abbas wrote: “I landed at the railway station. The freshly painted signboard celebrated Varanasi.
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Which face of Sardar Patel does the statue represent?
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An old-fashioned Marxist sobriquet for democracy we pine for and are frustrated by in turn is ‘bourgeois democracy’. Another word for it, which suits the Western palate more readily since the fall of the Soviet Union, is ‘free markets democracy’. For most purposes both are one and the same thing in usage, not too different from, say, cosmonauts and astronauts. Allende, Mosaddegh and Bhutto were among those who felt the direness of the definition.
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June 26 marks the day Indira Gandhi imposed her 21-month-long emergency rule on India in 1975. There will be the usual seminars to remember the occasion, and an old book by two intrepid journalists is also planned to be re-released, a classic of its time on the landmark event. I was a student at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) when a few of my leftist comrades were picked up.
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It is an exaggeration and possibly untrue that Hindu revivalists have a poor knowledge of history.
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All’s well that ends well. It was like a war averted between nuclear neighbours. How much poisonous hysteria can a game of cricket generate, led by folks who revel in a steady dose of TV-induced cretinism that passes for nationalism?
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