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Friday, July 25, 2014

Harbans Mukhia, Meghnad Desai, & Koenraad Elst

Mahatma Gandhi's English roots - Koenraad Elst, Pioneer 
In his youth, Gandhi was influenced by Jain and Vaishnava saints, but as an adult, he mainly took inspiration from Christian writers like Leo Tolstoy and befriended Westerners like architect Hermann Kallenbach. The Mahatma’s ‘Englishness’ has largely been ignored in post-Independence India.

Between history and mythology - Harbans Mukhia, The Hindu-Jul 16, 2014
This dichotomy also places them in a hierarchy, with history being ... Positivism had, during the eighteenth century and down to much of the ...

History wars - Meghnad Desai, Indian Express 
Dr James Ussher was a very famous Bible scholar. Counting the generations listed in the chapter of Genesis, he calculated that God created the world in 4004 BC. He was accurate in his calculations with the Bible, but wrong about history. Even to this day, those Christians who deny Darwin cite Dr Ussher.

The most interesting part about last Sunday’s FIFA World Cup final match was that the winning German team’s critical goal was made out of a pass hit by one of its three substitute players, and even the strike that put Germany on the top was by yet another substitute. In fact, Germany had three substitute players in that game.

Globalisation, nations and taxes - Deepak Lal, Business Standard 
In his Imagined Communities, the political scientist Benedict Anderson identifies four waves of nationalism. The first was the "creole" wars of liberation in North and South America, prompted by the policy of the European powers of barring the entry of the "creole" elite to higher official and political office in the metropole, even as the "peninsular" had access to high positions in both the colonies and the metropole.

Civilisational truths about India - Koenraad Elst, Pioneer 
India’s biggest neighbour is re-thinking its own identity. In this context, Zhang Weiwei’s path-breaking book, The China Wave: Rise of a Civilizational State (World Century, Shanghai 2011), deserves to be discussed in detail and with respect to its China-centric purpose: To give China’s remarkable progress an ideological consistency and justification.

On the politics of ‘Hindu History’ - Koenraad Elst, CentreRight 
One of the first important nominations by the Narendra Modi government is the appointment of the retired History professor, Yellapragada Sudershan Rao, as head of the Indian Council of Historical Research. As I could see from spontaneous comments appearing in my mailbox, Hindu-minded historians and intellectuals tend to be very disappointed by this. To them, this nomination amounts to the waste of a beautiful and rare opportunity to achieve an overhaul of the apparently never-ending Marxist dominance in the sectors concerned with Indian history. They consider Rao unfit for the job: too old to provide the dynamic leadership that is needed to affect real change (the RSS gerontocrats clearly wanted to reward one of their own kind), and especially, too associated with the caricature version of “rewriting Indian history”.

Tweets: SEP - The Imaginary Institution of India: Politics and Ideas by Sudipta Kaviraj (May 4, 2010) via @amazon

CC - Hugely enjoying the intellectual range and depth of Sudipta Kaviraj's The Enchantment of Democracy and India

Ram Guha - My column in @ttindia on history beyond Marxism and Hindutva:

KR - ICHR controversy and undermining history  by Mukul Kanitkar via @NitiCentral

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Yogendra, Natwar, and Katju

The fallacy of autonomy - Yogendra Yadav, Hindu 
The recent controversy about continuing the Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) in Delhi University (DU) reminded me of my days with the University Grants Commission (UGC). I remember ploughing through a thousand pages of agenda papers for each meeting, looking for crucial information buried under innocuous appendices. Read Full Article››
Delhi's pragmatic policy-making - Mayuri Mukherjee, Pioneer 
Straws in the wind, and forceful ones - Gautam Mukherjee, Pioneer 
Delhi doesn't really need a government - Rajesh Ramachandran, Economic Times 
Will Rahul get his mojo back? - Rajesh Ramachandran, Economic Times 
India treading the wrong course at WTO - Ashok Gulati & Anwar ul Hoda, FE 
Welcoming FDI in news - Vanita Kohli-Khandekar, Business Standard 
Modi must prioritise three things: Execution, execution, execution - Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar, Economic Times 
Return of gurdwara politics - Virender Kumar, Indian Express 
The fallacy of autonomy - Yogendra Yadav, Hindu 
Yes to the people, no to populism - A Surya Prakash, Pioneer 
Japan, India and the balance of power - K Shankar bajpai, Hindu 
BJP eyes repeat of LS victory - Kumar Vikram, India Today 
Mandal vs Kamandal yet again - Badri Narayan, Mint 
BJP & Shiv Sena: Their marriage on the rocks - Kumar Ketkar, Economic Times 
BJP may prefer president's rule - Rakesh Mohan Chaturvedi, Economic Times 
PMO, Bhardwaj were involved: Centre - Smriti Kak Ramachandran, Hindu 
Row rages as Katju adds fuel to fire - Harish V Nair, Mail Today 
Indian Railways - nostalgia and reality - Agnikalam, Business Standard 
Spectrum sharing won't fix telcos' problems - Sounak Mitra, Business Standard 
TCS first Indian firm to top Rs 5 lakh cr in m-cap - Shivani Shinde Nadhe, Bus Std 
What the budget didn’t say - Bhaskar Dutta, Indian Express 
Redefining the idea of world trade - R Srinivasan, Business Line 
Dismantling food inflation - Indira Rajaraman, Business Standard 
Land-shackled - II - Devesh Kapur, TV Somanathan & Arvind Subramanian, Bus Std 
The Neighbourhood/World
The Europe syndrome - Indian Express 
A jobless future awaits, no matter what govt do - Vivek Wadhwa, Economic Times 
Modi’s WTO opportunity - Sunil Jain, Financial Express 
Time for a SAARC bank - Arvind Mehta, Financial Express 
Pakistan: If the generals have changed their mind - Husain Haqqani, Indian Express 
Jaya opposes setting up of buoys on IMBL - Kumar Chellappan, Pioneer 
Did Dodd-Frank work? - Joe Nocera, NYT 
A new beginning with Nepal - Rakesh Sood, Hindu 
How to avert another MH17 - Brahma Chellaney, Times of India 
When Modi goes to Kathmandu - Yubaraj Ghimire, Indian Express 
Time is ripe to conclude FTA talks with Canada - Amitendu Palit & Douglas Goold, IE 
ISIS: A fantasy enterprise - Farrukh Dhondy, Hindustan Times