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Makarand R Paranjape

Makarand R Paranjape

The author is Director, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla

How Narendra Modi surge swept aside all predictions

We have finally admitted to a NaMo wave this time around too. But, hey, now it’s no longer a wave; it’s a TsuNaMo
 

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Narendra Modi has integrated the middle class into a powerful political formation

Modi has not only united Hindus as never before, but also integrated the great Indian middle class into a powerful political formation. He has given them a voice in addition to a vote

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Grisly reminder of leftist extremism at Gadchiroli

Maoists use terror tactics as deadly as jihadi suicide bombers. 

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The unsolved puzzle of Lal Bahadur Shastri’s death

Tashkent Files is as much a performers’ as viewers’ delight, offering much-needed respite from the oppressive star system that dominates Bollywood

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Jallianwala 100 years later: Through the glass darkly

Today, we want an unconditional apology from the British, but what about those who actually opened fire, the Indian soldiers who served the British?

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Modi checkmated opposition's attempt to turn Advani’s statement against current BJP leadership

If Mukherjee was its founder, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya was Jana Sangh’s most influential ideologue. His “Integral Humanism” remains the guiding philosophy of the BJP.

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'Main bhi chowkidar' vs 'Chowkidar chor hai': Who is winning?

While “Chowkidar Chor Hai” is revealed, on closer analysis, not just to be negative, but demeaning, “Main Bhi Chowkidar,” arguably, shows solidarity with watchmen and guardians of the state. 

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Should India hold Pakistan responsible for its non-state actors?

Holding the Pakistani state responsible for terrorist activities against India and improving our intelligence operations within Pakistan is the way forward.

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After state elections: Nation’s mood and road ahead for BJP

Under Narendra Modi’s leadership, the BJP has delivered not just on many of their development goals and promises, but shown a vision of a different, much more confident, and empowered India.

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US Missionary John Allen Chau vs the world’s last aboriginals

The people he wanted to convert weren’t interested. Yet he decided to go back to the island.Could this be called love of God or helping those in need?

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Sabarimala and downfall of Communist rule in Kerala

The Supreme Court verdict, full of what some critics consider pompous grand-standing and virtue-signalling, may actually give the BJP the fillip it so desperately needs.

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Moderate Hinduism: Mohan Bhagwat’s Vijayadashami exposition

Bhagwat was also unsparing in his self-criticism of Indian society, identifying “ignorance, the dearth of development and amenities, unemployment, injustice, exploitation, discrimination and…

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How will the Hindutva blues play out?

The ruling dispensation must be more inclusive and accommodative rather than succumbing to hardliner and radicals.

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Opinion: Why Indo-Russian partnership is likely to strengthen

Ever since the inaugural Indo-Russian summit in 2000, led from the Indian side by then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the two countries have enjoyed what was termed a “special and privileged…

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