Opinion  /  Published 26.01.21

New possibilities in our future

History constantly forms constellations of circumstances. Within the constant of these ever-changing constellations roils the constant of human struggle, first for survival and then for that thing cal...
By Ruchir Joshi in

Opinion  /  Published 19.11.20

Telling tales: Covid-19 as a graphic novel

One of the things I love about old cities like Calcutta or Chennai is what I call the availability of eccentrics. These are outstanding, outspoken people who have lived a full life and now play philos...
By Shiv Visvanathan in

Opinion  /  Published 26.06.19

Can we make communism relevant again?

Sir — One agrees with Ramachandra Guha’s view that communist thought should be indigenized (“Homely traditions”, June 22). Karl Marx’s economic theory was designed for an industrialized nati...
By The Telegraph in

India  /  Published 10.05.19

BJP occupies space vacated by communists in Midnapore

History does nothing, it does not possess immense riches, it wages no battles. It is men, real, living, who do all this.Karl Marx’s theory of history — an attempt to describe the way humans change...
By Devadeep Purohit in Midnapore

Opinion  /  Published 01.11.19

New project for old history

History, we are told, is invariably written by victors. We are not certain whether this is what prompted Amit Shah, undoubtedly the second most powerful person in India, to declare that “there is a ...
By Jawhar Sircar in


Opinion  /  Published 07.05.19

The search for an ideal society

After Arun Jaitley did not extend his term as governor of the Reserve Bank of India in 2016, Raghuram Rajan went back to his chair in Chicago and resumed teaching. He is a remarkably articulate econom...
By Ashok V. Desai in

Opinion  /  Published 13.02.19

Questions about CBI action against Rajeev Kumar

Sir — It seems that bad timing lies at the heart of the Central Bureau of Investigation’s actions against Calcutta’s police commissioner, Rajeev Kumar. In his article, “Behind the high drama...
By The Telegraph in

Books  /  Published 11.10.18

Since the Left turned to markets, nothing's right

This is a study of the non-communist or centre-Left in Europe, with an explanation connecting its decline and the rise of xenophobic right-wing populism as the major response to economic hard-Right ne...
By Kunal Chattopadhyay in

Opinion  /  Published 04.07.19

The path of progressive forces must be green

I became interested in the phenomenon of increasing violence during the 1990s. The demolition of the Babri Masjid was only the tipping point for my interest. It had started interesting me much earlier...
By G.N. Devy in

Opinion  /  Published 07.12.18

Gandhi is more relevant in the post-truth era

When historical narratives become semantic beggars, anecdotes help in lighting up collective memory. Some years back, I was in Berlin. This was the post-perestroika and unified Berlin. As I was walkin...
By G.N. Devy in


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