Opinion  /  Published 20.03.22

The purest kind

“Do you not want to use a walking stick, Dada?” I asked the 90-year-old. Acharya Jivatram Bhagwandas Kripalani looked at me through his dimming yet un-fooled eyes and said, “No, I d...
By Gopalkrishna Gandhi

Opinion  /  Published 08.12.21

Testing loyalty’s limits

A small affair in school some years ago set me thinking about the virtue of loyalty. The incident that remains firmly embedded in my memory was my colleague’s response when I requested her to co...
By Devi Kar

India  /  Published 29.09.21

Delhi: Deshbhakti drill in schools

Starting the class with five minutes of "deshbahkti dhyan", maintaining "deshbhakti diary", Flag Day activity and exploring why "India is glorious but still not developed"...
By Our Bureau, PTI in New Delhi

Opinion  /  Published 03.09.21

For the nation: Populist nationlism

The debate on the line separating nationalism and patriotism is an old one. But it endures. No less than Rabindranath Tagore had scoffed at the scourge of narrow nationalism, calling it “carnivo...
By The Editorial Board

India  /  Published 17.01.21

How we were turned into a nation of elated suckers

February 14, 2019, 3.15pm: 40 CRPF jawans are killed in the Pulwama terror explosion, a little more than two months before the general election in India. February 14, 2019, 4.19pm: Purported Wha...
By Our Special Correspondent in New Delhi


India  /  Published 09.12.20

Patriotic films for jail inmates

Jail authorities in Odisha have decided to screen patriotic and motivational films in jails on Sundays to motivate jail inmates to shun the wrong path and to make them stress free. The pilot project w...
By Our Correspondent in Bhubaneswar

Opinion  /  Published 09.01.19

The life of a patriot is easy in New India

Patriotism used to be serious business. Whether it was giving one’s life for the cause of the country and its people or working on the ground, educating the masses, protecting the environment and ig...
By The Editorial Board

Opinion  /  Published 02.03.19

After Pulwama, a writer's dilemma

In 1940, George Orwell wrote an essay titled, “My Country Right or Left”. Britain and Germany were at war, the Luftwaffe was battering London, and the detached, sceptical writer was giving way to ...
By Ramachandra Guha

Opinion  /  Published 15.05.19

A republic of anger has no future

A man, a stepfather, goes out in the morning for a walk with his ‘wife’. When they return, he notices that the younger of his two stepsons — a child of four — has wet his bed. He flies into a ...
By Swami Agnivesh and Valson Thampu

Opinion  /  Published 06.04.19

BJP feels safer by reinforcing chauvinism

If the Bharatiya Janata Party were not so desperate to pose as India’s only patriots, it might have accused the Congress of stealing its clothes once again. It did so with some justification on the ...
By Sunanda K. Datta-Ray


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