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Kalki — rebel Tamil literary giant who quit school to join Non-Cooperation Movement

Kalki was a prominent Tamil literary figure in the 1930s and '40s known for cult novels like 'Ponniyan Selvan' and 'Alai Osai'.

Masani, Rajaji and Shenoy — the free-market troika that challenged the Nehruvian State

A new paper by historian Aditya Balasubramanian engages with the economic ideas of three public figures who led the charge against the Nehruvian mixed economy.

Swatantra Party had a lot to say on China after 1962. If only Nehru had heard them

The reaction of Swatantra Party leaders C. Rajagopalachari, Minoo Masani, K.M. Munshi and N.G. Ranga during the 1962 War should be emulated today.
Jawaharlal Nehru, M.K. Gandhi, and Sardar Patel in 1946 | Commons

Don’t hang Godse, said Gandhi’s sons. This is how Nehru, Patel and Rajaji replied

Many prominent Gandhians requested clemency for the Mahatma’s assassins. They pointed out that Gandhi wanted to abolish death penalty.
Minoo Masani giving a speech | Photo: Author

No accident India forgot Swatantra leader & my father Minoo Masani, the beef-eating Parsi

It’s hard to imagine Rajaji and Minoo’s liberal values being tolerated, let alone heeded, in Hindutva-led India today.
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60 years ago, a Right liberal Swatantra Party had challenged Nehru’s socialist Raj

It was a sign of Swatantra Party's political acumen that many of its policies would be adopted by Narasimha Rao 17 years after its demise in 1974.
File image of C. Rajagopalachari | Twitter

Modi’s favourite Rajaji was not alone, India had many free market thinkers who were ignored

From B.R. Ambedkar to G.K. Gokhale & S.V. Doraiswami to B.R. Shenoy, there have been many intellectuals who could be said to constitute India’s economic Right.
File image of C. Rajagopalachari | Twitter

Remembering C. Rajagopalachari, independent India’s first and last Indian Governor General

Chakravarti Rajagopalachari, who was a fierce Mahatma Gandhi loyalist, made Hindi a compulsory language in Tamil schools when he was CM.
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Mahatma Gandhi’s little-known love affair with a married, progressive woman in Lahore

On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, we revisit an unexplored chapter of the great man’s life, featuring a platonic love tie, as told by Gandhi’s biographer Ramchandra Guha.
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India’s first woman IAS officer who knew how to handle men and guns

Anna Rajam Malhotra, a 1951-batch officer, was pioneer for women in the bureaucracy. She passed away Monday.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.