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No Gandhi means no Savarkar. Mercy plea debate just a way to instal him as New India’s father

The historian as judge-referee looking to ‘settle’ the question of Gandhi allegedly urging Savarkar to file mercy petitions is doomed to fail, and not due to lack of evidence.
Illustration of Sonia Gandhi (L), Veer Savarkar (C) and Indira Gandhi (R) by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Choose 1, Congress or conscience said Savarkar. 50 years on, congress’s bias still showing

In 'Veer Savarkar', Mahurkar and Pandit say Savarkar's unalloyed nationalism could prevent Partition. Sadly, no one knows.
Photograph of Mahatma Gandhi taken in London at the request of Lord Irwin 1931 | Wikimedia Commons

Lakhbir Singh’s lynching is the ‘irrational religiosity’ that Gandhi warned against in 1925

Lately, there has been a strong impression that religious symbols — cow, holy books, places of worship — are just as important as human life.

The real story is Gandhi, Savarkar were on same page on Hindi, Hindu, Hindustan — and caste

Rajnath Singh's attempt to Gandhi-wash Savarkar has carved his mercy petitions in stone. The debate between politicians and historians is now in the town square.
A vehicle set ablaze at Lakhimpur Kheri during the 3 October violence | ANI photo

Lakhimpur Kheri is tipping point for Modi govt. Like Gandhi’s Chauri Chaura was for British

Until now, Modi’s capture of power and ability to either ignore or dismiss his critics held total sway. Lakhimpur Kheri has changed that.
Photograph of Mahatma Gandhi taken in London at the request of Lord Irwin 1931 | Wikimedia Commons

When Gandhi said Ahimsa cannot be taught to a man who is incapable of killing

In ‘Elusive Non-Violence’, Jyotirmaya Sharma points out that for Gandhi, a complete development of physical strength was an absolute condition for appreciating non-violence.
Helena Blavatsky, c. 1877 | Wikimedia Commons

The woman behind the fake Mahatmas who made AO Hume set up Indian National Congress

The Mahatma letters are a series of letters that appeared and disappeared, fell from ceilings and sat in shrines. Behind them was an enigmatic protagonist.
Gandhi at the spinning wheel | Source: Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi, Volume 74, Frontpiece. Published by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India with the kind permission of the Navajivan Trust, Ahmedabad | Flickr

Gandhi said he would wear loin cloth only for a month. 100 yrs on, it’s a permanent symbol

During the non-cooperation movement, Gandhi had a dilemma. He wanted foreign cloth gone, but the poor didn't have enough money to quickly buy all khadi.
File photo of Mahatma Gandhi | Central Press/Getty Images

Gandhi’s encounter with a young Romila Thapar in Pune that inspired her activism

In 'The Psychology of a Patriot', journalist Saket Suman delivers an account of modern India, tracing the evolution and contestation of patriotism.
Veer Savarkar | Savarkar.org

Pew India survey takes us back to one more thing Gandhi, Savarkar differed on

Debates on religion, its legal boundaries and social policing, in short, are debates on women in India. Calling this ‘patriarchy’ does not explain it away.

On Camera

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Logos for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), left, and the Indian National Congress (INC) party are displayed on a computer at the Boom Live office in Mumbai | Bloomberg

BJP to Congress, Shiv Sena and RJD — super Saturday awaits parties in assembly bypolls

It’s not often that bypolls hold so much significance and can change political dynamics in several states. That’s the beauty of the 30 October bypolls.
Motorists approach s a Bharat Petroleum Corp. petrol station in Chennai, India, on 1 July 2021| Representational image| Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Plan to privatise Bharat Petroleum delayed as bidders struggle to find partners

The sale of state-run refiner-cum-fuel retailer BPCL would have fetched about $13 billion for the exchequer and other shareholders.

Defence

Representative image of swarm drones. | sameerjoshi73.medium.com

3 Indian start-ups win IAF swarm drone competition, at least 2 in line for defence contracts

IAF's 3-year-long Mehar Baba Swarm Drone Competition was conceptualised to encourage the development of swarm drones, and was open to indigenous talent and firms.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Aryan Khan isn’t a show to enjoy. NDPS is a weapon vengeful state could use on you or your kids

The draconian Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act has been handed over to people who are prone to misuse it. The story we see unfolding on our TV screens is of its blatant misuse.
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