Thursday, 26 May, 2022

Topic: Independence

Politics over history and falsifying historical records fail India’s growth

Campus Voice is an initiative by ThePrint where young Indians get an opportunity to express their opinions on a prevalent issue.

Don’t blame Nehru’s Socialism for Air India fate. Read the 1944 Bombay Plan first

The Bombay Plan that argued for a mixed-economy was drafted by the likes of J.R.D. Tata, G.D. Birla, Purushottam Das Thakurdas and Ardeshir Shroff.

How secret Congress Radio played ‘Vande Mataram’ with police at door in 1942

In ‘Congress Radio’, Usha Thakkar writes about the secret radio channel during India’s freedom struggle and the woman who refused to let the police stop ‘Vande Mataram’.

Independence celebrations didn’t interest Gandhi. The National Flag’s design did

Harijan weekly, a source of Gandhi’s thoughts, didn’t give much coverage to the Independence Day. It carried articles on replacement of the charkha with a wheel.

Red Fort isn’t just a historic monument. Its breach crossed a red line in Indian mind

Indians guard the Red Fort’s autonomy and sanctity zealously, and bristle when they perceive a threat.

Chandamama, the magazine that taught generations about ethics and India for six decades

First published in 1947, the magazine survived for six decades and now loyal fans have taken to preserving its comics online.

Mountbatten planned to partition India into many countries. Then VP Menon stepped in

India’s future had been decided in a matter of 3 hours, between 7 am and 10.30 am, by Nehru and Mountbatten. And it was VP Menon who drew up a draft.

‘Eclipsed’ economic crisis, protesters’ CCTV conundrum & India’s ‘endangered’ secularism

The best cartoons of the week, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.

Blame British, not Nehru for India’s ‘damaging’ socialist stand on economy after Independence

The fact that the private sector of the time looked to the government to raise investment levels indicates that Nehru had less elbow room than currently claimed.

Celebrate Independence Day with pomp: UP govt issues advisory to madrasas

The Uttar Pradesh Board of Madrasa Education issued a letter directing tributes to be paid to martyrs and students be informed about freedom fighters.

On Camera


US President Joe Biden speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on 16 August 2021. Biden defended his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan | Samuel Corum | Bloomberg

US blames failure to shut Pakistan border for Afghan defeat. India, please take note

The US could have used its coercive resources to compel Pakistan to shut down the Taliban’s transborder sanctuaries. It chose not to—costing its victory.
Vendors at a store selling edible oils at Begum Bazaar in Hyderabad, India| Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Modi govt to allow duty-free import of soybean, sunflower oil, cool surging prices

The government will permit purchases of 2 million tons each of the two vegetable oils per annum this fiscal year and the next, according to a notification by the finance ministry.


Naval helicopters | Representational image |

What’s Combined Military Forces-Bahrain? US-backed coalition India joined on Quad sidelines

India is 35th member of the maritime counterterrorism partnership that also includes Pakistan, Australia, Bahrain, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany and Greece, among others.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.