By deeming October 31, Sardar Vallabhai Patel’s birthday as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas, the BJP has rightly made amends for the short shrift that the great leader received at the hands of the Congress. By the same token, the BJP cannot be seen as being petty towards Indira, a leader who despite her flaws, did render yeoman service to the nation, says Vivek Gumaste. Dusk was setting in along India’s extensive western border with Pakistan -- from the picturesque foothills of the Himalayas ... Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
The real danger in India is not majoritarianism but minorityism, a bane we have already experienced. Majoritarianism in the India context means plurality and tolerance. No one needs to fear, says Vivek Gumaste. Shorn of its sanctimonious pretensions, its holier than thou posturing and its farfetched sociological ramifications, the volley of indignant protests triggered by the live broadcast on Doordarshan of the annual Vijaya Dashami oration of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
It is imperative that we deconstruct the current narrative and rewrite the storyline. To this end we need to alter the basic premise of the controversy, eliminate the obstructionists, home in on the true stakeholders and redefine the rules of engagement, says Vivek Gumaste. The Kashmir imbroglio is a complex, multi-faceted, hydra-headed monster; a perplexing quandary of intersecting ethnic, religious and international differences that seemingly defies solution; and without a doubt an ugly ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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