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Articles By Sukumar Muralidharan

The Majoritarian Challenge and an Ambedkarite Remedy

The greatest weakness of Indian electoral politics, as practised within the Westminster model adopted at independence, is the reward it offers for the politics of exclusion. Several reforms are possible in the electoral system to ensure that the politics of polarisation is not advantageous. If India is not to become a republic of privilege where many are denied basic rights, this aspect must be addressed.

The Many Faces of Indira Gandhi

Indira: India’s Most Powerful Prime Minister by Sagarika Ghose, Delhi: Juggernaut, 2017; pp xvi + 342, ₹699.

Indira Gandhi: A Life in Nature by Jairam Ramesh, Delhi: Simon and Schuster, 2017; pp ix + 437, ₹799.

India’s Indira, A Centennial Tribute Anand Sharma (editor), New Delhi: Academic Foundation for the Indian National Congress, 2017; pp 299, ₹3,500.

Israel as a Historic Mistake

The original sin of Israel's birth has scarred it for life and it remains incapable of finding an identity that would meet basic democratic norms. Its neighbourhood in West Asia has had no option but to accept its truculent presence.All international law has to be rewritten, if necessary, to ensure Israel's state of exceptional nationhood. The United States' nuclear deal with Iran signals that the burden of carrying this exceptionalism is becoming too heavy to bear.