ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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On the Ambedkar–Gandhi Debate

In response to the discussions around Arundhati Roy’s introduction to B R Ambedkar’s Annihilation of Caste, this article draws on Ambedkar’s views on caste in government policy to reiterate his continuing relevance today.

Welding the Two Visions of Democracy

Radical Equality: Ambedkar, Gandhi, and the Risk of Democracy by Aishwary Kumar; Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 2015; pp xiv + 393, price notindicated.

Was Gandhi a Racist?

This is a chronological account of Gandhi's writings with a view to assess whether or not his outlook towards African blacks can be considered racist. This article also attempts to understand the immediate context in which Gandhi makes his comments on black Africans and argues that the absence of such an understanding might lead to a dubious or inappropriate conclusion.

'Disaffection' and the Law: The Chilling Effect of Sedition Laws in India

What place does a colonial legacy which, in its logic, believes that people are bound to feel affection for the state, and should not show any enmity, contempt, hatred or hostility towards the government established by law, have in a modern democratic state like India? This question lies at the heart of this essay, which examines how these laws impact the ability of citizens to freely express themselves and limit the ability to constructively criticise or express dissent against governments.

Mahatma Gandhi and the Pro-Israeli Lobby in the US

The recent forced resignation of Gandhi's grandson, Arun Gandhi from the M K Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence in New York brings to mind the Zionist lobby's bitter criticism of Mahatma Gandhi from a Jewish fundamentalist perspective in the 1980s.

Reconciliation without Justice?

The Indo-South African Dialogue on Truth, Reconciliation and Human Rights which brought together academics and human rights activists from South Africa and India in an intimate encounter in Delhi recently raised issues that went beyond the South African experience and echoed the post-Iraq war global concerns about economic hegemony and military unilateralism in a unipolar world system.

Odyssey of a Poem

The odyssey of a poem published in a Marathi little magazine almost 20 years ago has landed us in a moment of guilty introspection.

Deconstructing the Dalai Lama on Tibet

This article explores the changing roles of the Dalai Lama against the backdrop of the radical voices who want to wage an armed struggle for a politically independent Tibet. It also studies how the Dalai Lama has been influenced by Gandhi's doctrine of non-violence.

Death of Indian Pluralism?

Gujarat was a watershed. What we are witnessing is the death of Indian pluralism.

Mahatma Gandhi's Dialogues with Americans

Gandhi never visited America, but he met and corresponded with many Americans. Showing that satyagraha had a great potentiality, he helped to awaken some of the best in American traditions, and by his explicit connection to Christ and Thoreau, he made some Americans feel that these teachings were not so foreign. Gandhi helped to invigorate the idea of non-violent resistance in the west and to politicise it as he had done in India. His connection to America called forth many courageous non-violent activists and some powerful and sensitive American writing too.

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