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Jawaharlal Nehru

Fiftieth Anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru's Death Today

Pranay Gupte | Posted 07.27.2014 | World
Pranay Gupte

The Nehru-Gandhi dynasty has enjoyed enormous popularity and power, suffered enormous tragedy and reversals of fortune; yet, except for a brief period -- during the time of Indira Gandhi, and again after her death -- has ruled by popular mandate.

The Dawn of Narendra Modi Marks the End of Nehruvian India

Sandip Roy | Posted 07.26.2014 | World
Sandip Roy

The ghost of Jawarharlal Nehru could well be an uninvited guest at the banquet marking the swearing-in of Narendra Modi. Tuesday, May 27 will mark Modi's first official day as the 15th prime minister of India. It will also mark the 50th death anniversary of Jawarharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister.

The God of Small Things: Modi's Divine Mission

Jehangir S. Pocha | Posted 07.22.2014 | World
Jehangir S. Pocha

The BJP's convoluted "Hindutva" ideology, a curious and contradictory mix of cultural revivalism, economic Darwinism and militant nationalism, has always been rooted in anger. Much of it has been directed against India's liberals, leftists, Dalits (as "untouchables" now call themselves) and the Muslim, Christian and other minority communities. The BJP's view is that they have milked the system and public sympathy for undue benefits, which the Congress and other parties have showered on them for electoral, and not national benefit.

The Great War, A Century Later

Pranay Gupte | Posted 04.28.2014 | World
Pranay Gupte

The Indian Century was one of a vast national movement to eject colonial rule, but it also marked 100 years of ideas that defined nationhood. Those ideas initially focused on economic development.

In Defense of Manmohan Singh

Sunil Sharan | Posted 07.28.2013 | World
Sunil Sharan

India has become disillusioned with its robotic prime minister, Manmohan Singh. Sure, he walks and talks like R2-D2, but with nine years under his belt, he is now the country's third-longest serving premier, behind only the iconic Nehru and his daughter, Indira.

Has NAM Become a Sham?

Saad Khan | Posted 11.04.2012 | World
Saad Khan

With the Cold War long over and Russia finally joining the World Trade Organization, it is about time the members of the Non-Aligned Movement consider re-aligning their principles. Better still, they should think about agreeing on an amicable parting of ways.

Is India's Independece Day A Hindu Holiday?

Vineet Chander | Posted 10.15.2012 | Religion
Vineet Chander

Should India's Independence Day be celebrated in Hindu temples in America? I think so. We can use the day to reflect on identity, on struggle and sacrifice, and on the deeper, spiritual significance of concepts like freedom or independence.

When a Great Teacher Dies... and Lives On

Richard Walden | Posted 02.29.2012 | Education
Richard Walden

My 10th grade World History teacher, Patricia Logsdon, died this week at age 88. She spent 40+ years teaching at Culver City (CA) High School. Normal...

India Celebrates Children's Day

Posted 11.14.2011 | World

Though Universal Children's Day is on November 20 every year, India celebrates it on November 14. This date marks the birthday of Jawaharlal Nehru, In...

Meet the Amazing Aroon Shivdasani of NYC's Indo-American Arts Council

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

Indo-American Arts Council founder and executive director Aroon Shivdasani has lived all over the world but has called New York home for about half he...

Indian Media Replaces Pakistan with China Bogey

Pinaki Bhattacharya | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Pinaki Bhattacharya

A series of stories by an Indian news agency about Chinese military intrusions into what is claimed to be Indian territory inflamed the news circles.

Travails of Writing Revisionist History

Pinaki Bhattacharya | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Pinaki Bhattacharya

Jaswant Singh is a curious amalgam of a feudal past jostling modern, contemporary thoughts. Known for his stentorian voice and a clipped British diction, he gives an impression of having more form than substance.