The writer is the DD Kosambi Visiting Professor at Goa University.
Peter Ronald deSouza writes: Fanaticism often comes from the rigid rules we apply to food, with those who eat the food proscribed for us being viewed as the hostile other.
The competition was between an ‘outsider’ who is threatening that which is valuable in the state, and an ‘insider’ who is going to protect it. This is how it worked in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Kerala.
Is E Sreedharan being naïve or arrogant or both to think that his engineering solutions will solve the problem of “love jihad” and “beef eating”?
America will need to examine why a narcissistic leader, with plebiscitary power, was able to expose the fragility of its institutions and push them to the brink.
Maradona was a rebel against a system that oppressed you by its rules, created them to hold you down and tore them up when the calculus of power changed.
However, one wants to play it, this was a major goof up by the company — a failure of conception, planning and execution. Google could have avoided this huge embarrassment if they had only googled to find out what lay ahead.
The pontiff’s UAE visit is historic in terms of inter-faith harmony and peace. But do the symbolic compromises he made diminish his moral sheen?
Prime Minister Modi recently invoked Gandhi as he talked of capitalists. But Gandhi believed that owners must become trustees.
The Margaret Court Arena controversy touches upon a key question plural democracies must deal with: What should be the correct response to the demand for the renaming of public places?
The creation of ‘us’ and ‘them’ divisions is worrying. But, as the Alwar attack shows, what is more chilling is the ordinariness of violence
Maligning a young woman, especially the daughter of a soldier who died for the nation, is pure fabrication; it is designed to besmirch desh bhakts who do not do such things.
With his return to the realm of ideas, Rajan has accepted the responsibility to speak out without the constraints of public office. This is where the fun begins.
Can a citizen elite selflessly promote the greater good? This books answers are not sceptical enough.
Sometimes it is necessary to be unreasonable to make the established order listen
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We need to reinvent the institution to give ourselves a body of rules and the habit of observing them
What role do emotions play in a system of justice?
Maya Kodnani and Jyotsna Yagnik offer contrasting visions of the state
Italian strikers goals against Germany invite a debate on luck and leadership
Constituent Assembly was clear: right to freedom trumps decisions of state
We need to discuss if the CMs office should be an integrity institution
In a secular democracy, there can be several possible objections to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s statement on minorities at the National Development Council meet. Which one of these is the BJP raising?
Democracy in Goa has indeed been murdered. L K Advani got it right when he said so but, like all things Advani, he spoke only half a truth. ...