THE FIRST ‘GANDHIAN’ INTELLECTUALS, The Hindu [Sunday, February 12th, 2006]

While Mahatma Gandhi was alive, not many intellectuals would willingly identify themselves as ‘Gandhian’. Writers and thinkers treated him, at best, with a kindly indulgence; and, at worst, with unremitting hostility. The first group admired the Mahatma’s asceticism and personal integrity and, were they Indian, his ability to move the masses and draw them into [...]

 
 
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  GANDHI AND SCIENCE, The Telegraph [Saturday, February 4th, 2006]

Shelley once claimed that poets were ‘the unacknowledged legislators of the world’. In the decades and centuries since he said this, it has been scientists rather than poets who have been the world’s legislators, and acknowledged ones, too. The power and prestige of modern science is colossal indeed. The prestige comes from science’s manifest successes [...]

 
 
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  AN ADIVASI CHAMPION, The Hindu [Sunday, January 29th, 2006]

In the first week of February 2002, I got a call from the writer Mahasweta Devi. I had met Mahasweta only once—in a boarding house in Delhi where we both happened to be staying—but knew, of course, a great deal about her. I had not read her novels—I don’t read much fiction—but had been profoundly [...]

 
 
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  AN ADIVASI CHAMPION, The Hindu [Sunday, January 29th, 2006]

In the first week of February 2002, I got a call from the writer Mahasweta Devi. I had met Mahasweta only once—in a boarding house in Delhi where we both happened to be staying—but knew, of course, a great deal about her. I had not read her novels—I don’t read much fiction—but had been profoundly [...]

 
 
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