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CAMUS AND AMERICA


The Hindu

In the spring of 1946, Albert Camus visited the United States for the first time. He came at the invitation of his American publisher, Alfred Knopf. Like some other French writers he had profoundly ambivalent feelings about this rising superpower. On the one hand, he was attracted to the drive and ingenuity of the Americans; on [...]

THE TRIPLE TRAGEDY OF THE INDIAN MUSLIMS


The Telegraph

An influential editor from Delhi, visiting Bangalore, hosted a dinner for some local politicians, and invited me along. Among the netas present was the Karnataka Youth Congress president, the spokesman for H. D. Deve Gowda’s Janata Dal (Secular), and an office-bearer of the Bharatiya Janata Party. The conversation turned to the history of communal violence in [...]

By |2011-10-07T23:45:14+00:00October 25th, 2008|Categories: Politics and Current Affairs|Tags: , , , , |

TRIBAL TRAGEDIES


Hindustan Times

Fifty years ago, in October 1958, Jawaharlal Nehru wrote a short note explaining what the state’s policies towards the tribals of India should be. He urged that tribal rights in land and forest be protected, that tribal arts and culture be respected and renewed, that the tribals themselves be involved in their own administration (thus ‘we [...]

THE CERTITUDE OF CONQUERORS


The Hindu

I have been reading A. N. Wilson’s book After the Victorians, a survey of British social and political life in the first half of the twentieth century. Unlike some other British historians, Wilson is aware of the fact that at this point in time his country had an empire. His book thus moves between developments at [...]

By |2011-10-07T20:57:01+00:00October 12th, 2008|Categories: History|Tags: , , , |