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Religious Faith- Devilish and Divine


The Telegraph

I write this on a day when the front page of the newspaper reports that a Cabinet Minister has visited Rajasthan to consult an astrologer. Meanwhile, a back page photograph in the same paper shows the most powerful man in cricket preparing to enter a famous and well endowed temple in Kerala. The Cabinet Minister in [...]

By |2014-12-15T09:59:13+00:00November 29th, 2014|Categories: Politics and Current Affairs|Tags: , |

Nehru The Spiritualist


The Telegraph

In an important essay published some years ago, Sunil Khilnani argued that ‘Nehru was a politician without religious faith, but in possession of the deepest moral sense. He tried to develop a morality without the fall-back of religion, and while having to act under the compulsions of wielding power.’ That Nehru was sceptical of religion is [...]

By |2014-12-08T22:05:01+00:00November 15th, 2014|Categories: History|Tags: , , , |

How The Mehtas Conquered Manhattan


Hindustan Times

There is a rich literature on how the culture of modern cities has been nourished by immigrants from other countries. Books have been written on how American writers (from Ernest Hemingway and Richard Wright on to James Baldwin and Edmund White) did some of their best work in Paris. Other books explain how London was made [...]