HOW NOT TO FIGHT EXTREMISM, Hindustan Times [Monday, May 26th, 2008]

In the spring of 1990, a great Indian patriot, the liberal jurist V. M. Tarkunde, led a team of independent citizens on a study tour of the Kashmir Valley. Many cases of police and army excesses were reported to them: beatings (sometimes of children), torture (of men innocent of any crime), extra-judicial (or ‘encounter’) killings, [...]

 
 
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  WHERE LEFT MEETS RIGHT, The Telegraph [Saturday, April 30th, 2005]

Earlier this year, I was at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, where I had been asked to given an after-dinner talk to the students. I reached ten minutes before schedule, so my hosts took me for a coffee while the audience was being rustled up. While we drank the coffee, at a modest [...]

 
 
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  STUNG BY THE WEST, The Telegraph [Saturday, April 2nd, 2005]

Back in the 1850s, Karl Marx wrote a series of essays on the results of British rule in India. These essays were marked by an ambivalence that was uncharacteristic as well as profound. On the one hand, Marx saw that the British had come to the sub-continent to dominate and exploit, objectives that were deeply [...]

 
 
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  SYCOPHANTS AND DEMOCRATS, The Telegraph [Saturday, January 22nd, 2005]

One day in the nineteen seventies, Leonid Brezhnev was in a town on Lake Baikal, attending a Politburo meeting. The Soviet Union was in its pomp, whereas the rival superpower was scarred at home by the scandal of Watergate, and abroad by the experience of defeat in Vietnam. Contemplating these events, Brezhnev was naturally feeling [...]

 
 
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