BAN THE BAN, The Telegraph [Saturday, July 30th, 2011]

Earlier this year, the Gujarat Government banned a book on Mahatma Gandhi by an American writer. The book was not then available in India, and no one in Gujarat had read it. The ban, ordered by Chief Minister Narendra Modi, was on the basis of a tendentious news report and a still more tendentious book [...]

 
 
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  HOW NOT TO CHOOSE A GOVERNOR, Hindustan Times [Sunday, January 3rd, 2010]

In the first weeks of December, I travelled through four states of the Union. In each state, I discussed the local political situation with a cross-section of the citizenry. We spoke of the work of Ministers and Chief Ministers, and, as it happens, of Governors. In one place, I heard the complaint that the Governor’s [...]

 
 
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  MERCHANDIZING GANDHI, Hindustan Times [Tuesday, October 6th, 2009]

In twenty years of studying Gandhi, I have had, as friends and advisers, three brothers who grew up in a flat in Connaught Place owned by the Hindustan Times (of which paper their father was then the editor). They all went to the same school (Modern) and college (St. Stephen’s), and all had a deep [...]

 
 
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  THE GANDHI RESERVOIR, The Hindu [Sunday, February 1st, 2009]

For many years now, my principal teacher on the subject of Mohandas K. Gandhi has been a man who is only incidentally his grandson. To be sure, Gopalkrishna Gandhi does respect and honour the memory of his two grandfathers (the other being C. Rajagopalachari). But his own identity is by no means restricted to the [...]

 
 
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