FAITH CYNICAL AND SUBLIME, The Telegraph [Saturday, September 25th, 2010]

In the spring of 1907, the London publisher John Murray published a book on Persian mystics by one F. Hadland Davis. The book appeared in a series called ‘The Wisdom of the East’, whose editors desired their publications to be ‘ambassadors of good-will and understanding between East and West, the old world of Thought, and [...]

 
 
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  A PROPHET ANNOUNCES HIMSELF, Times Literary Supplement [Thursday, August 12th, 2010]

In the third week of September 1909, The Illustrated London News published a withering attack on the idea of Indian nationalism. Its author was G. K. Chesterton, who was then writing a weekly column for the magazine. The Catholic novelist was not especially known for his interest in Britain’s colonies; indeed, this may have been [...]

 
 
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  THE RISE AND FALL OF THE BILINGUAL INTELLECTUAL, Economic and Political Weekly [Saturday, January 23rd, 2010]

This essay is inspired by an argument between the scholar-libarian B. S. Kesavan and his son Mukul that I was once privy to. I forget what they were fighting about. But I recall that the father, then past ninety years of age, was giving as good as he got. At periodic intervals he would turn [...]

 
 
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  SEARCHING FOR CHARLIE, The Telegraph [Saturday, February 28th, 2009]

It was on on my last trip to Kolkata that I went searching for the grave of Charlie Andrews. A friend had told me that it was in a cemetery on Lower Circular Road. I decided to walk there from my hotel in Park Street. Fortunately, it was winter, so the weather was (relatively) mild. [...]

 
 
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  REFORMING THE HINDUS, The Hindu [Sunday, July 18th, 2004]

Three men did most to make Hinduism a modern faith. Of these the first was not recognized as a Hindu by the Shankaracharyas; the second was not recognized as a Hindu by himself; the third was born a Hindu but made certain he would not die as one. These three great reformers were Mahatma Gandhi, [...]

 
 
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  THE LOCALITY AND THE NATION, The Hindu [Sunday, August 31st, 2003]

On Independence Day this year I was driving from Bangalore to the small temple town of Melkote. At traffic lights within the city we were hailed by vendors selling the National Flag. When we got to the highway, we passed boys on motor bikes waving the tiranga jhanda. Clearly, the Supreme Court order allowing private [...]

 
 
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  CRICKET ON THE VELD, The Hindu [Sunday, March 2nd, 2003]

There is a cricket World Cup now in South Africa, and watching the tournament on TV shall doubtless take me back to the one time I did visit the country. That was back in October 1997. Apartheid had recently been vanquished, and the greatest man the world has known since Mahatma Gandhi was in power. [...]

 
 
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