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March 2021

Where the Hard Right Meets the Hard Left, The Telegraph

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I have been reading the memoirs of Dora Russell, a pioneering British feminist and educationist. These were published in three volumes, of which I have just finished the first. This covers her upbringing in Edwardian [...]

February 2021

Why Modi and Shah Fear Young Activists, NDTV.com

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Why would the Indian state arrest a twenty-one-year-old woman activist who seeks a cleaner and safer planet? Should not the country want young people to look beyond their narrow personal interests to the interests of [...]

January 2021

The Moral Evolution of Mohandas K Gandhi, The Telegraph

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The American writer Louis Fischer is best known for his book The Life of Mahatma Gandhi, which Richard Attenborough drew upon while making his award-winning film of 1982. Fischer’s book was published in 1949, a [...]

In Praise of Archives and Archivists, The Telegraph

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In the third week of January 2020—exactly a year ago—I was in New Delhi, working in the collections of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library. I first discovered the archival riches of the NMML in [...]

A Man to Match His Mountains, from the Introduction to The Chipko Movement by Shekhar Pathak

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I first came across Shekhar Pathak’s name in the files of the Uttar Pradesh State Archives in Lucknow. The year was 1983, and I was working on a dissertation on the social history of forests [...]