History is about people, their motivations and their actions. With 20-20 hindsight, we can study what people in the past did and how successful they were in their objectives. Understanding our past will help us decide what we should do in the present and guide us into the future. This is, in some ways, the … Continue reading Indian History and 2014 – Part 5
In India, politics has been reduced to a focus on the trivial. . The UP elections seem to focus on caste, quotas and freebies. It is a race to the bottom. At least that is what it seems from the outside. Populism, more than progressive policies, rules. Maybe it will take another election for different … Continue reading Indian History and 2014 – Part 4
My motivation in reading about the past has been to see if there is a way we in India can make a better political choice in 2014, when the next elections are due (unless of course, we have a mid-term poll). Will the Congress be back for one more term? Will the BJP manage to … Continue reading Indian History and 2014 – Part 3
Over the past month or so, I have begun to read India’s post-Independence history. The objective was to get a better understanding of India’s political past, so one can think about the future. The idea was to understand the evolution of the various political leaders, dig deeper into the events that have shaped the policies … Continue reading Indian History and 2014 – Part 2
History was never a subject I particularly liked when in school. Maybe, it was because all it involved was memorisation of lots of dates and events, and other random stuff. History just seemed so static – we were studying our own country, but in a sort of distant way. And then there was world history … Continue reading Indian History and 2014 – Part 1
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