The Indian National Interest

The Indian National Interest

Acorn | On freedom of religion

The only restrictions to propagation of faith are force and fraud. The last few months have seen the return of religion-related issues into the public discourse. While many of these issues have existed on the agenda of religious-political organisations for decades, their contemporary emergence might has been triggered by electoral calculations and a new public […]

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Sumpolites | Promises, Promises

The Pakistani government must do more than just promise and make empty assurances to protect journalists and create a free and fair press in the country. Journalists from Pakistan and from around the world have gathered in Islamabad for the second international conference on “Combating Impunity and Securing Safety of Media Workers and Journalists in […]

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Catalyst | On counting and marrying out of caste

Most measurements of caste dynamics are flawed by a lack of good numbers, but that’s a good thing. A few months ago, my fellow blogger Karthik Shashidhar had looked at how inter-caste marriages are happening in India. He had visualised the results of an interesting paper out of European Population conference hosted on the Princeton […]

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Sumpolites | From Symbolism to Symbols of Power

The showcase of power that will come from seeing women march in parades to marching into battlefields will be immense and a much better way to establish Naari Shakti Wing Cmdr. Pooja Thakur, has become the face of the Indian Armed forces for Women. She led the inter-service ceremonial guard of honour for the US […]

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The Broad Mind | The Indian Constitution and its Evolution

On the 65th anniversary of the formation of the Indian republic, V. Vinay shares some thoughts on the Indian constitution and its evolution. The constitution came into being after nearly 3 years of debate, with 299 members. The drafting committee was headed by BR Ambedkar. The constituent assembly was an indirectly elected body created before independence. […]

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Acorn | Three thoughts for the Republic

On reason, liberty and the right action For quiet contemplation on Republic Day: – How to protect Reason from democratically-enforced dogma and escape the tyranny of the ignorant; – On the liberal nationalist position on free speech (and what liberal nationalism is); – An eight-fold path to transforming India and the self; The Three Thoughts […]

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Acorn | Three thoughts for the Republic

On reason, liberty and the right action For quiet contemplation on Republic Day: – How to protect Reason from democratically-enforced dogma and escape the tyranny of the ignorant; – On the liberal nationalist position on free speech (and what liberal nationalism is); – An eight-fold path to transforming India and the self; The Three Thoughts […]

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Acorn | Jamaat-ud-Dawa, an assessment

What New Delhi should do about the threat Here is an assessment following an email discussion with my colleagues Rohan Joshi & Pranay Kotasthane on the Jamaat-ud-Dawa. See Rohan’s post for context. 1. The Pakistani state and the Pakistani society have neither the intention nor the capability (if they have the intention) to take down […]

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Catalyst | A Tale of Two Cities

The Indian growth story has included two actors in the past two decades, Bangalore and Chennai. Along with their parent states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, they have been the face of Indian progress, on everything from software to manufacturing to higher education. Bangalore and Chennai are quite distinct from one another, and this post traces the […]

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The Filter Coffee | Pakistan’s sophistry on Jamaat ud-Dawah

Nawaz Sharif’s claims of zero tolerance on terrorism have zero credibility. India’s civil society and its political leaders across all hues shared the grief of ordinary Pakistanis after the barbaric attack in Peshawar where 132 school children were massacred by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan.  In the days following the brutal attack, former Pakistani DG-ISI Hameed Gul, [...]

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Varnam | How the RigVeda is memorized

(This is a guest post by reader Ranjith P, after he saw a RigVeda chanting exercise in a temple near his home) As you might  know it is a puzzle that how is RigVeda,  a ~4000 year old text is still memorized and chanted without making any mistake. It turns out that  people have made […]

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