That angry Indian debates involve young people pitted against the values of their parents’ generation suggests an upheaval in values lies ahead
Jaipur Literature Festival 2021: On Day 3, Adam Gopnik and John Micklethwait analyse the 'death' of Liberalism
In a well-articulated and quick paced exchange of ideas, Gopnik and Micklethwait assessed Liberalism's many challenges in the present, and how it had dealt with them in the past.
For all its flaws, liberalism still has a future; it may just look different from what we are used to
A combination of social compacts, globalisation, demographics, and technology have made evident some of liberalism’s limitations. But we could just as likely see not a reversion to a pre-liberal past, but an explosion of new diverse, experimental, chaotic, and rebellious liberal political traditions.
The decomposing corpses of ideas feed and sustain the toxic cesspool our intellectual and social life has become
India's image has taken big hit in past year; only recourse is for BJP to up engagement with world in transparent manner
Ever since it became a sovereign republic, India has meticulously built its global network of "friends" through continuous democratic practice and evolution, not least under former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru who sought to build a secular and liberal country
Quantico row and Atul Kochhar's sacking: Liberalism in India has been hijacked by a group of bullies
The story took on a twist when a tweet by Michelin Star chef Atul Kochhar got highlighted.
ACJ sexual harassment case: College's 'liberalism' in face of crisis threatens its credibility, reputation
The Asian College of Journalism (ACJ) — one of the preeminent media institutions in the country and my alma mater — is a liberal place. The men and women who teach there are all liberal, in every sense of the term
PM at Davos: As Donald Trump puts America First, Narendra Modi stakes India's claim for global leadership
There’s a vacuum in global leadership ever since President Donald Trump famously put America First. In his keynote address on Tuesday at the World Economic Forum (WEF), Narendra Modi showed he was ready to step in.
Congress is not a lost cause yet: Junking archaic ideas, embracing progressive approach will make it a potent force
Having failed to delineate a cogent and credible line on secularism, the Congress will have to articulate a new position to find its way back into political reckoning.
Democracy presents the architecture for freedom. Through a set of ideas, principles, set of practices and procedures that have been moulded through a long, arduous history, it institutionalizes freedom. Voting is a precious right.
The attitude of talking down from a pulpit of obscurant elitism, a kind of I-know-what-is-best-for-you, has again been on display after Brexit. As if democracy is a tool for specific agenda.
JU incident is also a manifestation of the turf war that is taking place right now between the Right, which has political power but lacks the intellectual heft and Left, which shall not cede an inch of space.
Ramachandra Guha says worry about the environment and public education instead. In addition, some of us wonder why JNU was attacked in the first place if not for objective and quite democratic critiques of the Modi government. We must not wait for the endgame, to first declare it.
Is India truly liberal? Has reservation policy really helped those for whom it was meant? Is there any space for liberal politics? Is religious and cultural freedom in India too little? Many such questions came up during brainstorming sessions at a day-long seminar on ‘Liberalism in India: Past, Present and Future’ in Delhi on Friday.
One of the depressing realities of the Paris terror killings at Charlie Hebdo is this: no matter what liberal societies do, the terrorist usually wins.
Terrorists are marching ahead because they are succeeding in making all of us attack our long-held faith in tolerance, non-violence and the tenet of universal brotherhood and equality.
For Obama, who has grown resentful of his diminished political standing, the prospect of reaching accords with a Republican-led Congress is a consolation prize that could help salvage his flailing second term.
Classical liberalism of the Enlightenment was a reaction to authoritarianism, arbitrary laws, overbearing communities, and rigid dogma; but communitarians today are reacting to the undue emphasis on the rights of the egocentric individual.
In India there is no such Right-wing party and no such monochromatic Right-wing view. Here small government and private enterprise co-exist with collective action, revolutions against social oppression and hierarchy.
The reason why Indians look less liberal than they actually are is because the illiberal fringe is more active in its decline phase