India and the Indian: Western theories of nationhood don't capture country's complex realities, writes Samrat
The Indian of today includes the unknown woman from the uncontacted tribe of the Sentinelese in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands but it also includes the actress Kalki Koechlin, who is an Indian of French origin. Neither of them is the stereotypical Indian, but both of them are equally Indian
Amitav Ghosh says Jnanpith award recognises 'trust, affection that arises between writers and readers' communities'
We are living in a time when writers are increasingly beleaguered, embattled and marginalized. Around the world, everywhere we look, there is a closing of minds, a narrowing of horizons, and a palpable fear of the future, says Amitav Ghosh.
Jordan's King Abdullah II visits India: Narendra Modi asks youth to associate with 'humanitarian aspects of Islam'
Narendra Modi said India's youth should associate themselves with the humanitarian aspects of Islam and be able to use modern technology at the same time.
In a conversation with Firstpost, Shashi Tharoor said that in India, secularism is intended to mean respect for all faiths, where the government doesn't privilege any one of them. | #FirstCulture
Speaking at the India Ideas Conclave, MJ Akbar contended that faith-based terrorism challenges the concept of a nation-state and presents an existential challenge
Hailing the special relationship that US and India share, former US president Barack Obama opened the day two of the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2017 in New Delhi on Friday.
Full text of Hamid Ansari's final speech as vice-president: Why pluralism and secularism are essential for our democracy
In his final speech as vice-president, Hamid Ansari said the challenge today is to reiterate and rejuvenate secularism's basic principles.
Pranab Mukherjee emphasises need for pluralism, tolerance, education in last address to nation as President
Stressing the need for "pluralism and tolerance" Pranab Mukherjee said the capacity for compassion and empathy was the "true foundation" of the country's civilisation.
After The Economist writes on BJP's Bihar loss, PM Modi writes of India's 'social strengths' in special issue
Against the backdrop of the "intolerance" debate, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that India has tremendous social strengths, including pluralism.
Amidst a wave of rising intolerance, President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday expressed serious apprehensions over whether tolerance and acceptance of dissent are on the wane in the country.
India lashed out at Pakistan for lecturing it on pluralism after Pak expressed concern over attempts to disrupt functions of its prominent personalities.
India's fake secularism is on its last legs. In the 2014 general elections, it has ensured communal polarisation - exactly the opposite of what secularism is supposed to achieve.
Ghosh expressed his 'horror' at the way Hindu nationalism had transformed faith into politics. "I see no piety in it, no genuine love of spiritual attainment. Such an intense tradition in Hinduism is actually bhakti - love.