Gandhi – who India still reveres deeply – floated up in public memory recently when the contemporary Indian press and some middle-class Indians had hallucinating glimpses of him in rural activist Anna Hazare, who launched a Gandhi-style protest against high-level corruption. Read more

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My two eyes, Gandhi called Hindus and Muslims. Like Icarus, who flew so close to the sun on wings of wax that he fell, Gandhi would go so far chasing unity, he would fall to bullets.

Had it been set in Delhi’s Birla House instead of Dublin, the opening of Irish novelist Edna O’Brien’s biography of James Joyce would have been equally true of Gandhi: Read more

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In the hurly-burly of reactions to the hate speeches attributed to BJP leader Varun Gandhi, something has been missing: the return fire. So far, reactionary Muslim leaders have been far more restrained than is usually seen of them. To me, this silence is golden. To me, this is good news that nobody flashed, for only bad news is good news for the media that milk discords. Read more

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