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The Hindutva project

Distorting history, manufacturing culture

A Naga sadhu at the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar in March 2010. The Naga sadhus had led an armed march in 1966 to Parliament House demanding a ban on the slaughter of cows, which resulted in extensive violence and stringent police action.

Moral policing

Space for love

Hindutva activists argue with participants in the

Politics of meat-eating

Messing with food habits

A demonstration organised by the Gau Raksha Samiti demanding cow protection, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on May 31.

Economic vision

In the name of Nehru

Congress president Sonia Gandhi, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the celebrations in New Delhi on November 14, Nehru's 125th birth anniversary. Unable or unwilling to revive the Nehruvian agenda, the Congress, from the 1990s, looked for softer options of relying on and leveraging foreign capital.

Diplomacy

The middle path

September 2, 1961: Jawaharlal Nehru addressing the first Non-Aligned Summit Conference in Belgrade.

Modern nationhood

A vision for India

January 24, 1950: Nehru signing India's Constitution at the final session of the Constituent Assembly. He established the democratic ethos, the democratic institutions and the democratic practices that other powerful leaders of newly independent countries found so easy to abandon.

From Nehru to his Chief Ministers

Letters for a nation

1948: Jawaharlal Nehru announces Gandhi's assassination to a crying crowd.

Saffronising education

Twisted texts

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is welcomeed by Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani on Teachers' Day in New Delhi on September 5. In the name of reforms, the government wants to fill up top educational posts with people ideologically acceptable to it.

Xenophobia

Targeting ‘the Other’

Students from the north-eastern States stage a protest in New Delhi against the killing of Richard Loitam, a student from Manipur, at the NAV School of Architecture in Bangalore. A file picture.

Nehru's legacy: Development plan

Development model

1950: Nehru signing the First Five Year Plan (1951-56) document.

Imagining the nation

Science as solution

April 21, 1956: Nehru addressing students at the first convocation of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

Opinion

Failed ideas

1948: Just after the police action in Hyderabad state, Nehru on a visit to the Nizam (centre) during the regime of the military government headed by Major General J.N. Chaudhuri (right).

Idea of secularism

Secular, above all

March 1947: Jawaharlal Nehru, Vice-President of the Interim Government of India, visiting the riot affected city of Multan, in undivided Punjab along with Dr Gopichand Bhargava, the Chief Minister of Punjab.

Extracts from EMS' book

The Gandhi-Nehru legacy

An Undated photo of Mahatma Gandhi in conversation with Jawaharlal Nehru at the Howrah station. From being a radical
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