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FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
SANATANA DHARMA VS HINDUISM
Naidu in a Tight Corner
CAN THE E-RUPEE WORK?
A DIFFERENT POWER STRUGGLE
A DROUGHT WITHOUT RELIEF
Reclaiming Her Constituency
A Close Watch
ACT OF ATONEMENT?
Son vs Son-in-law
GENDER NEUTRAL FROM TOPMAST
INTO THE SUNSET
The Mogul of Mirth • A genie who lit up our pages, and our lives, with pure levity—and a keen vision
FROM BHARAT – THAT IS INDIA TO BHARAT VS INDIA?
AN ACRONYM AND A COUNTER • AS THE RULING BJP’S ‘BHARAT’ MOVE CROSSES SWORDS WITH THE OPPOSITION’S ‘INDIA’ ALLIANCE, ALL EYES ARE ON THE BIG PRIZE—THE 2024 GENERAL ELECTION
FOREVER INDIA • WE SHOULD CONTINUE TO USE BOTH INDIA AND BHARAT RATHER THAN RELINQUISH OUR CLAIM TO A NAME REDOLENT OF HISTORY, A NAME THAT IS RECOGNISED AROUND THE WORLD
THE MAKING OF BHARATAVARSHA • THE RIG VEDA TELLS US HOW THE BHARATA TRIBE BUILT INDIA’S FIRST KNOWN EMPIRE AND CREATED A MODEL OF ASSIMILATION RATHER THAN IMPOSITION. THUS, THEY CAME TO LEND THEIR NAME TO A WHOLE CIVILISATION
A QUESTION OF PROPRIETY • THE USE OF BHARAT AT THE G20 SUMMIT OUGHT NOT TO HAVE BEEN DONE WHEN OUR CONSTITUTIONAL ENGLISH NAME CONTINUES TO BE INDIA
CALL ME BY BOTH NAMES • ‘INDIA’, ‘BHARAT’ AND ‘HINDUSTAN’ HAVE FOR LONG BEEN USED INTER CHANGEABLY AND HAVE A LONGER HISTORY THAN ANYONE CAN REMEMBER. WHY RAKE UP THE MATTER NOW?
INDIA, AS SPOKEN ON ITS EDGES • ‘INDIA’ TAPS INTO A MUCH OLDER STRAND IN MALAYALAM. IT’S ONLY WELL INTO THE 20TH CENTURY THAT ‘BHARATHAM’ CAME INTO FORMAL USE. EVEN NOW, IT’S NOT QUITE PART OF COMMON SPEECH
BHARAT, SYMBOL OF BRUTE POWER • ‘INDIA’, AN INCLUSIVE TERM, EMBODIES OUR SOCIAL, SPIRITUAL AND CIVILISATIONAL ROOTS. ‘BHARAT’ HAS DRUNK DEEPLY OF SANATAN DHARMA’S BRUTAL BREW OF CASTE, RACE AND MASCULINITY. DALITS/ADIVASIS MUST OPPOSE ITS ADOPTION
UNANIMITY ON ‘BHARAT’ IS KEY NOW • BY NO STRETCH OF IMAGINATION IS THE MODI GOVERNMENT THE FIRST TO USE THE NAME BHARAT INSTEAD OF INDIA
BRAND NEW INDIA • FROM INCREDIBLE INDIA IN 2002 TO DIGITAL INDIA NOW, BRAND INDIA EMERGED AS AN INFLUENTIAL LOCUS OF INTERACTION WITH THE WORLD AND THE NATIONO
WHAT’S IN A NAME? • HAD INDIA’S BIGGEST UNITERS—FILMS AND FILM MUSIC—FANCIED ONE NAME OVER THE OTHER, WHAT WOULD BECOME OF MOTHER INDIA, OR RAJA HINDUSTANI, OR BHARAT EK KHOJ?
THE EMERGING GLOBAL ORDER • THE INDIAN G20 PRESIDENCY SCORED IN SYMBOLISM AND IN SUBSTANCE BY BECOMING THE EMPHATIC VOICE OF THE GLOBAL SOUTH. DESPITE THE GEOPOLITICAL DIVIDE, PUSHING FOR THE GLOBAL COMMON GOOD TO ACHIEVE OUTCOMES IS THE WAY FORWARD
INDIA G20 THE BIG BREAKTHROUGHS • The G20 New Delhi Leaders’ Declaration achieved consensus on a wide variety of issues. Though admission of the African Union as a permanent member and consensus on the Ukraine conflict are being talked about the most, 73 outcomes were unanimously approved. In addition, India produced 39 presidency documents that became part of the annexures
GEHLOT’S LESSONS IN PROFLIGACY • Thousands of...