Independence Day

Was Partition Inevitable?

Roderick Matthews

It was about human frailty: stubbornness, inexperience and ambition

Reclaiming Sivaganga

Memories of the first resistance

Throwing out Secular Nehru with the Socialist Bathwater

The end of an idea that was Indian politics’ greatest contradiction

It’s Complicated

The Constitution tries to do too much. It needs to be made to do less

Independence Day: Resurgence

America still reigns supreme, though there are throwaway concessions with a few Chinese and African characters included

Editor’s Note

It is Narendra Modi moment as one of democracy’s most popular leaders to play out the script of the India Ideal: the liberal state rising from the last wreckage of the socialist mind. Freedom is about daring—and he should know


S Prasannarajan • Pratap Bhanu Mehta • Swapan Dasgupta • Shashi Tharoor • Tunku Varadarajan • Shiv Visvanathan • Priyamvada Gopal • TM Krishna • Ullekh NP • Madhavankutty Pillai • V Shoba • Aresh Shirali • Sonali Acharjee • Shreya Sethuraman


A political leadership that realises the sanctity of individual autonomy and the limits of the state is all the more relevant today

Liberators 2015

They are teachers and preachers, entrepreneurs and ecologists, students and dreamers. Their ideas make a difference in the life of others—for the better

Where the Mind Is with Fear

Our political and cultural freedoms began to be eroded from the day we became free


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