Ramachandra Guha: महान गांधीवादी की स्मृति, गांधी जी के सचिव महादेव देसाई की कहानी / Remembering the Greatest Gandhian

महात्मा गांधी के सचिव महादेव देसाई का 15 अगस्त, 1942 को निधन हो गया। अपने अंतिम दिनों में जब गांधी को एक ओर हिंदू-मुसलमान तनाव को दूर करने और दूसरी ओर नेहरू और पटेल की बढ़ती दूरियों को कम करने के प्रयास करने पड़ रहे थे, तब उन्होंने कहा था कि महादेव होते तो यह नौबत नहीं आती। सारे भारतीयों की तरह मैं भी यह सोचते हुआ बड़ा हुआ कि 15 अगस्त वह दिन है, 1947 में जिस दिन स्वतंत्र भारत की पहली सरकार ने शपथ ली थी। हालांकि हाल के वर्षों में इस दिन ने मेरे लिए एक अलग मायने दिए हैं, जिसका पहले से संबंध नहीं है।

एक बात हमेशा ज़हन में सवाल खड़े करती है 

मेरी चेतना में 15 अगस्त, 1947 के साथ 15 अगस्त, 1942 भी जुड़ चुका है, जिस दिन जेल में महादेव देसाई का निधन हुआ था। उनके योगदान के बिना भारत शायद कभी ब्रिटिश राज से मुक्त नहीं हो पाता, और फिर भी इस महान देशभक्त और स्वतंत्रता सेनानी को आज तक वह सम्मान नहीं मिला, जिसके वह हकदार थे।…


Dennis Dalton – Gandhi During Partition: A Case Study in the Nature of Satyagraha

Love at Work: Mahatma Gandhi’s Last Struggle

Remembering the Greatest Gandhian

Like all other Indians, I grew up thinking of August 15 as the day when, back in 1947, the first government of independent India was sworn into office. However, in recent years the day has acquired for me another meaning, not unrelated to the first. In my consciousness, August 15, 1947, has been joined by August 15, 1942, which is the day that Mahadev Desai died in prison. Without his contributions, India might never have become free of British rule at all, and yet this great patriot and freedom fighter remains largely unhonoured today.

Perhaps he would have wanted it that way. From the time he joined Gandhi in Ahmedabad in 1917 until his death in the Aga Khan Palace a quarter of a century later, Mahadev entirely submerged himself in the service of the Mahatma. He was Gandhi’s secretary, typist, translator, counsellor, courier, interlocutor, trouble-shooter and much more. He even cooked for his Master, his khichdi in particular attracting Gandhi’s praise…


एक बात हमेशा ज़हन में सवाल खड़े करती है A question that stays with me… / Ravish Kumar’s Speech at Berkeley (2019)

Defying capitalism and socialism, Kumarappa and Gandhi had imagined a decentralised Indian economy – Venu Madhav Govindu & Deepak Malghan

Kumarappa was a greater economist than Dr Sen: Dr Mark Lindley

Soutik Biswas: Rare pictures of the last 10 years of Gandhi’s life

Bapu tujhko salaam

एक बात हमेशा ज़हन में सवाल खड़े करती है A question that stays with me… / Ravish Kumar’s Speech at Berkeley (2019)

Ramachandra Guha: Gandhi said RSS was ‘communal with a totalitarian outlook’ – and that’s still true


Anil Nauriya: The making of Gandhi in South Africa and after

Martin Luther King on Mahatma Gandhi: “My Pilgrimage to Nonviolence”, September 1958

Do our leaders want to certify political assassination?

ANIL NAURIYA: Manufacturing Memory

Ayush Chaturvedi: Main Gandhi ke saath hun // Samar Halarnkar: In the time of Godse, a search for Hindus who will stand with Gandhi

The Assassination of Mahatma Gandhi: Inquiry Commission Report (1969)

The Abolition of truth

নিজেদের মতে , নিজেদের গান l Citizens United!

The music of humanity

A White Line and a Mosque

The Futility of Common Sense: An Essay on Ahimsa

“Remember Gandhi. Remember what we did to him

RSS Declared Unlawful: Text of GOI communique February 4, 1948

Smruti Koppikar – Maharashtra CM has no will to pursue my father’s murder

Petition in Supreme Court Accuses NIA of Soft-Pedaling Hindutva Terror Cases

After Malegaon, Ajmer Blast Case Faces Allegations of Sabotage // Witnesses turn hostile in Samjhauta case

Read about the alterations made by the NDA government in Gandhi’s collected works. Hundreds of whimsical deletions and changes were noticed by well-known scholars & Gandhians in India and around the world, who viewed them as an insult to scholarship, and demanded an end to such attempts to play with historical documents. Here’s the history of the controversy. Tridip Suhrud, now director of Sabarmati Ashram, wrote a detailed analysis of this shameless behaviour in EPW in November 2004. It was only after the defeat of the NDA government that the fraudulently ‘revised’ edition of the CWMG was withdrawn, in 2005.

Rabindranath Tagore’s essay on the cult of the nation

The Philosophy of Number

Sabyasachi Bhattacharya – Antinomies of Nationalism and Rabindranath Tagore

Modi says Congress committed ‘sin’ of partition // The Non-politics of the RSS