Does Gandhi have a caste?A take on the chatur baniya comment.

Recently, in a political discourse, a high-end political entity called Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi alias Mahatma Gandhi inter alia Bapu, as a chatur baniya. Although highly uncalled for, this ragged statement was highly prerogative. But if not taken in its literal sense, was it wrong? “In March 1922”, as quoted by Ramchandra Guha- “Gandhi was arrested on charges of sedition. When he was produced in the court, the magistrate, as per the law then prevalent, asked him to identify himself by caste or profession. Gandhi answered ‘a farmer and a weaver’ ”. Gandhi indeed was born in a baniya family, and … Continue reading Does Gandhi have a caste?A take on the chatur baniya comment.

The need to bring politics, business, and science together (pun)

There is an urgent need to bring politics, business, and science together in the times of de-globalisation. One wonders if we might ever appoint a businessman as our top diplomat. Imagine Mukesh Ambani Sharad Pawar (India’s richest man), running India’s diplomatic business and sitting in the cabinet committee. Quite unlikely! The bonafide and powerful argument is that businessmen would bring their “narrow commercial interest” to national governance that ought to perform for public good. Taking a cue from President Donald Trump in the U.S.A. … Our unwelcome attitude is not limited to businessmen. The powerful permanent bureaucracy is vary of allowing … Continue reading The need to bring politics, business, and science together (pun)