Gurpreet Mahajan The Indian Express Group

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The distance to Delhi

Wednesday 26 December '12

Even as Narendra Modi sets his sights on the prime minister’s office, democracy may play spoilsport
Studying the varsity

Monday 3 December '12

Research is also taking place outside, but the university’s contribution to a democratic culture cannot be ignored
Minority report

Friday 21 December '07

This week the Punjab and Haryana High Court ruled that Sikhs cannot be considered a ‘minority’ in Punjab...
The frailty of reason

Tuesday 3 April '07

Should intellectuals be completely distanced from seats of power? Isn’t political engagement necessary and desirable in a democracy? Does the problem lie with the ethic that infuses both political and...
Secularism, ours and theirs

Saturday 10 March '07

Two ways — Indian and French — of conceptualising the relationship between religion and the state were framed in a recent workshop in the Capital. Gurpreet Mahajan takes stock of the encounter
Let them have Games

Saturday 24 February '07

Good governance is not simply a requirement of decent life; it is the condition of our obligation to the state. Why must Delhi wait for the Commonwealth Games to get a modern traffic signal system?
Citizenship Day

Friday 26 January '07

Republic Day requires a show dedicated not to the grandeur of the state but to the majesty of the citizens. It requires a salute to civic liberty and deliberative citizenship
Everyman’s justice

Saturday 30 December '06

Here’s a thought for 2007: Sometimes a positive expression of collective solidarity can give us reason to reflect on the vulnerability of our democratic system


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Pratap Bhanu MehtaYou, the UPA, destroyed roads, airlines, power, education, industry, employment… you rocked the financial boat, you came for freedom, you legitimised being corrupt. But we did not speak out. Remember, we do have the vote. Pratap Bhanu Mehta While we were silent, July 11 Comments
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Pawan KheraReally, Mr Mehta? Much that I enjoy your sophomoric enthusiasm, your assertions are hurried and inaccurate. The UPA didn't aim to silence people. The UPA heard what the people spoke. Pawan Khera Imagining a silence, missing the point, July 19 Comments
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Shekhar GuptaNever in India's history has the economic discourse been so one-sided. Povertarianism, has become a part of our holy national consensus. Shekhar Gupta National Interest: The deformists, July 20 Comments
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Shashi TharoorI respect Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Shekhar Gupta, but find their diatribes sweepingly denunciatory. They have failed to notice today's India boasts a thriving, entrepreneurial and globalised economy. Shashi Tharoor Note to UPA-bashers, July 23 Comments
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Shashi TharoorPawan Khera and Shashi Tharoor's defence of the UPA, as rejoinders to articles by Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Shekhar Gupta, displays how political sycophancy can distort perception. They are written to ensure their status in the party. Madhu Trehan A people in despair, a government in wonderland Comments
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