Category: Gandhi

  • Speaking Volumes: Bans and Banana Republics

    (Published in the Business Standard, April 5, 2011. Also read Salil Tripathi in The Daily Beast on India’s troubled history of limiting free speech.) At the height of the uproar over Joseph Lelyveld’s new biography of Gandhi, one question deserved to be asked: what would we do with a negative, critical biography of a revered […]

  • The BS column: The reading life: Gandhi, Ambedkar, Nehru

    (Published in the Business Standard, August 17, 2010) As another August 15 passes by, here’s a thought: what would our country have been like if the leaders of the freedom movement had not been readers? It’s easier to see them as writers. Mahatma Gandhi’s autobiographies, letters and other work have provided gainful occupation for thousands […]