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  • David Washbrook, Research Professor in South Asian History, Trinity College, Cambridge, U.K. Photo: M. Moorthy

    Interview

    A Modern Secularism Crucial for India's Progress: David Washbrook

    V.S. Sambandan and A.R. Venkatachalapathy

    A leading British historian of colonial south India, David Washbrook, Research Professor in South Asian History, Trinity College, Cambridge, U.K., sees India at a crossroads with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) heading the Union government.

    In an interview withV.S. Sambandan during a recent visit to Chennai, he shares his views on the decline of Nehruvian secularism, the need for a modern version to counter Hindutva and the prospects of the BJP in Tamil Nadu. Excerpts from the interview held on Dec. 9, 2014:

Kashmiris stand in queue to cast their vote at Shadipora. Photo : AP

Jammu and Kashmir

Polls in the Time of Terror

Sheikh Saleem and Vasundhara Sirnate

The December 6 attack by militants in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), during the Assembly elections that have so far witnessed high turnouts, has thrown the spotlight on the dynamics of an insurgent ploy – the call to boycott polls in an attempt to depress voter turnout ahead of the remaining phases of polls.
Former national spokesperson of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Ram Madhav, recently inducted into the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as a general secretary, is considered to be a confidant of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah. Excerpts from a telephone interview with Bharti Mishra Nath, a former Public Policy Scholar at The Hindu Centre.