Three thoughts for the Republic

On justice, trade for security and ending competitive intolerance

For reflection on Republic Day: No turns in justice; Security lies in trade; on putting an end to competitive intolerance;

Related Links: Three thoughts on Independence Day 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 & on Republic Day 2007, 2006, 2005

Indian ‘liberals’ must become more Liberal

But things might be turning out as Raj Cherubal predicted in this month’s issue of Pragati: the time has come for Indian ‘liberals’ to become more Liberal.

A kidnapped word can’t be held hostage any longer

For some levity, read this op-ed by a certain Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr in DNA.

The other weakness in the liberals’ crusade against Modi was that they saw his market-friendly, reformist economic agenda as anti-poor and anti-minority. They did not reckon with the fact that the poor and the minorities, who wear no ideological blinkers, are willing to embrace the market to improve their lives. The poor are not natural socialists, a mistaken notion in the minds of radical bourgeoisie.

The liberals may have to abandon their unconscious socialism and pathetic secularism, and to stand up for the rights of individuals to believe and not believe in religion, to believe and not believe in nationalism. Believers in religion, nationalism and market economics are not to be shunned as reactionaries. [DNA]

Reminds you of Amit Varma’s complaint. But things might be turning out as Raj Cherubal predicted in this month’s issue of Pragati