The Indian Obamas and Nehru’s debt to Tagore!

Ram Guha asks:

What does the victory of Barack Obama mean for the present and future of Indian democracy? What lessons can Indians draw from his campaign for inclusiveness? Are there, can there be, Obama-like figures in Indian politics?

He begins his answer with Ambedkar:

Journalists must necessarily focus on the present and future, but as a historian, I am allowed to look at the past. The phenomenon of Barack Obama was, to some degree, anticipated in the similar rise from disadvantage and obscurity of B.R. Ambedkar.

Guha goes on to write about Nehru and Nitish Kumar. Take a look!

While we are on the topic of Nehru, what Nehru owed to Tagore is Guha’s theme for his latest column in the Hindu, which is a good read and the photo that accompanies the piece is very nice too. Have fun!

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