Anand Neelakantan

Make resolutions with an action plan

When we think about great success stories of Independent India, the first thing which comes to our mind is the Green Revolution.

12 Jan 2019

The need for shadow cabinets

One of the outstanding features of British Parliamentary system is the shadow cabinet.

22 Dec 2018

Wait for Uniform Civil Code should end 

The year is 1940. Fatima, a Muslim, and Sangeetha, a Hindu, are close friends.

08 Dec 2018

Why Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is struggling

Ninety-one years ago, the distasteful book Mother India was published by an American bigot, Katherine Mayo.

24 Nov 2018

Idols Tower Over Administrative Skill

Recently, the world’s tallest statue was inaugurated in Gujarat.

10 Nov 2018

Time to ring in democracy in temples

A desperate political party is trying to fish in the troubled waters, while the Opposition doesn’t know which side to take.

27 Oct 2018

Localising History will Help it Grow

A sense of history could be a great asset.

13 Oct 2018

Missing in India: A Hindu liberal party

It would be prudent to analyse our political spectrum to find out why we reached this stage of anarchy ...

29 Sep 2018

Vegetarianism is compassion, not politics

Recently, I was called for a panel discussion on a national channel.

14 Sep 2018

Is India Really a Spiritual Civilisation?

Indians take pride in calling themselves spiritual. The upper middle class is never tired of speaking of the dizzying heights of philosophy reached by the Vedas and Upanishads without reading even a page of any such books. Any adverse comparison of India with other countries would be met with a ‘oh, but we

30 Aug 2018

Destructive catharsis of restoration

From local fisherman to the armed forces, to social media-savvy youth and the state government machinery, all stood by Kerala in its time of need. 

25 Aug 2018

Let’s Rid Ourselves of Colonised Mindset

Recently, one of the famous publishers tweeted, ‘So when Shakespeare was writing, who was writing in India’.

16 Aug 2018

Dharma’s Judeo-Christian view

The ever-changing dharma of Hinduism hardly depends on any religious text, including the Vedas. It doesn’t depend even on gods.

11 Aug 2018

Lifting Sabarimala Ban is Common Sense

As per the tradition, the deity in Sabarimala, Swami Ayyappa, is a Naishtika Brahmachari, the one who observes staunch celibacy.

04 Aug 2018

Our champions may not ‘spek’ fluent english, but they are still shining stars

Eighteen-year-old Hima Das, daughter of a farmer from Kandhulimari village of Assam, made India proud by winning the gold in the 400 m final at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships.

21 Jul 2018