Democracy demands that a leader listens, learns, takes questions, and answers them. When the people are polarised, they too must take to listening to one another, to members of another community or another persuasion, so that knowledge is gained and opinion is corrected.
Lou Anna Simon, president of Michigan State University, where Rajmohan Gandhi has served this fall as a Distinguished Hannah Visiting Professor, awarded him 'the honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities' as part of the university's fall commencement ceremonies in East Lansing, MI. on December 17, 2016.
Part of the citation addressed to Rajmohan reads: "For more than half a century, you have been associated with Initiatives of Change, a group committed to trust-building, reconciliation and democracy."
"India needs to recall its first prime minister for his love and passion for personal liberty," says Rajmohan Gandhi in the Indian Express.
"Calm down," writes Rajmohan Gandhi in The Indidan Express. "This is a time of surgical strikes, hysteria, hostility to dissent. Why frankness, debate, questioning must follow."
Provided it remains honest and mutually respectful, interaction between common people across the divide can only help, writes Rajmohan Gandhi in The Economic Times.
The impression that persons in authority in India regard Muslims as less than equal, and not entitled to personal liberty, is now a major obstacle on the country’s path to global influence, writes Rajmohan Gandhi in The Tribune.
"Drop the stone…," writes Rajmohan Gandhi in The Indian Express, "because, to embarrass the rest of us into caring, Kashmiris must use fresh methods, free of radical Islam, free of violence."
As the world frets about Chinese growth, it would be useful to reflect on Chinese resilience, says Rajmohan Gandhi in an article in 'The Economic Times'.
In this thought-provoking new book, award-winning biographer and historian Rajmohan Gandhi sets the record straight on the founding fathers as well as their great opponent, Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Along the way, he answers questions of perennial interest—Who was really responsible for Partition? Were Gandhi and Ambedkar enemies? Did the Mahatma weaken the country’s Hindus? Was he anti-Muslim? Should India have been a Hindu Rashtra? Could the Kashmir issue have been dealt with differently? Would Bose and Patel have led the independent nation better than Gandhi and Nehru?