Sandhya Jain

Sandhya Jain is an author, independent researcher, and writer of political and contemporary affairs. Jain is a post graduate in Political Science from Delhi University and has had over three decades of experience as a professional journalist.

New agricultural paradigm

The over-hyped green revolution of the late 1960s introduced varieties of dwarf rice and wheat in northern India, with a cocktail of chemical fertilisers and pesticides that sucked up ground water and gradually made it unfit for drinking as the chemicals leached into the soil and water. State-sponsored propaganda about “miraculous yields” extended the phenomenon […]Read More

Lessons from COVID

A stark lesson from the resurgent COVID-19 virus is that India cannot continue to treat its rural areas with the benign neglect of the past seven decades; the need for an equal health infrastructure from village to district, town, city, to metropolis is imperative. The pandemic has swept aside the post-1947 patronizing belief that the […]Read More

Changing & Corrupting History

Some months before he died in February 1980, R.C. Majumdar recalled how the veteran freedom fighter K.M. Munshi “believed that a government sponsored institution can never document history in an honest manner. I realized this truth in the later years. The federal government built an editorial board to document India’s freedom struggle with me as […]Read More

Tasteless Diatribe against a Hero

Having purchased and read James Laine’s Shivaji: Hindu King in Islamic India only after it was officially withdrawn by the publishers, I cannot view the events at the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (BORI) as totally unjustified. Certainly, attacks on centres of learning have no place in Hindu ethos and must not recur. Yet, having gone through 105 […]Read More

Marxist history’s Pakistani perspective

In September 2000, eminent Pakistani historian Mubarak Ali wrote an article, “How Many Qasims, Ghaznavis, and Ghoris Do We Need?” analyzing the valorization of Arabs and Turks who ravished the land that is now Pakistan, in school textbooks. Ali observed that Muhammad bin Qasim, Mahmud of Ghazni and Shihabuddin Ghori emerged as powerful symbols in […]Read More

Footprints in an Earthly Paradise

But soon a wonder came to light, That showed the rogues they lied: The man recovered from the bite, The dog it was that died. – Oliver Goldsmith, Elegy Either by instinct or consensus, India’s uniquely secular national press simply ignored the discovery of a broken pillar with a lotus carving at the site of the […]Read More

Criminal Law, Secular Yardstick

There is simply no honest way to avoid stating the bald truth that the common citizen today feels that his sense of justice, decency and fair play have been violated by the very organs of state entrusted with upholding decorum in public life. Prejudiced by a campaign orchestrated by a section of the media and […]Read More

Cow is the symbol of consciousness

Marxism is the most aggressive of the monocultures seeking to decimate India’s unique civilization, because it has no genuine creed, no core values, of its own. Hence it lacks a sense of the sacred or even the ethical, and relies wholly on the vitality of violence to achieve its ends. Yet even by the debased […]Read More

Hindu Gods & Gospel Untruths

A leading newspaper just performed a sterling service by publishing a photograph of the “Ganesh chappals” that have so enraged the Hindu-Indian community in America. Without the photograph, it would have been difficult for people in this part of the world to envisage how something so deeply offensive could have been contemplated and executed with […]Read More