The Naxalbari movement was a continuation of the nationally revered Champaran satyagraha of 1917, argues Dipankar Bhattacharya in Outlook magazine.
Assembly elections: In the Indian Express, Leena Misra explains why Patidar leader Hardik Patel is drawing such crowds in Gujarat.
Pogroms in republican India don’t hurt the parties that organise them. They help their cause, writes Mukul Kesavan in the Telegraph.
Mandatory versus voluntary patriotism: Following JRD Tata, we should make our patriotism deep and substantial, rather than cheap and jingoistic, argues Ramachandra Guha in the Hindustan Times.
Dadabhai Naoroji, the first Indian elected to the UK House of Commons, lent his energies to causes as diverse as the women’s suffrage movement and Indian self-rule, writes Manu Pillai in the Mint.
How Kipling helped quell an Indian mutiny in First World War trenches, writes Jamie Doward in the Guardian.
Ta-Nehisi Coates’ We Were Eight Years in Power fleshes out White supremacy not as a political ideology, but as the defining feature of the US polity – its essential nature, writes Melvin Rogers in the Boston Review.
Like nationality, the identification with an inside group, to the exclusion of others on the outside, is essential to all religions, argues Time Crane in the Times Literary Supplement.
The web began dying in 2014, argues Andre Staltz. It was originally a peer-to-peer network with no dependency on a singly part – but now the dominance of Facebook, Amazon and Google threaten that aim.
Why Einstein just got ranked as history’s greatest hero, explains Brian Gallagher in Nautilus.
Academic philosophy in the West ignores and disdains the thought traditions of China, India and Africa. This must change, argues Nigel Warburton in Aeon.
Writing in the New Yorker, Alex Wellerstein remembers Laika, space dog and Soviet hero.
In the mammoth Jack Ryan series, Tom Clancy creates a compelling protagonist who is as cerebral as he is action-oriented.
Jack Ryan (Ph.D., CPA, KCVO) has had an eventful life. He’s served as a marine, made a fortune worth millions after retirement from the military, earned a doctorate degree in history and beaten up a lot of bad guys along the way. He is a unique action hero, in that he has also been a US Marine, an investment broker, a history teacher, a CIA analyst rising to Deputy Director, National Security Advisor, vice president and eventually the President of the United States of America! This multipotentialite is the protagonist of Tom Clancy’s ‘Ryanverse’ - the term used to refer to the fictional universe he built over 10 books.
Jack Ryan is a complex hero. Before he was beating up bad guys Hollywood-style, he also took a year to learn to walk again and battled painkiller addiction. Before he became the POTUS, jet-setting around the world on official matters, he nursed a crushing phobia of flying. A reluctant president, he nonetheless campaigns for a second term and even has foreign policy named after him - the ‘Ryan Doctrine’- in the tradition of some past US presidents.
Other prominent characters in Ryanverse have equally rollercoaster-like story arcs. John Clark/Kelly - Ryan’s bodyguard - is tragedy’s favourite child, having lost his parents in childhood and later wife. After a whirlwind adventure involving two gunshots and 16 murders, John Kelly ended up having to change his identity to John Clark. He, unlike Ryan, has an unusually strong aversion to drugs.
In the later books, Tom Clancy also devotes space to Jack Ryan Jr, who takes after his father more ways than one. An intelligence analyst by profession, Jack Jr, too, is adept in firearms, close-quarter combat, surveillance and espionage. Jack Jr has a tumultuous relationship with his girlfriend, a CIA operative herself, with whom he parts after she’s revealed to be an indirect intelligence asset.
Ryanverse is replete with scores of characters of all shades - spies, soldiers, terrorists, politicians and criminals - that set in motion events that threaten the course of world order. Clancy’s varied interests and love for research culminates in an action series which also explores history, politics, international relations and the human condition, especially when it comes to loss and grief. All his prominent characters are fighting some personal demons even as they chase down enemies that are equally complex.
Ryanverse’s charismatic leading man has also been the focus of five Hollywood films. Actors Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine have all portrayed the iconic character at various stages of his career. Now, John Krasinski takes up the role in Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, playing a gifted-analyst-turned-reluctant-action-hero thrown into a global terrorism conspiracy. Watch the trailer of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan below.
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