For the past two decades the narrative built around globalisation is of: integration of businesses, ideas & societies. That collaboration in various human endeavours can solve larger issues of poverty, diseases, joblessness & abject living conditions for innumerable people is now hard-wired in our brains. The institutionalization of New Economic Policy (NEP) in 1991 was … Continue reading The Demon Of Globalisation: Enter the Post-truth India
Sadly, the policies pursued by state governments in the states like Jharkhand & Chhattisgarh are inimical to the substantial Adivasi populations there.
Beyond the rise of the right wing & Modi; a global pariah for much of his tenure as the CM of Gujarat for his controversial role in the infamous anti-Muslim pogrom of 2002, there’s an alternate discourse that too requires popular attention. The 2014 elections were also the culmination of a series of events that … Continue reading India’s GOP In Disarray:From Indira To Sonia
As I begin writing this, it has been nearly one & a half month since; PM Modi in a ‘historic’ address to the nation obliterated nearly 86% of the currency in circulation. The move is certainly historic & at the expense of sounding a bit dramatic; unprecedented. Certainly, there is no known historical parallel that … Continue reading The Great Indian ‘DEMON’etization
That religious chauvinism is very much a part of Indian psyche could hardly be debated. With the ascendance of Modi led ‘Hindu Nationalist’ government at the centre & its repeated condoning of heinous acts of Right- wing zealots accentuates a tactical understanding between the regime & their handymen. Clamp down on dissent across University campuses, … Continue reading Trying Times: The Othering Of Muslims In India
How to better understand the malaise that’s nationalism? Consider this; a formerly high ranking minister in one of India’s prosperous state is convicted of inciting & leading a blood thirsty mob across the streets of a slum. What followed was absolute savagery; people were maimed, killed & raped with impunity as the administration turned a … Continue reading Trying Times: The Malaise That Is Nationalism
I’d be starting a new column under the rubric ‘Daily Takes’ which is to deal with everyday issues. Every alternate day, one national & an equally significant international issue would appear. The column would be crisp & concise; sticking to a word limit of 500. Keep a watch on this space. Hoping everyone enjoys it!
One of the glaring flaws of democracy is, many a times 'popular sentiment' ends up hijacking relevant issues of poverty, education & job creation. In nations like India hamstrung by 'policy paralysis' of successive governments, popular sentiments can easily turn insidious. They are often put to use by beleaguered governments to cozen the masses as … Continue reading What’s In The Identity?
As the nation coasts through the upheaval post liberalization & implementation of New Economic Policy in 1991, a new breed of urban middle class rises. It is well versed with the nuances of west: liberalism, free market policy & lassiez- faire theory. It fiercely espouses the view that people irrespective of their social standing must … Continue reading Reservation: Why The Nation Still Needs It?
As the ‘Ram Janambhoomi Movement’ began gathering steam in 80’s propelling BJP led coalition government to power after a series of communal riots across the nation. Muslims of India would develop a sort of paranoia towards Right wing political entities. In the 90’s as the communal cauldron simmered Muslims would tread on the devious path … Continue reading Muslims & The Dangerous Game Of Ideological Warfare