Within days after the US President Donald Trump’s visit to the Gulf monarchies the rift among Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members has only become nastier. Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen & the Libyan interim government have cut ties with Qatar. Only Kuwait & Oman still continue to maintain relations. What’s intriguing is the almost … Continue reading Explained: The Qatari Crisis & The Impending Political Realignment In The Mid-East
Come 15th August, India would mark its 71st Independence Day. That we as a nation have come a long way is an indisputable fact; a robust economy, a burgeoning middle- class & an aspirational youth that craves more opportunity are only a few among the long list of achievements of the world’s largest democracy. Still … Continue reading Fact Check: Why Vilifying Nehru Doesn’t Work
TITLE: AURANGZEB-The Man & The Myth AUTHOR: Audrey Truschke PUBLISHER: Penguin Random House India,2017 Audrey Truschke’s Aurangzeb-The Man & The Myth, is a brave take at reclaiming India’s medieval past from a heap of fabrications & outright lies that attempts to paint our entire history in binaries. A short biography of the 6th Mughal Emperor, … Continue reading Book Review: Aurangzeb- The Man & The Myth
The other day I stumbled upon something on Quora, someone had asked, “Why do we teach Mughal/Muslim history in India when they were actually foreign marauders? Shouldn’t we be teaching our own ancient history?” This set in motion a chain of thoughts inside me. Firstly, we teach history on the premise that, events closer to … Continue reading Revisiting Indian History: How History Ought To Be Taught
As the saying goes, “as you sow, so shall you reap”. Nearly, three years of economic mismanagement has finally begun to show up even in the fudged up GDP figures of the Modi government. Growth has fallen to a measly 6.1% over the Jan-March period. Three years back, the government devised a “new method” of … Continue reading The Economy Under Free fall: What The New GDP Numbers Mean
Along with Jinnah Savarkar was the other pillar of the two-nation theory, loved spewing venom & instigated young men to kill in the name of his vile ideology of exclusive nationalism. Most of these young men were quickly disowned by him once they had served their purpose. Curiously, Savarkar who’d sing eulogies in the name … Continue reading The Epitome Of Cowardice: Understanding “Veer” Savarkar
As it appears; the premise of the question is pretty flawed. To begin with; you’ve assumed that it’s incumbent on the Muslims of India to reach out to PM Modi, when in reality it’s the responsibility of the leaders to be all- inclusive & do away with suspicions (if any that may exist among people). … Continue reading How can the psyche of Muslims be changed towards Modi?
Plainly put: the fundamental premise of the pogrom was avenging the Godhra incident where karsevaks were allegedly killed by a Muslim mob. Militant Hindu organisations in collusion with the state (remember that cabinet ministers of the then Gujarat government are now serving sentence for orchestrating the genocide) maimed, killed & raped people who were overwhelming … Continue reading Why are 2002 riots projected as anti-Muslim riots and not as a painful incident where thousands of Indians lost their lives?
I remember those days when as a child, the first thing I’d wish to do on the Republic Day was to nag my parents until they took me to the bazaar to buy me the tricolor; the Indian flag. It became a twice a year ritual for much of my childhood & each time I’d … Continue reading This Republic Day Ponder A Little More
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