That the marginalized in India are increasingly feeling restless. This isn’t a hyperbole it’s the stark reality of the times we live in.
We live in an age where the media loves to toe the government line & serves as an extended propaganda tool for the ruling dispensation.
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
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
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
Hang on tight as I delineate this: As a kid, I grew up listening to his speeches & as you’d guess it, I was actually quite impressed with his style, wit & rhetoric. He has his own style of quoting from plethora of religious texts; from Quran to Bible & Bhagwat Gita. As I grew, … Continue reading Daily Takes: Swooping On Zakir Naik
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
National The Supreme Court restores Nabam Tuki led Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh. The Constitution bench remarked; the Governor overstepped his mandate in delegitimizing the state government. This is the second instance following the Uttarakhand fiasco where the Central government’s dealings with an opposition state was found unwarranted by the Apex court. The way ‘co-operative’ … Continue reading Daily Takes: Faith Restored & The Coup That Was Long In The Making
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?
One fine day a man asked of an old ascetic, "Why do two people think so differently?" The seer replied, "The difference is in the eyes my child. And how you see depends on your experience with life..." We live in an age of information glut. One click, a couple of swipes and you become … Continue reading The landscape of Opinions in India