A small village in the hinterlands of Jharkhand “It’s simple child. You go there, pick up some coal, return & we pay you five rupees every day” said the stout middle-man, Vishnu beamingly. “So, children pick up your shovels & get to business we’ve enough work at hand” added Vishnu as he looked towards the … Continue reading The Black Diamond
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 political cauldron in India continues to simmer; the left pitted against the right, the centrists up in arms against a government many of whose representatives are regularly accused of stifling civil liberties & setting communities against each other to further their Machiavellian motives. At such ominous times (pun intended!), it's never late … Continue reading Tracing The Origins Of Naxal Movement
Imagine one fine day on a brisk morning walk as you prepare yourself for an enervating schedule, you encounter a band of children in soiled rags frantically pacing on dilapidated bicycles stuffed with sacks of coal. For many amongst us this surely is a 19th century throwback, a desi gold rush with our own forty-niners … Continue reading The Less Told Story Of India’s Adivasis
I’ll tell you a story so do bear with me & it goes like this: 1. One thumb rule of society is, “Violence begets even more violence”. Once it ensues, you just can’t overcome this fiendish cycle. One fine day Charu Majumdar, Kanu Sanyal & Jangal Santhal let loose Pandora’s box when they chose to … Continue reading The Charade Of Naxalism
And thus broke his dreams an umpteenth time. The man with his hoarse voice continually uttered things as the boy tried to overcome his sleep, “Ajit, wake up, you scoundrel, it’s time for the work.” So, he was Ajit, the miserable, whose life had turned upside down in a matter of minutes. Here he was … Continue reading A Call Unanswered (Part 2)
Prelude: 1. He plods through the town, with his clothes turning into rags & rags into tatters. At times, destiny plays those cruel tricks as if by sheer dynamics of chance, it is you on whom befalls the fiery wrath of Gods. The fall from grace, from the pedestal of relative prosperity hits the hardest. … Continue reading A Call Unanswered
The sufferings of aboriginal tribes of Jharkhand sees no ending. Caught between the vicious struggle of supremacy between the security forces & the Maoists they've no where to go.