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Living Next to Hell

Living Next to Hell

Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar’s statement that ‘Pakistan is Hell’ has become quite popular and controversial. Whilst the BJP sympathisers celebrate this candid pronouncement, former Karnataka MP and actor Divya Spandana’s statement that she has been to Pakistan recently as part of an MP contingent and that ‘Pakistan is not hell. People there are quite friendly […]

Is Your Belief Yours? Really?

Years ago, one of my friends, who hails from a slum in south Chennai, made an observation that I still remember. ‘Almost all Puttarbarti Saibaba devotees are all rich people, and Brahmins,’ he said casually. By rich he meant relatively which means middle and upper middle class. By Brahmins he meant all upper castes. He […]

The Mirage of Eelam

The Mirage of Eelam

The past week has seen deafening noise of protests ravaging the cities and towns of Tamil Nadu. A vernacular media swaggered that it is one of the greatest awakenings of the Tamil peoples and equated it to the Arab Spring. Students of every college staged fast unto death, whilst fringe political and social groups carried […]

Hanging Woes

Hanging Woes

On Saturday, 8th February 2013, India proved that it is a very weak and insecure republic. Probably it is, but it was made public by the central government’s decision to secretly execute Afzal Guru. The reason for the inordinate delay for rejecting the mercy petition was politically motivated vote-bank calculation. This quick and hurried execution […]