Miscellaneous

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 […]

PhD and Funding

PhD and Funding

There have been posts criticising government fellowships paid to PhD students. Clearly, it is the BJP sympathisers who are raising these voices in the wake of Kanhaiah Kumar episode. Even someone like Mohandas Pai, the ex-Finance Director of Infosys, and famous Modi supporter wrote a piece in this regard (1). Why are PhD students being […]

Throwing Stones at the Government

Throwing Stones at the Government

General V K Singh’s ill-conceived remark that ‘if someone throws a stone at a dog, the government can’t be held responsible’ is obviously a grave insult to the Dalit children who were burnt alive. However, there’s also evident a careless attitude towards animal rights and other overarching problems associated with it. Let’s discuss them a […]

Beefeaters

Beefeaters

In a manner of speaking, the murder of Akhlaq for allegedly eating beef is just another stop in the long journey of Cow Protection movement in India. It’s the success of the campaign that Hindutva movement has been orchestrating for a long time, to show that the Indian landscape has always been kind to cow […]

Death Penalty

Death Penalty

For the past two weeks, I have been noticing posts for and against death penalty in India. I didn’t participate in any of them as I myself was torn between the two sides. I needed to confront my own conflict before I could clearly address the question. There is no doubt that death penalty is […]

A Great Idea Called Aadhaar

A Great Idea Called Aadhaar

Ever since the Supreme Court has slammed the government for not fully making Aadhaar non-mandatory, the social media has been rife with severe condemnations for the Aadhar Project in general and Nandan Nilekani in particular. Some have even gone down to the level of terming Nilekani as the copycat of the American system and being […]

Killing Gandhi with Apathy, Every Day

Killing Gandhi with Apathy, Every Day

I had been to Agha Khan Palace during my recent visit to Pune. For starters, here’s a brief history primer: Agha Khan Palace is a relatively comfortable bungalow where Mahatma Gandhi was interred during the Quit India movement. He was not confined in the regular jail because the British feared that if something happened to […]

A Case for Drinking, Hic!

A Case for Drinking, Hic!

During the turn of the millennium, Time magazine drew up a list of top 100s of various things. It compiled a list of 100 remarkable people, 100 greatest novels in English, 100 greatest movies, and son. A little known fact was there was also a list of worst things, 100 worst ideas of the century, and […]

Being a Woman

Being a Woman

This is not an article about the film Raanjhana, but it contains spoilers from the film. So those who haven’t seen the film and are intending to, please be warned. There are three essays in today’s Hindu on the influences of the film Raanjhana. Is it misogynistic? No, argues Swara Bhaskar, one of the actresses […]

High Places…and Low Places

High Places…and Low Places

We are all quite animated about corruption in the political sphere. Whenever a chief minister or a minister is accused of a scam, we get all charged up. We also need to know that, time and again, a lot of initiatives are taken to clean up the public offices. Supreme Court is one of the […]