Miscellaneous

For Islam and the Umma

For Islam and the Umma

Dear Adnan Rasheed It was heart-warming to see you writing to Malala, especially in English. In this day and age when even the political leaders in India blame English for destroying our culture, you have dared writing in the Satan’s language. I don’t know what prompted you to write in that language. Did you want […]

Disappearing Prostitutes

Disappearing Prostitutes

There is a line in the film Talaash. A character named Rosie, a sex worker, tells a cop in a heart-to-heart chat, ‘Ek ladki gayab ho jati hai aur saala koi puchne wala bhi nahi. Hum jaise log to ginti mein hi nahi aate.’ Loosely translated, it means ‘One girl disappears and no one cares. […]

To Love or Not to Love

To Love or Not to Love

A Facebook post from the Tamil poet Manushyaputhiran triggered this piece. In follow up of the death of the Dalit youth Ilavarasan, the ardent supporters of caste-violence and casteism are left with very little defence to protect their stand. So they are trying to turn the table. ‘We are sending our kids to college to […]

Goodbye Ilavarasan

Goodbye Ilavarasan

Dear Ilavarasan I know you are not in a position to read this post. How could you, as you’ve just been buried this afternoon. We still don’t know whether your death is suicide or murder. Your body was dug up again by a team of AIIMS doctors to determine this and we’ll know its results […]

The Police State

The Police State

Just a few days have passed since we wrote about police ‘encounters’, a group of cops in Maharashtra have been convicted of fake encounters and sentenced to years in prison. We have seen today that a cop in Madhya Pradesh has thrashed a woman who has come to lodge an FIR (First Information Report). Recently […]

We, the Tamils

We, the Tamils

The obsession of Tamilians with their mother tongue is something that has no parallels. We take pride in being the speakers of one of the oldest languages in the world. Fair enough. Tamil is indeed the only surviving classical language in the world. The earliest literature in Tamil dates back to 300 BC. It has […]

Death of a Dalit

Death of a Dalit

Many of us feel that the Reservations should be abolished. We feel that the Dalits have all used the Reservations in the past sixty five years and have progressed sufficiently and now their sons and daughters are, as developed as any other caste, are painlessly advancing using the Reservation. Some of us feel that Dalits […]

Neethane En Ponvasantham – Music

Neethane En Ponvasantham – Music

In my review of Thiruvaasagam in Symphonic Oratorio, Ilaiyaraaja’s orchestral, oratorio-based rendition of the Tamil classic text Thiruvaasagam, I had ended it with ‘Welcome back Raaja.’ On the day the music of Neethane En Ponvasantham (NPV) was released, the social media was replete with adulations that ‘Raaja is back’. It is clear enough that we […]

Truth Shall Prevail

Truth Shall Prevail

If there’s one thing that can define the national character, it would be cynicism. We believe changes should happen overnight. Each of us has one remedy that will cure India of its ailments. Military rule, educated politicians, secularism, feminism, Jan Lokpal, Hindutva, or even Maoism. We believe the moment this change comes up everything will […]

Ilaiyaraaja and the Incubator

Ilaiyaraaja and the Incubator

It was quite some time since I heard any Ilaiyaraaja songs. So I was a bit excited when Dhoni audio was released. Whilst the songs weren’t even pale imitations of his 80s chartbusters, they were listenable just for the loyalty sake. However, I stumbled upon something else when I Googled on Dhoni songs. My fascination […]