Indian Politics

Idli Sambar Go Back

Idli Sambar Go Back

In 1952, there was a student agitation in the Telengana region against the peoples of Seema-Andhra region. The Telengana people referred to them as non-mulkis, meaning non-locals. They were also, curiously, called ‘Idli Sambar’ after the staple breakfast item of the Seema-Andhra region and, of course, Tamil Nadu that was the major unit of the […]

Pseudo and Proud

Pseudo and Proud

This piece emerged as a result of Subramaniam Swamy’s sensational claim that Prof. Amartya Sen lost his ‘Indianness’ because he is married to a foreigner. Thankfully, instead of lingering on the absurd question of Prof. Sen’s lack of ‘Indianness’, the debate shifted to the fight between true-and pseudo-secular. By true-secular, I am referring, sarcastically of […]

Living Rich at Rs.1300

Living Rich at Rs.1300

My first job was in Mysore, a leafy, quiet town situated about 150 km south west of Bangalore. I went there without much money and used to receive my salary (of Rs. 1300) in cash. I was staying in a bachelor’s accommodation and one month somebody stole my salary money from the cupboard. For the […]

Lessons From Batla

Lessons From Batla

Today, a crucial judgement passed has been passed in one of the Delhi courts on a controversial encounter case. The controversy and the verdict have far-reaching consequences. Just a bit of refresh to understand the background. Based on an alleged tip off, seven officers from Delhi Police stormed an apartment building in Delhi’s Batla House […]

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

Food Security Bill, the most important and flagship bill that the current UPA government is expected to table during the winter session has come under severe criticism from all sides of the spectrum. Fearing that it may not be passed, what with the BJP up in arms against the current regime, the government has already […]

Lesson Time

Lesson Time

A week ago the Supreme Court passed two key judgements. One was if a legislator is convicted they will be disqualified from their post on the same day. Previously, if an MP or an MLA is convicted, they would have three months’ time to appeal and during this period, can continue as legislators. Now, they […]

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 […]

The Beauty of Compromise

The Beauty of Compromise

Saw a video in Facebook today. It was a clipping from India Today Conclave where Narendra Modi and Digvijaya Singh were fighting it out on, what else, secularism. It appears to have been conducted shortly after the Assembly Elections in Gujarat. Digvijay Singh poses a question to as to Modi why there was not a […]

Contempt of Law

Contempt of Law

When I was in the UK, the staff of Transport For London, the company that runs the famous London tube declared strike over salaries. The management took them to court. Two days prior to the date for the strike, the court ruled it illegal. What happened? On the date of announcement, the staff reported to […]

Puppy under the wheels

Puppy under the wheels

There was a time when Michael Jackson was like that. Anything he said was controversial, anything he did was controversial. Even his silence was golden. Then it was Diana. The media following she had was the reason the term ‘stalkarazzi’ was invented. There are several such personalities in the West on whom the media went […]