Indian Politics

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 […]

Can we have some privacy?

Can we have some privacy?

Is Edward Snowden a hero or a villain? Is he in the right in exposing the ‘evil’ programmes by the US who is tapping into every second American house and collecting gazillions of data? This debate has crossed the shores along with Snowden and is now being asked everywhere. Expectedly, the human rights activists in India […]

Hey Ram

Hey Ram

Apparently there’s a talk within the BJP that if Modi were to play a role in the national politics, he would be portrayed as a very polarising figure. However hard they try, they won’t be able to shrug off this image. So a group within the BJP believes that the best defence must be offence. […]

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 […]

Ishrat Jahan

Ishrat Jahan

Wherever Modi’s name is mentioned favourably, several objections are thrown at us. Many people don’t use the 2002 riots anymore. Although that is perhaps the most effective offensive against Modi, apparently they have all grown tired of it. Among the several other problem areas they point out in the Modi narrative, the key incident is […]

Options for 2014

Options for 2014

Who should be the Prime Minister next year? Should it be Modi or Rahul Gandhi? Well, neither are officially the prime ministerial candidates, but at least Modi’s candidature has almost been decided. Already BJP is allowing some amount of polarisation take place and even geared itself to put Advani in place and lose JD(U). If […]

The Politics of Public Sector

The Politics of Public Sector

Selling 5% of shares in the Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) is the recent controversy that’s dividing Tamil Nadu’s opinion leaders. Whilst some ardent ‘reformists’ support selling the stakes, other ‘labour-friendly’ leftists oppose the move and warn that it will affect thousands of NLC workers. This has spawned another round of debate about whether our public […]

Oh, The Sweet Taste of Capitalism!

Oh, The Sweet Taste of Capitalism!

PART 2 This is when our politicos hit on a brainwave! Why ‘privatise’ to corporate houses, when they can ‘privatise’ it to themselves? As long as some of the invisible ‘assets’ were being privatised our politicians didn’t mind because, except a few, most of them didn’t understand how to harness those assets anyway! But the […]

Oh, The Sweet Taste of Capitalism!

Oh, The Sweet Taste of Capitalism!

PART 1 When the flood-gates of the Indian economy opened up in the 1990s, the whole nation rejoiced. They felt that they have been waiting for this day all their life. This writer included, that was the moment equivalent of the Second Coming. The petty grievances of the weak Left were never to be considered […]

Imported Engines for the Culturally Pure

Imported Engines for the Culturally Pure

These are the people who prided themselves of successfully chasing away the ‘Hindi demon’ out of the Tamil land. They strived to ‘purify’ their mother language by purging it of  ‘foreign’ words, especially the Sanskrit words; for, hailing from the Dravidian homeland they considered Sanskrit as the foreign language. They propagated Tamil ritual practices in […]