Indian Politics

Do You Not Hate Her?

She will easily be the most hated public figure in India. And she’s not a politician. No, she is not one of those wooden actresses of Bombay. Well, she was not the TV anchor who colluded with the powers-that-be to lobby for cabinet berths. She is just a writer; and also an activist. The only […]

Thank You DMK

Often, there are unfavourable means that lead to favourable ends. How upset some of us were when DMK won the Lok Sabha elections, how those of us were huffing and puffing in angst wondering where our country was heading. All’s well that ends well. Before I dwell into that, apologies are due to the direct […]

Voice of the Mind

There’s a scene in the famous TV sitcom Friends: Ross, an affable yet mildly goofy character gets into a very embarrassing situation. He has to say something to save his face yet he is shocked and tongue tied. His mind keeps shouting at him to ‘say something’ and after a few very uncomfortable minutes of […]

Another Letter to Rahul

Dear Mr Gandhi Hope you are doing well. I wrote you a letter a few weeks ago when an incident occurred that made you feel ashamed of being an Indian. Since people like me knew some bit of history, and we had been ashamed several times in the past, I wrote to appraise you that […]

Saints and Sinners

Christian theology has clear definitions for saints and sinners. There are even manual-like guidelines on how one could be categorised as a sinner or, through Vatican’s beatification processes, a saint. In the Indian mythological context, however, as with everything else, such definitions are murky. Many things described as sinful were committed by the gods and […]

List of Ignominious

Time Magazine’s Top 10 and Top 100 lists have a long tradition. Carefully analysed and collated, they have an international standing today and are eagerly sought by the people of all walks. Weren’t we thrilled when we saw Nayagan on the list of 100 best films? Weren’t we immensely proud when we saw Gandhi topping […]

A Building,.. And Some Nostalgia

A Commons’ Committee, investigating on the delay caused in construction, called British Library’s new building ‘one of the ugliest buildings in the world’. Obviously none of the members had ever been to India or else the library would have met some serious contenders. Worse still, if they had seen the new secretariat complex built under […]

Let there be a winner

Karunanidhi, the present Chief Minister of Tamilnadu is a self-proclaimed atheist. But once in a while, the mask slips and the superstitious, sentimental, god-fearing – as in literally ‘fearing’ – face pops up, only for a brief moment before he notices and adjusts the mask again. In those slippery moments, he prays to god. Since […]

A Letter to Mr Gandhi

Dear Mr Gandhi I saw the news today and felt immensely overwhelmed at your proclamation. Speaking to the farmers affected by the land acquisition of the UP government, you commented that you felt ‘ashamed to be an Indian’. I fully understand your anguish. In fact, I stand next to you in sharing your shame and […]

The Cycle

What does Indian public react to what is currently happening in India? As an outsider, as in someone living ‘safely’ away from the chaos, I couldn’t believe the brazenness with which the present government is conducting itself. Day after day, scam after scam, one incredulous lies after another, this government that boasted itself headed by […]