Social Commentary

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 […]

Cockroaches in the Coaches

Cockroaches in the Coaches

There have been talks of improving our rail services and better manage the huge monster called the Indian Railways. To analyse this, the new government had appointment a committee headed by Bibek Debroy to study and prescribe measures to improve the Railways. This committee had recently submitted its prescriptions. Among others, the key ones include […]

A Rose in Any Name

A Rose in Any Name

In 1982, when Rajiv Gandhi visited Hyderabad, the then Congress chief minister T Anjaiah went to the airport with a group of supporters to receive him. Rajiv, who clearly didn’t expect the slogan-shouting crowd, was so upset that he chastised Anjaiah for bringing a crowd and making a scene. This he did it in full […]

Garbage Nation

Garbage Nation

This August, when I was in Delhi, I was driving through the Main Road in Ghaziabad that leads to Indira Puram. Litter piled up on both sides of the road. Plastic bottles, polythene bags, papers, food waste, and, I’m sure, human waste as well, lined up the road. I chanced upon an odd board on […]

India’s ‘Number 2’ Problem

India’s ‘Number 2’ Problem

A YouTube video was doing the rounds yesterday in Facebook. A lot of people very excitedly shared it in their walls. All of them are well educated and reasonably well enlightened. This is what happens in that video: A group called Anonymous Indians have set out to campaign against urinating in public places. In Mumbai, […]

AK versus AK, and NN!

AK versus AK, and NN!

For the past few months I have been formulating my views towards the emergence of the aggressive anti-corruption political party AAP and its rabble-rousing founder Arvind Kejriwal. I have been analysing and expressing my views on what exactly is wrong with the party and its founder. I read Kejriwal’s Swaraj and Guha’s book on Gandhi […]

The Bigotry of the Telugu

The Bigotry of the Telugu

I have had a great respect for Telugu people. They are one of the communities in India who merge with the local culture of wherever they are. I have seen Telugu-speaking people in Tamil Nadu who live and behave like Tamils. I have seen them in Bangalore where the live like Kannadigas. You actually won’t […]

Aam Arrogant Party

Aam Arrogant Party

I hope those who had proudly proclaimed their endorsement for Aam Aadmi Party are wondering what hit them. The last few days of AAP has been nothing but scandalous. It is, in a way, hard to believe that such a spectacular movement has reached such an absurd state. Those who are wondering what has really […]