Social Commentary

We, The Petulant People

We, The Petulant People

The whole nation is boiling in rage. The street protests have sprung up everywhere. The left parties have started issuing serious warnings. The Dalit leaders such as Mayavati and others are wagging their fingers at the US asking it to ‘behave’. The Indian pride and, more importantly, the Dalit pride is at stake here. The […]

No Gays Please, We’re Indians

No Gays Please, We’re Indians

In one of the dark days of independent India, a culturally rich and diverse country, yesterday, the Supreme Court set aside the earlier High Court verdict and made homosexuality a criminal offence. In one stroke of pen, India was sent reeling down to the Victorian era when homophobia was at its height. The archaic Section […]

The Promise of AAP

The Promise of AAP

The regulars to my blog and my friends know my particular scepticism towards the AAP. A week before the elections, I even challenged that they won’t manage beyond a few seats. Clearly, I have misread the whole situation. AAP’s performance has been nothing but spectacular. This is one of the occasions for which superlative adjectives […]

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 […]

The God of Small Things

The God of Small Things

This is not a piece about Modi. Before all those ardent fans and fanatics jump at me, I would like to say I’m myself getting quite tired of writing about him. But I should thank him for providing me the subject for today’s blog piece. Whilst I was sifting through various materials and wondering what […]

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 […]

Being a Woman

Being a Woman

This is not an article about the film Raanjhana, but it contains spoilers from the film. So those who haven’t seen the film and are intending to, please be warned. There are three essays in today’s Hindu on the influences of the film Raanjhana. Is it misogynistic? No, argues Swara Bhaskar, one of the actresses […]

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 […]

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. […]