Social Commentary

To Love or Not to Love

To Love or Not to Love

A Facebook post from the Tamil poet Manushyaputhiran triggered this piece. In follow up of the death of the Dalit youth Ilavarasan, the ardent supporters of caste-violence and casteism are left with very little defence to protect their stand. So they are trying to turn the table. ‘We are sending our kids to college to […]

The Police State

The Police State

Just a few days have passed since we wrote about police ‘encounters’, a group of cops in Maharashtra have been convicted of fake encounters and sentenced to years in prison. We have seen today that a cop in Madhya Pradesh has thrashed a woman who has come to lodge an FIR (First Information Report). Recently […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

No Laughing Matter

No Laughing Matter

We Indians aren’t new to scams. Especially with today’s central government, we have grown highly accustomed to seeing one skeleton after another tumble out of the closet; so much so that it’s scary that we may soon lose interest. It has already become a joke among the middle classes. One Facebook post had two imaginary […]

Truth Shall Prevail

Truth Shall Prevail

If there’s one thing that can define the national character, it would be cynicism. We believe changes should happen overnight. Each of us has one remedy that will cure India of its ailments. Military rule, educated politicians, secularism, feminism, Jan Lokpal, Hindutva, or even Maoism. We believe the moment this change comes up everything will […]

Invitation to Anarchy

Invitation to Anarchy

If anybody had doubts about the danger of Anna Hazare’s Anti-Corruption movement, this is the moment for them to change their mind. In a recent press meet, he has invited the Army Chief to join his anti-corruption campaign. Already, the Army Chief is creating ruckus on his own by washing his dirty linens in public. […]

Meena Kandasamy and Food Fascism

Meena Kandasamy and Food Fascism

The Beef Festival didn’t make news waves. Conducted at Hyderabad’s Osmania University (OU) by Dalit students in protest of banning beef at university hostel, this event was in turn opposed by the upper caste Hindus. In the ensuing clashes, a student was stabbed, a few bones broken and police jeeps torched. This is not the […]