March 2013

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 […]

The Mirage of Eelam

The Mirage of Eelam

The past week has seen deafening noise of protests ravaging the cities and towns of Tamil Nadu. A vernacular media swaggered that it is one of the greatest awakenings of the Tamil peoples and equated it to the Arab Spring. Students of every college staged fast unto death, whilst fringe political and social groups carried […]

Paradesi

Paradesi

Cast: Atharva, Dhanshika, Vedhika; Music: GV Prakash; Direction: Bala Bala’s films have come to be associated with words like macabre, gore, dark, and, yes, even hell. Yet, his films try to stay dangerously close to realism. Does it mean that reality is hell? Is that the reason we want to watch feel-good, make-believe potboilers that […]

Modi vs. Rahul – A Comparison

Modi vs. Rahul – A Comparison

A few weeks ago Ramachandra Guha wrote a piece comparing Rahul Gandhi and Modi, which curiously spent fifteen paragraphs critically analysing Modi and one sentence on Rahul Gandhi. Soon after, Markandeya Katju wrote another piece attacking Modi, so far as to state that ‘all the perfumes of Arabia cannot wash away the stain on Mr. […]