July 2013

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. […]

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 Beauty of Compromise

The Beauty of Compromise

Saw a video in Facebook today. It was a clipping from India Today Conclave where Narendra Modi and Digvijaya Singh were fighting it out on, what else, secularism. It appears to have been conducted shortly after the Assembly Elections in Gujarat. Digvijay Singh poses a question to as to Modi why there was not a […]

Contempt of Law

Contempt of Law

When I was in the UK, the staff of Transport For London, the company that runs the famous London tube declared strike over salaries. The management took them to court. Two days prior to the date for the strike, the court ruled it illegal. What happened? On the date of announcement, the staff reported to […]

Goodbye Ilavarasan

Goodbye Ilavarasan

Dear Ilavarasan I know you are not in a position to read this post. How could you, as you’ve just been buried this afternoon. We still don’t know whether your death is suicide or murder. Your body was dug up again by a team of AIIMS doctors to determine this and we’ll know its results […]

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 […]

Puppy under the wheels

Puppy under the wheels

There was a time when Michael Jackson was like that. Anything he said was controversial, anything he did was controversial. Even his silence was golden. Then it was Diana. The media following she had was the reason the term ‘stalkarazzi’ was invented. There are several such personalities in the West on whom the media went […]