February 2014

Happy Independence Day, Telengana

Happy Independence Day, Telengana

During the formation of Andhra Pradesh, apparently Nehru remarked that the joining of Telengana region was like an alliance of matrimony between unwilling partners with a provision for divorce later. I’m not sure Nehru really said that, and there have been conflicting reports. I skimmed through the Collected Works of Nehru for evidence of this, […]

Fall of the Anarchists – Part II

Fall of the Anarchists – Part II

This is the second part of my analysis of Arvind Kejriwal’s resignation. To read Part I, click here. In this piece I take the second approach to analyse Kejriwal’s resignation: the way of Indian democracy. More than anything else, what disturbs me the most is Arvind Kejriwal’s disrespect towards Indian democracy. He makes sweeping allegations […]

Fall of the Anarchists – Part I

Fall of the Anarchists – Part I

No one was really surprised. In fact, the media houses have been predicting that Arvind Kejriwal will resign on the 16th February when the court ruling on Lt. Governor’s stand is awaited. February 16th, give or take a couple of days, they said. At some sections of the public he is being hailed as the […]

Talibanising Hinduism

Talibanising Hinduism

As you read this, in one of the warehouses of Penguin Publications, all the copies of the book titled ‘Hinduism: An Alternative History’, written by Wendy Doniger, are being destroyed and reduced to pulp. Penguin announced that it is unilaterally withdrawing the sale and distribution of this book with effect from today. Only that the […]

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 […]

Congress-bashers

Congress-bashers

They say, there’s a time and place for everything. And this is not the time to praise Congress. We need to ensure that the Congress is defeated in this election and are made to sit in the opposition for at least the next five years. Perhaps they need to be given that time to reflect […]

Aam Arrogant Party – Part 2

Aam Arrogant Party – Part 2

Nearly a year ago, when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stressed this time-immemorial saying, ‘Money doesn’t grow on trees,’ little did he know that his bitter-most critic Arvind Kejriwal will come to learn that lesson. As his nascent government completes a month, Kejriwal is finding out that not only does money not grow on tress, that […]