Esoteric Dialectics

PhD and Funding

PhD and Funding

There have been posts criticising government fellowships paid to PhD students. Clearly, it is the BJP sympathisers who are raising these voices in the wake of Kanhaiah Kumar episode. Even someone like Mohandas Pai, the ex-Finance Director of Infosys, and famous Modi supporter wrote a piece in this regard (1). Why are PhD students being […]

Throwing Stones at the Government

Throwing Stones at the Government

General V K Singh’s ill-conceived remark that ‘if someone throws a stone at a dog, the government can’t be held responsible’ is obviously a grave insult to the Dalit children who were burnt alive. However, there’s also evident a careless attitude towards animal rights and other overarching problems associated with it. Let’s discuss them a […]

Death Penalty

Death Penalty

For the past two weeks, I have been noticing posts for and against death penalty in India. I didn’t participate in any of them as I myself was torn between the two sides. I needed to confront my own conflict before I could clearly address the question. There is no doubt that death penalty is […]

Hindu Pakistan

Hindu Pakistan

‘The basis of Pakistan was Islam. The Muslims in the subcontinent are a separate culture. It was the Two-Nation Theory that carved out of the Subcontinent as Pakistan.’ –          Zia-ul-Haq, Military Dictator and self-declared President of Pakistan ‘The Sangh wants to put in reality the words “Hindusthan of Hindus”. Hindusthan is a country of Hindus. […]

A New Era

A New Era

As we are all reeling under the hangover of the election results and mulling over the statistics and brass tacks of the percentages, it’s a good time to do some reflection on what happened and what’s ahead. The tsunami, or rather tsunamo as it is being called, has swept the nation. Barring a few states, […]

AK versus AK, and NN!

AK versus AK, and NN!

For the past few months I have been formulating my views towards the emergence of the aggressive anti-corruption political party AAP and its rabble-rousing founder Arvind Kejriwal. I have been analysing and expressing my views on what exactly is wrong with the party and its founder. I read Kejriwal’s Swaraj and Guha’s book on Gandhi […]

Is Your Belief Yours? Really?

Years ago, one of my friends, who hails from a slum in south Chennai, made an observation that I still remember. ‘Almost all Puttarbarti Saibaba devotees are all rich people, and Brahmins,’ he said casually. By rich he meant relatively which means middle and upper middle class. By Brahmins he meant all upper castes. He […]

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 […]

Nitish Kumar and Narendara Modi

There was an article about Nitish Kumar in a recent issue of Time. Reading it gave way to this question: What are the chances of Nitish becoming the next Prime Minister, even if NDA were to win? Ten percent? Twenty percent? On the other hand, what are the chances of Modi becoming the PM? Eighty? […]

Democracy

Banana Republic, a term often applied to India, is only half truth in describing the real state of affairs. The term originally refers to an oligarchy or plutocracy running a country in collusion with large private business enterprises for profit. India could be conceived of as an oligarchy pejoratively considering a single party has been […]