Tamil Nadu

A Case for Drinking, Hic!

A Case for Drinking, Hic!

During the turn of the millennium, Time magazine drew up a list of top 100s of various things. It compiled a list of 100 remarkable people, 100 greatest novels in English, 100 greatest movies, and son. A little known fact was there was also a list of worst things, 100 worst ideas of the century, and […]

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 […]

We, the Tamils

We, the Tamils

The obsession of Tamilians with their mother tongue is something that has no parallels. We take pride in being the speakers of one of the oldest languages in the world. Fair enough. Tamil is indeed the only surviving classical language in the world. The earliest literature in Tamil dates back to 300 BC. It has […]

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 […]

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 […]

Freedom and Hypocrisy

Freedom and Hypocrisy

In many art galleries in London, including the famed Tate Modern, you can see art that intentionally confounds you, even aggravates you. Some are downright silly and some are plain offensive. The notes next to these works encourage the viewer to question the premise of art. What is art? What is the role of art […]