Indian History

Beefeaters

Beefeaters

In a manner of speaking, the murder of Akhlaq for allegedly eating beef is just another stop in the long journey of Cow Protection movement in India. It’s the success of the campaign that Hindutva movement has been orchestrating for a long time, to show that the Indian landscape has always been kind to cow […]

On Yoga

On Yoga

Yoga has become an international business today. A study claims that in America alone, about 15 million people practise yoga today. As the world celebrated this ancient art, Indians made world record with 35,000 people doing Yoga around the India Gate in New Delhi, ably supported by the Prime Minister himself. Of course, the run […]

India’s Sixty Years

India’s Sixty Years

India has seen tremendous progress since Independence. In order to understand that we need to know the kind of society we had inherited from the British. Our literacy was 17%. The largely peasant nation didn’t know what democracy meant. It was a huge challenge building the new nation from such society. When India chose to […]

A Rose in Any Name

A Rose in Any Name

In 1982, when Rajiv Gandhi visited Hyderabad, the then Congress chief minister T Anjaiah went to the airport with a group of supporters to receive him. Rajiv, who clearly didn’t expect the slogan-shouting crowd, was so upset that he chastised Anjaiah for bringing a crowd and making a scene. This he did it in full […]

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. […]

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 […]

Killing Gandhi with Apathy, Every Day

Killing Gandhi with Apathy, Every Day

I had been to Agha Khan Palace during my recent visit to Pune. For starters, here’s a brief history primer: Agha Khan Palace is a relatively comfortable bungalow where Mahatma Gandhi was interred during the Quit India movement. He was not confined in the regular jail because the British feared that if something happened to […]