Indian History

No Gays Please, We’re Indians

No Gays Please, We’re Indians

In one of the dark days of independent India, a culturally rich and diverse country, yesterday, the Supreme Court set aside the earlier High Court verdict and made homosexuality a criminal offence. In one stroke of pen, India was sent reeling down to the Victorian era when homophobia was at its height. The archaic Section […]

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 […]

Idli Sambar Go Back

Idli Sambar Go Back

In 1952, there was a student agitation in the Telengana region against the peoples of Seema-Andhra region. The Telengana people referred to them as non-mulkis, meaning non-locals. They were also, curiously, called ‘Idli Sambar’ after the staple breakfast item of the Seema-Andhra region and, of course, Tamil Nadu that was the major unit of the […]

Pseudo and Proud

Pseudo and Proud

This piece emerged as a result of Subramaniam Swamy’s sensational claim that Prof. Amartya Sen lost his ‘Indianness’ because he is married to a foreigner. Thankfully, instead of lingering on the absurd question of Prof. Sen’s lack of ‘Indianness’, the debate shifted to the fight between true-and pseudo-secular. By true-secular, I am referring, sarcastically of […]

Hey Ram

Hey Ram

Apparently there’s a talk within the BJP that if Modi were to play a role in the national politics, he would be portrayed as a very polarising figure. However hard they try, they won’t be able to shrug off this image. So a group within the BJP believes that the best defence must be offence. […]

The Right To Revere

The Right To Revere

‘The story of the past life of the Scheduled Caste Hindus was pitch dark…It was for the first time in the history of the past twenty-five years that the sun of a better future arose on their horizon,’ thus writes Dhanajay Keer, in his biography of Ambedkar. ‘Before (his rise, Dalits) were treated worse than […]

Meena Kandasamy and Food Fascism

Meena Kandasamy and Food Fascism

The Beef Festival didn’t make news waves. Conducted at Hyderabad’s Osmania University (OU) by Dalit students in protest of banning beef at university hostel, this event was in turn opposed by the upper caste Hindus. In the ensuing clashes, a student was stabbed, a few bones broken and police jeeps torched. This is not the […]

Akhand Bharat – who ruined it?

For a change, and comfortingly, the India media is not debating about some famous actor’s megalomaniac ego being bruised in an American airport, or some spent item girl’s televised dating treasures. For a change, and comfortingly, they are debating furiously about who was responsible for the Partition, about who made the first move. It is […]

Massacring Mahatma

It’s the flavour of the season to write or talk about Gandhi. In India and elsewhere, every writer worth his salt has to write a piece about Gandhi, what with magazines dedicating cover stories and movies eulogising his principles these days. I, an aspiring one, has also been pushed to the corner to prove that […]