India

Living Next to Hell

Living Next to Hell

Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar’s statement that ‘Pakistan is Hell’ has become quite popular and controversial. Whilst the BJP sympathisers celebrate this candid pronouncement, former Karnataka MP and actor Divya Spandana’s statement that she has been to Pakistan recently as part of an MP contingent and that ‘Pakistan is not hell. People there are quite friendly […]

Cockroaches in the Coaches

Cockroaches in the Coaches

There have been talks of improving our rail services and better manage the huge monster called the Indian Railways. To analyse this, the new government had appointment a committee headed by Bibek Debroy to study and prescribe measures to improve the Railways. This committee had recently submitted its prescriptions. Among others, the key ones include […]

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 […]

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. […]

Modi’s Honeymoon – Part II

Modi’s Honeymoon – Part II

Then came the news that this government intentionally sabotaged Gopal Subramaniam’s chances of becoming the supreme court judge, because, well, because he worked against Modi and Shaw in the Shohrabuddin Fake Encounter case. Now aren’t you reminded of those UPA days when KT Thomas was appointed the vigilance commissioner because, well, because he was their […]

India’s ‘Number 2’ Problem

India’s ‘Number 2’ Problem

A YouTube video was doing the rounds yesterday in Facebook. A lot of people very excitedly shared it in their walls. All of them are well educated and reasonably well enlightened. This is what happens in that video: A group called Anonymous Indians have set out to campaign against urinating in public places. In Mumbai, […]

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 […]

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 […]