India

AAP’s Main Challenge

AAP’s Main Challenge

On the eve of AAP’s takeover of the Delhi administration, it is worth pondering over some of the challenges awaiting them. For those who raised hands in the mohalla meetings and sent mobile text messages urging the Aam Aadmi Party to form government may not know the travails of the minority government. Kejriwal would know. […]

We, The Petulant People

We, The Petulant People

The whole nation is boiling in rage. The street protests have sprung up everywhere. The left parties have started issuing serious warnings. The Dalit leaders such as Mayavati and others are wagging their fingers at the US asking it to ‘behave’. The Indian pride and, more importantly, the Dalit pride is at stake here. The […]

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 […]

The Promise of AAP

The Promise of AAP

The regulars to my blog and my friends know my particular scepticism towards the AAP. A week before the elections, I even challenged that they won’t manage beyond a few seats. Clearly, I have misread the whole situation. AAP’s performance has been nothing but spectacular. This is one of the occasions for which superlative adjectives […]

Modi and India

Modi and India

The whole world knows now that Narendra Modi is the prime ministerial candidate for the BJP. Although it had been speculated for a while, there was a possibility, a teeny tiny possibility, as they say, that the BJP may end up playing safe. In fact, there are more cons than pros for announcing Modi’s candidature. […]

Puppy under the wheels

Puppy under the wheels

There was a time when Michael Jackson was like that. Anything he said was controversial, anything he did was controversial. Even his silence was golden. Then it was Diana. The media following she had was the reason the term ‘stalkarazzi’ was invented. There are several such personalities in the West on whom the media went […]

Modi vs. Rahul – A Comparison

Modi vs. Rahul – A Comparison

A few weeks ago Ramachandra Guha wrote a piece comparing Rahul Gandhi and Modi, which curiously spent fifteen paragraphs critically analysing Modi and one sentence on Rahul Gandhi. Soon after, Markandeya Katju wrote another piece attacking Modi, so far as to state that ‘all the perfumes of Arabia cannot wash away the stain on Mr. […]

Ordinary Man’s Party

Ordinary Man’s Party

Kejriwal is an ordinary man whose ideology seems extraordinarily confusing. His ‘I’m an ordinary man’ might be quite catchy, just like Indira Gandhi’s ‘Garibhi Hatao’, but like hers, his too might end up just by being an empty, albeit deceiving, slogan. There are other questions too. For instance, how will AAP translate into South Indian […]

The Great Underachiever

The Great Underachiever

The recent Time magazine cover dubs Manmohan Singh as an underachiever. It points to the delays in some of the key reforms, the recent economic stagnation and voters’ loss of confidence as indicators for its argument. It is not very clear whether they refer to government backtracking of the retail FDI. It might have been […]

Truth Shall Prevail

Truth Shall Prevail

If there’s one thing that can define the national character, it would be cynicism. We believe changes should happen overnight. Each of us has one remedy that will cure India of its ailments. Military rule, educated politicians, secularism, feminism, Jan Lokpal, Hindutva, or even Maoism. We believe the moment this change comes up everything will […]