Narendra Modi

Garbage Nation

Garbage Nation

This August, when I was in Delhi, I was driving through the Main Road in Ghaziabad that leads to Indira Puram. Litter piled up on both sides of the road. Plastic bottles, polythene bags, papers, food waste, and, I’m sure, human waste as well, lined up the road. I chanced upon an odd board on […]

An Ode to Middle Class

An Ode to Middle Class

Budgets are interesting only for a few days of entertainment and nothing more. Many of the plans announced don’t get implemented and nobody goes back to previous years’ budgets to analyse how much was actually spent and how many of those announced plans were actually implemented. Having said that, what budgets help in understanding is […]

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 […]

A New Era

A New Era

As we are all reeling under the hangover of the election results and mulling over the statistics and brass tacks of the percentages, it’s a good time to do some reflection on what happened and what’s ahead. The tsunami, or rather tsunamo as it is being called, has swept the nation. Barring a few states, […]

A Defence for Change

A Defence for Change

I have been seeing plenty of posts against the BJP in the social media. Some argue very persuasively, with intellectual clarity, on why we should not allow a right-wing party to gain power. Some appeal to baser instincts by ridiculing the catchphrase ‘Ab Ki Baar, Modi Sarkaar’ in a juvenile relish. Some are genuinely terrified […]

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. […]

The God of Small Things

The God of Small Things

This is not a piece about Modi. Before all those ardent fans and fanatics jump at me, I would like to say I’m myself getting quite tired of writing about him. But I should thank him for providing me the subject for today’s blog piece. Whilst I was sifting through various materials and wondering what […]

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 […]

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. […]

Ishrat Jahan

Ishrat Jahan

Wherever Modi’s name is mentioned favourably, several objections are thrown at us. Many people don’t use the 2002 riots anymore. Although that is perhaps the most effective offensive against Modi, apparently they have all grown tired of it. Among the several other problem areas they point out in the Modi narrative, the key incident is […]