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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 […]

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 […]

Death of a Dalit

Death of a Dalit

Many of us feel that the Reservations should be abolished. We feel that the Dalits have all used the Reservations in the past sixty five years and have progressed sufficiently and now their sons and daughters are, as developed as any other caste, are painlessly advancing using the Reservation. Some of us feel that Dalits […]

The Politics of Public Sector

The Politics of Public Sector

Selling 5% of shares in the Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) is the recent controversy that’s dividing Tamil Nadu’s opinion leaders. Whilst some ardent ‘reformists’ support selling the stakes, other ‘labour-friendly’ leftists oppose the move and warn that it will affect thousands of NLC workers. This has spawned another round of debate about whether our public […]

Patriots & Partisans

Patriots & Partisans

Patriots and Partisans; Author: Ramachandra Guha; Publisher: Penguin Books India; Pages: 352: Price: Rs. 699 Reading Ramachandra Guha’s new book ‘Patriots and Partisans’ is a very comforting experience. It also made me realise that he has single-handedly re-shaped my political and sociological ideologies in the past few years and I’m not ashamed to say that […]

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 […]

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 […]