7500, 15000, or 20000?

When Bob Dylan wrote ‘How many people will it take till he knows that too many people have died?’ he would not have known how many times this question is going to be raised till we realise it is people we are talking about. Such was the plight last week when UN, Amnesty and the […]

The broken cyanide chain

‘It’s a tragic incident, that’s all’ was all Prabhakaran had to say about Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination twelve years after he executed it. He, however, didn’t have much say about the numerous Tamil leaders whom he ruthlessly eliminated. That’s notwithstanding the hundreds of Indian soldiers, Sinhalese civilians, and thousands of Sri Lankan Tamils who died in […]

The Return of the TADA

Mayavati of the Uttar Pradesh must be smacking her lips in anticipation. Jayalalitha must already be waiting outside the Parliament like a child gone to a sweet stall with her father. These two leaders have a reason to celebrate. A new anti-terror law is being introduced in the country by the government. After months of […]

Thank You Mujahideens

Dear Deccan Mujahideens, I would like to use this occasion to thank you for the services you have rendered to our government and the Indian state. You have conducted what is termed as the ‘most organised’, ‘most lethal’ and ‘highly determined’ terror attack ever on the Indian soil. Some of these adjectives were employed by […]

The Hindu Rate of Wrath

The title for this piece is borrowed from Fracois Gautier’s passionate article in the Outlook magazine. His article is a response to the latest sensation in India about the ‘Hindu’ bomb blast in Malegaon allegedly carried out by Sadhvi Pragya Takur. One of the most prominent pseudo-secular media houses in India CNN IBN smacked its […]

POTA is not the answer

When India attained Independence, she embraced socialism because it seemed to be the wise thing to do. With capitalist America struggling to emerge out of depression and socialist Europe and Communist Soviet emerging victorious, adopting socialism for a just born country was thought of as a logical step. In the late 80s when the socialist […]

Whither the War?

CNN IBN conducted a panel discussion that explored whether Modi has won the War on Terror. Three distinctly non-related panellists were made to discuss on what seems to be an irreverently biased topic. One of the specifically objectionable aspects was the the term ‘War on Terror.’ The Indian media and public often insouciantly use terms […]

Portrait of a government

Here is a quiz question. If you answer correctly, you get ten bonus points and get to participate in Kaun Banega Crorepati, if this game show is still running that is. Well, here’s the question: Who is India’s Home Minister? If you have answered it correctly, you can go ahead and call the KBC helpline […]

The aftermath

The most frustrating debate that’s deafening our ears these days is this: To call them terrorists or not? Are they terrorists or mere criminals? While I wince at the term ‘mere’, I struggle hard to identify and understand why such a noise is being made in the first place. If you are wondering what I’m […]

Afzal – To hang or not to hang

Last week, one of the most crucial topic debated in the capital was not about farmer’s suicide, the nuclear deal with US, or even the SEZs. It was whether to hang Mohd. Afzal Guru or not. For the late comers, Mohd. Afzal Guru has been convicted by Supreme Court to be hanged until death for […]