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Weekly Column

Of Politics & The Young

This is the time for the young to focus on studies and make something of their lives. Not to get involved in politics and waste valuable time. These are distractions that are best avoided. It is so easy for the young to get manipulated by vested interests and become instruments of political parties, some of… Read more »

The Kejriwal Revival?

A few months back, in the wake of the crushing BJP victory in the national elections, Arvind Kejriwal and the AAP seemed to be fading. The body language of the AAP and its leaders reeked of defeat and despair. Its forays in MP and Haryana were resounding derision-worthy failures, and it faced a very real… Read more »

The other new India?

The label “New India’ is now political property. If on the one hand, it is a formulation created by the government to signal what it imagines to be the picture of assertive new citizens who take pride in their Hindu heritage, of late it is also the name given to the new strain of resistance… Read more »

2020: On a Knife’s Edge?

Talk about a cliff-hanger finish. 2019 has ended in turmoil. A host of questions and possibilities have been thrown by the events of this year, with variables multiplying as the year dragged its dying carcass to the finish line. How will the CAA/NRC/NPR issue pan out? Will the government will be able to ram its… Read more »

A problem of solutions?

What exactly is the problem that the Citizenship Amendment Act is solving?  The number of people that are currently seeking citizenship on grounds of religious persecution is extremely modest, not more than a few thousand. And the number protesting it is many times larger. Instead of debating the merits or otherwise of the legislation, what… Read more »

Has justice been done?

The law may or may not have been followed but has justice been done? Given the state of our judicial system today, is this the only way to deal effectively with a horrendous crime like rape? The killing of 4 alleged rapists-murderers in Hyderabad by means of an encounter has evoked deliriously enthusiastic reactions from… Read more »

Maharashtra- The aftermath?

The loss of power in Maharashtra is certainly a blow to the BJP, not the least because of the manner in which it happened. Having first decided to sit it out after the decision of the Shiv Sena to break a decades-old alliance, it later doubled down on a desperate, losing gambit that backfired in… Read more »

Corrupting Everybody?

It was a twist worthy of cinema. There is a genre of films in which everybody double-crosses everybody else, until finally there is only one winner left standing. As things stand today, in Maharashtra, that seems to be the BJP. After failing in its initial attempt to form the government, it appeared to have stayed… Read more »

A Smog of Indifference

What is staggering is the indifference. The capital city of the country and much of North India is covered in a poisonous shroud. Unlike global warming and issues to do with the environment which are often dismissed as the fantasised fears of a few, there is nothing abstract, conceptual or distant about the disastrous quality… Read more »

Ayodhya: Pragmatism Sanctified?

The Ayodhya judgment was much awaited and its potential fall-out much feared. While it is too early to assert anything definitive, the initial response to it has been quite muted. The reaction of the Sunni Waqf Board and leaders like Owaisi has been one of disappointment, but the tone has been carefully non-confrontational. The leaders… Read more »