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Weekly Column

Those in air-conditioned cabins

When one is criticized for being removed from ground realities, one is somehow always believed to be ‘sitting in an air-conditioned cabin’. Access to air-conditioning appears to make any opinion fluffy; a product of the ivory tower la-la-land that one clearly resides in. Air-conditioning is often used as the primary descriptor of elite detachedness and… Read more »

The deafness of corporations

Dragging a paying passenger off the plane violently enough for him to have a concussion and a broken nose marks a new low in customer service, going even by the lax standards that many airlines employ. Enough has been said about the horrific nature of this incident, and for once, all the outrage expressed is… Read more »

The Big Ban Theory?

The Supreme Court’s decision to stop all outlets from serving alcohol within 500 metres of highways has created much surprise and consternation, including, from within the government. While the purpose behind this action is noble enough, the action itself has been seen as being precipitate and too casually dismissive of the impact it will have… Read more »

Humbled by geology?

Reading the magnificent Indica by Pranay Lal, where the author brings alive the ‘deep natural history’ of the sub-continent, one gets confronted with the scale of reality that we inhabit and of our own insignificance in it. We are surrounded by time in a manner that we cannot comprehend. The earth that we walk on,… Read more »

Opposition prospects 2019 & beyond?

What does the Opposition do now? It has been thoroughly out-thought and outplayed by a combination of charismatic leadership and meticulous on-ground implementation. As Omar Abdullah confessed on Twitter, the Opposition does not have a chance in 2019; perhaps building for 2024 is the only option. The Congress may not, in any real sense last… Read more »

BJP- A strategic shift?

The selection of Yogi Adityanath as the UP CM is not an easy decision to read and make sense of. The reactions to this news have been on expected lines, with one side being appalled at the choice of an avowed and aggressive Hindutvavadi and the other taking great pleasure in the unhappiness it has… Read more »