Ambedkar Jayanti was celebrated on 14th April, 2019. Both the Congress and the BJP jumped to claim and appropriate Ambedkar as their own. However, Ambedkar stands aloof but invincible when it comes to these ideological battles. His work and life has been a critique of majoritarian politics of the BJP and the paternalistic-upper caste-upper class […]Read more "Ambedkar’s thought and our times"
वह क्या बला है भला ? जो उग्रवाद को रोमांचक बनाती है जो दार्शनिक को बनाती है रोमांटिक नये धरातल की नीव सजाती है। कोई पुछता है जैसे मुझसे, राजनीति कैसे प्रेम सिखाती है ? क्या स्थायी व्यवस्था से मुख मोडना काम(कामना) का अनुयायी बनाती है ? क्रांति का वो तूफान जो सैलाबलेकर […]Read more "युवा और रोमांच(रोमांस)"
Rarely does any Indian politician enjoy such political support both among established political parties and among the masses. George Fernandes may be remembered in Post-Emergency India as a street fighter, as a person who despite being manacled held up his arms in open protest against the government of the day. But his legacy goes much […]Read more "Why George Fernandes was an urban naxal of his time"
In Albert Camus’ novel ‘The Stranger’, the protagonist exhibits a passive disenchantment with the whole world and cares about little but his self-gratification. The book opens with ‘my mother died yesterday’, but the protagonist-narrator shows no remorse, no grief, even as he tells us that his mother was instrumental in his upbringing. As the story […]Read more "The indifference of the urban liberal elite"
In a press conference held a few days back, the hitherto electorally irrelevant Swaraj India party seems to have made an offbeat yet refreshing announcement. Announcing a campaign called ICAN-2019(Indian Citizens Action for Nation- 2019, Yogendra Yadav called for constructive agenda-setting for the 2019 elections in stark contrast to the mandi-masjid and blame game politics […]Read more "JAI KISAN ANDOLAN, ICAN2019 AND A NEW ALTERNATIVE FOR 2019"
In a notification dated April 15th, 2018 the Information & Broadcasting Ministry invited Request for Proposals(tenders) for a Social-media Communications Hub. The social media communications hub among other things, provides for the creation of devoted data analytics team, which would collect and analyse information on the social media about various ‘influencers’ and ‘people who create […]Read more "Minister Rathore: Please don’t snoop about my Facebook page"
What can a taxi ride in an alien country really tell you? Not much perhaps, unless you take it with Jafar Panahi, the unconventional taxi-driver on the streets of Tehran, a critically acclaimed filmmaker, who has ceaselessly challenged the norm and made movies which sometimes show the Iranian government in bad light. He does it […]Read more "Taxi Tehran(2015): A movie review"