A vitriolic debate is raging throughout the country, especially in the Hindi-heartland. At the epicenter of this debate is the new Sanjay Leela Bansali film- Padmavati starring Deepika and Ranveer, a fictitious adaptation of the legend of Rani Padmini/Padmavati. In India for long we have sparred over history, how it should be told and more […]Read more "Padmavati : Behind the purdah of piety"
A huge humanitarian crisis seems to be unfolding on our north-eastern border. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas, who have been living in Myanmar since the pre-colonial days are leaving their homeland in search of refuge from the Government(read military) of Myanmar. The crisis is being described by several International agencies including the UN Secretary-General as […]Read more "Preventing a Pogrom: Why Rohingya Lives matter ?"
About a month ago, a video-clip emanated from Kashmir, which shook the nation (or at least it should have). In the video, shot clandestinely from what appears to be a cell-phone camera, an Indian Army cavalcade (comprising of a gypsy and an armoured vehicle) is seen passing by. However what is disconcerting about the video […]Read more "Brave India: Towards a martial society"
One of the most significant determinants of Indian Politics since the beginning of this millennium has been the burgeoning reach of the social media. Social media has become a force to reckon with, and the political fortunes of many a political parties and social movements can be attributed to this network. Not just in India, […]Read more "In Defence of the Vanguard : Gandhi (II)"
Amongst the many conflicts that we encounter in the public life of India today, is the conflict of history. The past few years have seen a proliferation in debates about historical personalities, and whether or not they deserve the veneration they command. Be it the Tipu Sultan debate in Karnataka or the ubiquitous Aurungzeb vs. […]Read more "In Defence of the Vanguard: Gandhi and Nehru"
Today is World Poetry Day. I have always believed that poetry has the power to heal rifts and convey a message, like rational speech never can. I am no poet, but the events in the recent past have moved me to write. A disclaimer, poetry is about emotions and not about arguments or legal niceties. […]Read more "The Muezzin’s Yogi"
Let the goddess not be a mere consort, living at the whims and fancies of the Indian God, let her be truly powerful.Read more "The Abused Indian Goddess and The Rainbow Man"