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"
A year and half back I wrote my first blogpost about Kashmir, where I dealt in brief with the chequered history of Kashmir, the cause of anguish among the common populace and possible solutions. A year and half later, not much has changed, one might argue they have become worse. The conflict in Kashmir which […]Read more "Book Review: ‘Kashmir : A case for freedom’"
Following is a work of fiction, which is one of my first attempts to write a short-story. It was a night darker than any in living memory in the small non-descript town of Berhampur. The cold chill of the predawn was just setting and the Railway station stuck out like a sore thumb, surrounded by […]Read more "The tale of two partitions"
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 ?"