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"
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"
Unless you have been living under a rock, it is highly unlikely that you haven’t heard of the demonetization of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes from the economy. You might have found yourself lining up infront of the banks to get your notes exchanged for new ones. If you are India’s Pablo Escobar, you […]Read more "Demonetisation Doomsday"
I write this blogpost today, consciously aware of the fact that the anti-Pakistan rhetoric and feelings in India has reached a crescendo, with all a parties throwing their weight around the recent surgical strikes carried out across the LOC. Bollywood has banned Pakistani actors from acting in India, India has said no to all talks […]Read more "Pak Indica : The story no one is telling"