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Tolerance 101 for “Grown-Up Kids” in Today’s Alarming Times

(This article was published by Huffington Post India on Aug 8, on this page.) Arnab Goswami has once again uttered outrageous stuff. Though not unusual for him, this time the absurdity of his comments has reached dangerous levels. Now while my baser human instincts urge me to aggressively lambast him, I, like many in this country,… Continue reading Tolerance 101 for “Grown-Up Kids” in Today’s Alarming Times

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How The Constitution Saved Us From The Holy Books

This was published in HuffPost India on Republic Day 2016. Here is the link. Below is an extract: The most significant (and least appreciated) way in which the Constitution affects our lives positively, almost every day, is through the guarantees of equality and freedom it has gifted us all. A woman driving a car, a… Continue reading How The Constitution Saved Us From The Holy Books

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Muslim Characters in Bollywood: The Case for More Iqbals and Less Fanaas

This article was published in HuffPost India on 14 oct 2015. Here is the link. An excerpt: If mainstream Hindi movies increasingly portrayed Muslims as regular Indians leading a “routine Indian life”, it would immensely help in overthrowing the stereotypes that some politicians, extremists and their ilk project. But the depiction of Muslim leads in… Continue reading Muslim Characters in Bollywood: The Case for More Iqbals and Less Fanaas

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Forgive Us Gandhi For We Have Killed

The odd thing about assassins is that they think they have killed you. Mohandas Gandhi was never fond of the Mahatma (the Great Soul) title that India’s people gave him. When the late Richard Attenborough met Jawaharlal Nehru around 1963 to discuss a potential movie on Gandhi, a point that Nehru particularly stressed was to… Continue reading Forgive Us Gandhi For We Have Killed

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Ramayan: A Glorious Saga of Love (Almost)

(This article is dedicated to all those women who grow up in the extremely shackled and patriarchal Indian society and still dare to be bold, independent and free.) It was published in Huffington Post on 17 June 2015. Here is the link. An excerpt: If one really delves into the themes of the epic, there… Continue reading Ramayan: A Glorious Saga of Love (Almost)

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The Ram Masjid Centre for Religious Harmony

A true leader, it is said, leads her or his people to where they should be and not necessarily where they want to be. This day, the 6th of December 2015, will go down in history as one of those days when such leadership was at its most brilliant display. A day when a wise… Continue reading The Ram Masjid Centre for Religious Harmony

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Diwali, Haidar, Vishwaroopam: Religions in Competition

  Last year’s Vishwaroopam and this year’s Haider, as we know, were mired in controversies related to religion: some Muslims accused V’pam of being anti-Muslim and some Hindus deemed Haider to be anti-Hindu (and ‘anti-India’ too, apparently). Seen through rational glasses, however, those were simply attempts by some sections of India’s two main religions to… Continue reading Diwali, Haidar, Vishwaroopam: Religions in Competition

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Heaven on Hearth: Kashmir and Rest of India

(Disclaimer: The Kashmir issue, just like many others plaguing nations, is way too intricate and complex to be discussed in a few hundred words. This article only deals with a few aspects of a few of its aspects.) Once out of school in India, it is strange how several beliefs are shattered as one grows… Continue reading Heaven on Hearth: Kashmir and Rest of India