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Ram Guha and the Idea of India

As an Indian citizen, the present times give me much cause for worry. Just when we thought Indian society is on the way to getting more mature in terms of prioritizing issues, there has been an unfortunate rise of low-level politics and intolerant societal attitudes. The ‘idea of India’ has suffered from numerous setbacks. It is… Continue reading Ram Guha and the Idea of India

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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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‘The Story of Civilization’ by C.E.M. Joad – A Sweet Short Profound Book

“… being civilized mean[s] making and liking beautiful things, thinking freely, and living rightly and maintaining justice equally between man and man. Man has a better chance today to do these things than he ever had before.” CEM Joad’s The Story of Civilization is one of the best examples of the cliche that awesome things come in small… Continue reading ‘The Story of Civilization’ by C.E.M. Joad – A Sweet Short Profound Book

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Gandhi and Chauri Chaura, and What We Can Learn From It Today

Reproducing this from my Facebook post: This February an important anniversary went past us without much commemoration: the withdrawal of the Non-cooperation Movement by Gandhi in Feb 1922. While many alternative theories are put forward to explain why Gandhi withdrew such a ‘successful’ anti-colonial movement (including the assumption that he was ‘protecting capitalist interests’), it… Continue reading Gandhi and Chauri Chaura, and What We Can Learn From It Today

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Dear Privileged Lower Caste Folks, It’s Time We Gave Up Our Quotas

This article was published in the Huffington Post on 26 Feb 2016. Here is the link. An excerpt: But we do need to ask ourselves, as citizens of India, if we have played our part well. Much social friction and hostility occur due to building up of resentment over time. As was obvious during the… Continue reading Dear Privileged Lower Caste Folks, It’s Time We Gave Up Our Quotas

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JNU: Holding On to Common Sense and Humanity in Times of Violent Nationalism

This article was published in HuffPost India on 20 Feb 2016. Here is the link. Following is an excerpt: With respect to the current issue of ‘anti-India’ words, I find it absurd that some citizens believe India can even be insulted, that too by a bunch of overzealous university youths. If there is anything insulting,… Continue reading JNU: Holding On to Common Sense and Humanity in Times of Violent Nationalism

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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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Why I Reflexively Hit the Donate Button for Nepal

This article was published in HuffPost India on 06 May 2015. Here is the link. Below is an extract: If not for anything else, it is for the hope of creating marvellous stories that we should donate — to Nepal now, and to any and every other community in need in the future. The stories… Continue reading Why I Reflexively Hit the Donate Button for Nepal