Category Archives: Politics

Indian Secularism

My friend Reshmi Bhaskaran asked us through her Facebook posting what secularism was? On the face of things, secularism, by its European definition would be the ineffectuality of religion in the affairs of politics and of public life since ideas … Continue reading

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Sociology of Winning Societies, Losing Societies

I am visiting Chennai with mother in what is likely to become an annual affair from now on. My cousin and her family are dedicated doctors to say the least, fantastic in diagnosis and peerless in commitments to patients. Besides, … Continue reading

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BJP and the Twilight of the Idols

In the early thirteenth century, says Richard Eaton, one Mr Ikhtiyar bin Bakhtiyar Khiljee overran Bengal with merely forty horsemen. Lakhhan Sen, the then ruler of Bengal was having his dinner and upon hearing the marauding Afghans, quietly fled without … Continue reading

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Ease of Doing Business

I never say no to invitations except when they are on Sundays. The Sunday is a difficult day for us because the dog sitter is on leave and we have to stay back with Georgie, our pet. But this time, … Continue reading

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In Adda With A RSS Scholar

Madhusree and I are part of a Bengali adda which takes place once a month on a Sunday. Like all Bengali addas, it is the adda which is important and while pretending to be only a group for pure conversation, … Continue reading

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Amma – Empress of Tamil Nadu

So the deed was done; in the days of the early autumn of 2014, Ms Jayalalitha, the ruling Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu was sentenced to four years of imprisonment on charges of corruption. Ms Jayalalitha, or Amma as she … Continue reading

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Muddleheaded Middle Class

The Khirkee episode reminds me of a similar incident about seven years ago in Dayalbagh. In those days Dayalbagh was only a fifth as full as it is today and with new buildings coming up the neighbourhood was upbeat about … Continue reading

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Politics of Sexuality – Article 377

India’s is the world’s longest written Constitution that way back in 1950 assured equality and liberty to women, poor, illiterate, homeless, orphans, oppressed and the marginalized . Yet, as is revealed, a core of repressive conservatism remained in the form … Continue reading

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Social Class In Delhi Elections

Facebook sites are agog with slogans, Nikalo aaj makaano se, jung ladho beimano se..exhorting citizens to vote for the candidates in the Delhi elections. The mainstay of the present elections seems to be corruption, thanks to the presence of the … Continue reading

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The Death of A Stunt Biker – Divine Justice

I don’t like deaths and especially the unnatural ones. I don’t like accidents or murders and much worse, I hate suicides and executions. The only reason I oppose the death penalty is because I cannot stand the gore of someone … Continue reading

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