Letter to the PM, from nowhere

Dear Sir, We are neither left nor right, not even anywhere in the centre. We do not have any party of our own. We do not have a fixed status. Our position is dubious in the society. Economically we don`t even exist. We are not even

2006, 2011, 2016: An expression of helplessness

Graffiti declaring ‘rebellion’ had coloured the newly constructed walls of the girls` hostel of one of the colleges of Delhi University (DU). Candlelight marches had become a way of protesting ‘injustice’ and India Gate an

When public display of emotions by politicians is assuring

It is rare for the politicians or public officials display emotions on television, and rarer for Indian politicians to even modulate their voices to reflect the issues they seek to articulate. It is handed down the ages that a displ

Word of the Year: Identity

In the year 2015, world witnessed many occasions that made us question our ‘being’. The thing that defines us into who we are, what we believe in and what we think is worth pursuing. this year, on accou

Surviving Chennai floods: I came back to my apartment after 19 days

The city is struggling to return to normalcy after massive devastation. Those with means are managing to start from scratch in life, while those lacking sufficient money are fighting to establish one’s home and even to make en

RBI under RTI scanner

In what will be described as a landmark judgment in the history of the implementation of the Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act), the supreme court of India has thrown out hook, line and sinker. It has rejected the plea of the Reserve Bank of

Why is Cong making such noise over a court case?

Court summons to Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in National Herald case have become a political issue.  Congress on Tuesday forced adjournment of both houses of parliament with party members in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha storming into the

Will our politicians buy from Flipkartís Sachin and lift India?

Will our politicians learn from bitter rivals in business and put focus back on India? During nearly month-long session of parliament starting tomorrow, around 30 bills, including GST and real estate regulation bills, are slated to

We are a republic of the monarchs

Writing for Frontier in 1983, noted political theorist and commentator Partha Chatterjee remarked that India has quietly built a system in which "to the accompaniment of the full fanfare of democratic process" it elects its own monarchs.

Is it okay to hope that `jungle raj` will not return to Bihar?

The raja is back in Bihar with a new partner. Today, Nitish Kumar was sworn in as the chief minister of Bihar for the fifth time, with Lalu Prasad Yadav and Rahul Gandhi as partners. After breaking with BJP, Nitish Kumar took on pri

Paris, Belgium, India, Pakistan and the graffiti of hatred

Ten years back a group of visiting Indian women journalists were in for a shock in Brussels. Drooling over the taste of delicious Belgian chocolates that they had tasted and bought from the metro subway store for carrying home, they saw the huge a

My emotions are confused - an emoji is replacing my word

Often we are let down by the words that we chose. In this modern era it is technology that is failing us. May be this explains why Oxford Dictionaries announced on Tuesday that the emoji, commonly known as `Face with Tears of Joy`, is its word of

Goodbye, Sir

Ved Bhasin, chairman, Kashmir Times, who breathed his last on Thursday at Jammu at the age of 86, is credited with institutionalizing journalism in Jammu and Kashmir. Many a big names in Indian journalism today owe their careers to Bhasin, who was

Tolerance and Respect for Economic Progress

Convocation address by Dr. Raghuram Rajan, Governor, Reserve Bank of India at the IIT Delhi Convocation, October 31, 2015

Encouraging signs in Bihar

Amid opinion polls and media blitzkriegs, it is hard to segregate the real mood and emotion of an electorate. This is even more profound in Bihar politics.  The state has gone through two phases of polling and trends have shown encouraging so

Judges may well be preserving the hopes of citizens with rejection

Nobody is perfect. But the notion of hope in the delivery of justice is what the supreme court has tried preserve with the verdict on judges appointments commission (NJAC). The legislature is inaccessible, the executive is faceless

Mistaken sense of `sacred and profane`

"The Elementary Forms of Religious Life" is an important text by French sociologist Émile Durkheim -- at least for those who live in today`s India, when rationality is so much cowed (pun intended) down by the bigots of different h

Bihar needs to cast out its past and go for development agenda

Should caste make sense when development brings a generation of changes? Is Lalu Prasad Yadav relevant in Bihar? Bihar may not change overnight but it can make an attempt in this assembly elections. The state did try to make a break

Saving the young India skillfully

BT is to stop using Indian call centres. This could be just any other news item.  But the news says more about India’s education system than closure one business unit. BT is closing its call centre because its customers h


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