I write because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, said George Orwell. As a writer, I never kowtow to the whims and dictates of the sacred godmen or godwomen, the political bigots and hypocrites, dealers of laymen, the dishonest and self-serving intellectuals, traders of religions, the betrayers of ‘other’ Indians who eke out a living by their sweat, who are living in fear for being lynched for this and that.

Rethinking Lenin

According to Lenin, imperialism is not the result of nationalist values, ideas or policies but of concrete economic imperatives. His understanding is the way of understanding international politics today.

What we miss at Basanta Utsav

Basanta Utsav is held each year in March on the Full moon day of Falgun. Spring is welcomed through music and dances. It literally means the ‘celebration of spring’.

The Myth of Damaging Identity Politics

There are two definitions of identity politics. The first is the effort to secure the rights denied to some on the basis of their identity—defensive identity politics. The second is that which seeks domination on the basis of identity—aggressive identity politics. Aggressive identity politics espoused by the majority is thought to be ‘natural and benign’. And identity politics, as practised by the blacks, the Asians, the minorities and the disadvantaged, is thought to be ‘dangerous, indulgent and damaging’.

Patanjali is not the only one in promoting unscientific health system

It is saddening that the government is not only apathetic towards irrational ideas on health on the contrary is subtly promoting them. Use of Cow urine, Astrology in the hospitals, the ‘Garbh Vigyan Sanskar’ by Arogya Bharti advising couples to recite Shlokas so as to have customized  babies of their choice – the Uttam Santati are few examples.

It’s Not Capitalism… It’s MONEYISM!!

Regardless of how politically or historically astute a person is, if he or she does not have the funds needed to first enter and then conduct a campaign…” Money talks..!” This sad reality trickles down to even local political contests.