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Compliant…

Compliant…

A national distraction A national auction Your money for your patriotism Your hand on your heart Feet on clouds of fervour Head completely emptied Cocooned by propaganda Cushioned by heart’s-talk Robbed of all volition A slave to wild hope And daydreams of destiny Craven, coward, compliant Complicit in a conspiracy Masquerading as a country Pic: […]






The Demon Is Here To Stay

The Demon Is Here To Stay

India is grappling with a new alphabet. A is for ATM ka line. B is for Black Money. C is for Cash. Or rather for the lack of Currency. D is for Demonetisation. D is also for overwhelming Distress across the country. E is for Extreme measures. H is for Heart Attack. N is for Nation. […]






Why Are Bollywood Actresses Afraid Of The F-Word?

Why Are Bollywood Actresses Afraid Of The F-Word?

Lisa Haydon was the latest some time back to join the bandwagon of Bollywood actresses who say, “I’m not a feminist.”   Vidya Balan has said it too, so has Madhuri Dixit and many others.  So why are Bollywood actresses so scared of the F-word? I do accept the fact that people could have different […]






How Hate Trumped The World

How Hate Trumped The World

The US elections saddened me beyond belief.  I didn’t know that an election process in a part of the world so far away from mine would impact me to such an extent. Truth be told, it has. I’ve considered myself an optimist and have always banked on the hope that the world is slowly gaining momentum towards […]






Who Pays The Price For “The Greater Good?”

Who Pays The Price For “The Greater Good?”

When a television serial right in the middle of an innocuous narrative about a controlling mother and an independent daughter-in-law weaves in a little banter about demonitisation with one of the characters hailing it, when a plug inserted between ads on FM radio says, “Desh ko line pe laana hai toh line mein lagiye” and […]






Black Days…

Black Days…

My baby She woke up crying For the fifth time, tonight I gathered her in my lap and put the bottle into her mouth At 18 months, she does not understand black money, demonetization or national interest. *** Meanwhile, three men died in the queue, waiting for their daily share Of 2000 rupees, which would pay […]






Whose Code Is It Anyway?

Whose Code Is It Anyway?

Let’s begin with a story. A poor woman, a mother of five, is divorced by her husband. Uneducated, with no means of income to support her, she approaches the court for alimony to keep her body and soul together and take care of her children. After the usual delay that the legal procedure is wont […]






Donald Trump And The Power Of Hate

Donald Trump And The Power Of Hate

The important thing to learn from this time in human history is that appealing to people’s better judgement, their higher selves, their intelligence and sense of decency and right and wrong no longer works. If you appeal to their baser selves, their misogyny and irrationality, their hatred for the loathed ‘others’ (be they women, the […]






No, Karan Johar Did Not Sell The Nation, We Did  

No, Karan Johar Did Not Sell The Nation, We Did  

How easy it is to judge folks whose shoes we have not walked in. The largely lonely battle Karan Johar fought to save his film from hyper nationalist bullies and his desperate video which I could not bring myself to watch, the patriotism tax of Rs five crore and the backlash that followed did not […]






Beyond Karan Johar And The Politics Of Barbed Wire

Beyond Karan Johar And The Politics Of Barbed Wire

  American satirist Sarah Silverman recently sat down with New Yorker’s editor Andy Borowitz  and said that Trump was infact a mirror of a section of the American society that believes in the xenophobic, narrow version of American nationalism. A nationalism that hates, excludes and wants to always be ‘Number One.” In what she asked, […]






Why Women Don’t Matter

Why Women Don’t Matter

In 1987, Roopkuvarba Kanwar, a Rajput woman was celebrated by a huge number of people in her community for committing Sati at Deorala village of Sikar district in Rajasthan. She was just 18 and had been married for just eight months to one Maal Singh Shekhawat. Thousands of people watched her immolation into a heap of […]






The Shade Card Of Prejudice

The Shade Card Of Prejudice

Kaale kale pig pe peeli peeli daant”, reads the letter somebody placed inside my desk. It takes my eight-year old mind a few seconds to process the message scribbled in pencil. To realise, that because of my plump build and dark complexion, I am the aforementioned “kaala pig with the peeli daant” to some of […]






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