Politics


Raj, The Puppeteer Politics

I am not sure if my forefathers liked the Raj or not (my father surely didn’t), but it seems that bypassing my father the genes of ‘Raj love’ managed to sneak into my system. I like all things ‘Raj’, including its Thackeray version. This bespectacled, boyish man looks like a hardboiled, nicely-fried and thoroughly cooked politician who has taken upon himself to give the new...

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Terrorism: Force is no remedy, Mr. Modi Law / Politics

“They are not concerned about innocent people dying but are more concerned about innocents getting caught,” lamented Modi recently. Yes, Mr. Modi, that’s the priority and it’s certainly not misplaced. Innocents caught and punished howsoever mildly can only lead to more innocents getting killed. Perhaps, the saffron hues blind Mr. Modi to the unmistakable connection between the two. When innocents get killed, it’s sad, but...

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Gujarat Blasts: Payback Time Law / Politics

Gujarat was rattled with bomb blasts and the headlines cried murder. And then there were our very own netaswith their all too familiar rants about terrorists being a blot in the name of humanity and so on. Not to forget those sickening microphone-wielding TV journalists who walk around proclaiming in their almost-prophetic voices that no religion teaches hatred or endorses killing of the ‘innocents’. Wake...

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Gujarat 2002: The Unforgettable Personal / Philosophy / Politics

Let me start off by admitting that no matter how hard I try I just can’t forget Gujarat 2002. No, I was not personally affected by the pogrom; not even remotely. And, no, I am not a Muslim behind a Hindu pseudonym, in case you are wondering. I am a normal Indian. An average Indian who believes in simple things, and has simple – almost...

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Babaji’s Satyagraha Politics

Democracies are noisy and are also conveniently arithmetical, for they rely on simple process of counting and being counted. If you have the numbers on your side you might justifiably fancy bulldozing virtually anything howsoever sturdy, including the government of the day. A certain Babaji found this particular truth conducive to his dreams and desires. But then, he seemingly missed something crucial. The number game...

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Raj ‘Tyson’ Spears does it again Politics

Raj Thackeray always manages to come up with some very ‘innovative’ ideas when it comes to his favourite sport of North Indian Bashing, which he continues to enjoy enormously and practices tirelessly. Of course, like all sportsmen, he too wishes to make a professional career out of it, and by some estimation he is already half way on the road. So, one could easily picture...

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CBI or CBCC? Humour / Politics

When the CBI top man, Ranjit Sinha, revealed – not much of revelation though no matter how desperately we hoped it wasn’t true – that the CBI had to ‘consult’ the government on certain issues, I began wondering if I really understood what CBI really was and what it was supposed to do. What did he think he was doing showing an investigation report to...

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