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Readers Write In #322: Bye Bye Miss American Pie

January 11, 2021


(by Madan Mohan) Don McLean wrote the iconic American Pie as a lament addressed to the events at Altamont, where pandemonium broke out between fans and Hell’s Angels (private bodyguards of sorts) as Rolling Stones performed their set at a music festival and also as a general critique of what he saw as accelerating cultural […]

Rajinikanth turns 70: A filmic political journey through the Superstar’s punch lines

December 11, 2020

70 Surely one part of him always knew this day would come? Otherwise, it’s too much of a coincidence to see two decades-worth of such pointed punch lines. Happy milestone birthday, Superstar Rajinikanth. So you’ve finally done it. You’re making the jump. This time, it’s really happening, say the headlines. Having seen the announcement on […]

Readers Write In #297: In defense of Nehru

November 13, 2020


(by G Waugh) “Kalam sir, please come back and save us” “Share if you want to see Dr.Kalam’s name in Indian rupee notes instead of Gandhi” The fact that there are postswith the above lines that populate social media every now and then, is one of the reasons why I was forced to write this […]

Readers Write In #290: The Story of My Experiments with Truth, by MK Gandhi

October 29, 2020


(by G Waugh)  “I discovered that my obsession for having each thing in the right place, each subject at the right time, each word in the right style, was not the well-deserved reward of an ordered mind but just the opposite: a complete system of pretense invented by me to hide the disorder of my […]

Readers Write In #277: First American Presidential Debate 2020 as Reality TV

October 2, 2020


(by Prasanna H) The Real House-Whites of Trump and Biden “Why do celebrities wash their dirty whites in public?” an exasperated Naseeruddin Shah once said. It really makes you wonder, especially when reality TV stars do it more professionally. It is not an exact quote, meaning Naseer would have denied it completely if he were […]

The Discreet Charm of the Savarnas

September 30, 2020


Starting a thread for this short film, with its pointedly Buñuel-ian title. It’s produced by Pa Ranjith’s Neelam Productions and directed by Rajesh Rajamani.

Readers Write In #276: The many shades of Krishna

September 28, 2020


(by G Waugh) “It has been fourteen years. They are your brothers. They did what you wanted them to do. It is only right that you gave them their due” “If you cannot give them half your kingdom, can you consider giving them five towns at least?” “Or if you think five towns is too […]

Readers Write In #249: Free Market and democracy

August 23, 2020


(by G Waugh) The very idea of a free-market economy is often conflated with the idea of true freedom an individual is supposed to enjoy. And the reason why we guys keep writing the about the ‘free-market’ all the time is because it is one most powerful idea that has wreaked the most havoc among […]

Readers Write In #244: America and today’s Islamophobia

August 16, 2020


(by G Waugh) “It’s not radical Islam that worries the US — it’s independence” This was Noam Chomsky, America’s most famous and controversial public intellectual and polemicist. In today’s world where Islamophobia is fast becoming the norm in even relatively secular countries, a short flashback of the role America played in nurturing Islamic terrorism in […]

Readers Write In #242: Gandhi-Nehru: Marriage of Inconvenience

August 14, 2020


(by G Waugh) Gandhi did not believe in industrialization or technology. He thought that machines shall end up depriving man of the strength and vitality he was supposed to derive from manual labour. He thought machines by increasing production, shall multiply human needs and add to his fetish for commodity acquisition. This way he feared […]

The Last Empire – A Short History of Twentieth Century Russia

August 13, 2020


A plug for G Waugh’s book version of his essays on Russia… I would like to announce the launching of my first book – THE LAST EMPIRE – A Short History of Twentieth Century Russia. It is a collection of fifteen essays that chronicle the history of Russia/USSR from 1917 till 1991. The origin and […]

Readers Write In #236: A quick guide to Darwin and Marx

August 1, 2020


(by G Waugh) The focus of the essay will be on how new species of life are created through Darwinian concepts of evolution and how the same concepts were applied to concepts of socio-economic theory by Karl Marx. Every generation of a species tends to produce the same kind of offspring with characteristics identical or […]

Readers Write In #229: Nehru gets left and right!!

July 25, 2020


(by G Waugh) Nations get great leaders quite easier than they get intellectuals. Jawaharlal Nehru was chosen for the position by the Mahatma even if there was not a single area of concurrence between them. Nehru considered himself a mix of both the West and the East and he tried his best to represent the […]

Simplifying CAB and NRC

December 18, 2019


Interview: Sruthi Hariharan

December 28, 2018


Sruthi Hariharan talks to Baradwaj Rangan about how she started her career as a background dancer before falling in love with the process of filmmaking. She talks about how rare it is for an actress in the Kannada film industry to speak her mind and about using art to drive change. The acclaimed actress also […]

Readers Write In #62: Understanding agrarian crisis

December 8, 2018


The following essay will give a brief introduction to the origins of the current agricultural crisis in India. Knowledge of the origins shall serve as an effective background to understand rising farmer unrest all over India. What is Liberalisation/Neoliberalism? India in 1991, in return for financial assistance from IMF and World Bank agreed to implementing […]

Five highlights from Karunanidhi’s film career

August 8, 2018


Read the full article on Film Companion, here: Kalaignar Karunanidhi was an orator, writer, politician – plus, a towering presence in Tamil cinema. Here are five memorable examples of his contribution. Muthuvel Karunanidhi may have been a politician for the bigger part of his life, but his moniker was “kalaignar,” artist. He started out […]

Blog vs Bharatvarsh

August 3, 2017


sai16vicky mentioned something in the Dunkirk thread, and it spawned a few responses. Posting them here, as a new thread, in case you feel like chiming in. sai16vicky August 2, 2017 BR, I have always respected your views on Free Speech (though my stand is different). But with you banning Anuj, I have a question […]

Readers Write In #11: The World Cup that wasn’t

March 23, 2017


India Won! The entire country won! The 11 men on whom hopes of 1.2 Billion people rested made the nation proud. A billion dreams, as someone wrongly said it, was made into reality. People were happy, which is good. However, I have just one problem with it. It seems to me that pride and nationalism […]