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Readers Write In #523: How fiction and non-fiction complemented each other in building my politics

November 14, 2022

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By G Waugh aka Jeeva P Those who introduced me to reading were all people who had no prior experience in non-fiction. As a result, my early reading habit centred around nothing other than fiction. Jeffrey Archer, Arthur Conan Doyle and Charles Dickens were my first three authors. By this time (in 2011) when I […]

Readers Write In #517: The Impossibility of A Uniform Civil Code

October 21, 2022

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By ​Aman Basha Thoughts on the discussion about the Impossibility of Indo-Islamic Reform A few days earlier, I had written about what I perceived as the Impossibility of Indo Islamic Reform and tried to draw ideas for the ideal medium of reform taking the life and work of Hamid Dalwai as a counter example. The […]

Interview: Pa Ranjith (Completing 10 years, ‘Natchathiram Nagargiradhu’)

August 25, 2022

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Readers Write In #478: India@75: Thoughts on the State of Indian Politics

August 24, 2022

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By Aman Basha Some reflections on Indian politics as Indian independence turns 75 As India celebrates its 75th Independence Day, it’s incredible just how farcical Indian politics has become in recent months. Two state governments collapsed, one born out of a pre poll alliance and the other out of a post poll alliance. The Maharashtra […]

Readers Write In #455: Kashmir Files Part II

April 4, 2022

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By Aman Basha Part II of this piece: https://baradwajrangan.wordpress.com/2022/03/20/readers-write-in-452/ The continuation and conclusion of my Interview with Ahmed Ali Fayyaz Q: Some people attribute the 1990 Exodus as it happened to have been caused by a political game played by Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, the Union Home Minister then, to undercut Farooq Abdullah by bringing Jagmohan […]

Readers Write In #452: The Kashmir Files

March 20, 2022

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By Aman Basha The release of the film the Kashmir Files has created an atmosphere of debate, discussion, argument and accusation everywhere from the political sphere to colleges to living rooms, blogs and of course Twitter. In this atmosphere where so much was said and so little made sense, created by the success of director […]

Readers Write In #439: Continuing the ‘Kadaisi Vivasayi’ comments thread on farming

February 11, 2022

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By gnanaozhi So the comment thread on Kadaisi Vivasai was an interesting one so i figured, let’s do a data dump and study agriculture in India the way it is, and from the eyes of the farmer. Fun fact to begin with? 90% of farmers surveyed in a NSSO survey DID NOT want their children […]

Readers Write In #418: Why Modi is the most popular PM in independent India and why the BJP wins and will continue to win. The real answers.

October 30, 2021

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(by gnanaozhi) The real reason Modi and the BJP sweep elections and his popularity levels are almost continuously high. Whenever there is an analysis of Mr Modi and his tenure, the common buzz words describing his rise and continued stay at the top would be “ divisive”, “Hindu Nazi”, “ Communal” etc etc but these […]

Readers Write In #417: Decoding the Modi Phenomenon

October 29, 2021

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(by Aman Basha) As the highly popular and deeply divisive prime minister visits the White House, understanding his rise and relevance. Morning Consult conducts global surveys to determine the popularity and approval ratings of leaders across the world in their home countries. Through the ensuing chaos of 2020 and 21, one could see wild swings […]

Interview: Vijay (A spoilery deep dive into the art of dramatising JJ’s life)

September 13, 2021

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Readers Write In #406: Why Nehru was a horrible “founding father”

September 11, 2021

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(by Sudharshan Garg) Aman had posted a Reddit post (which I had rebutted in a detailed manner. Will repost it here) Let me start out with the easy way, the “positives” as listed ZERO civil wars ( China, Mexico, SL) Why is this “Nehrus achievement” now? Look up our history, starting say 500 bce from when […]

Readers Write In #400: Lessons from a Grandmother to her Grandchildren

August 24, 2021

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(by Aman Basha) What Rahul and Priyanka ought to take from 1960s Indira Gandhi to get the Congress its groove back An India suffers its worst crises since Independence, two years after a conflict at the border with Pakistan, there are still high tensions after a conflict with China, Hindu Muslim tensions rear their ugly […]

Interview: Pa Ranjith (A spoilery deep dive into the art, craft, and politics of ‘Sarpatta Parambarai’)

August 2, 2021

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Readers Write In #370: The Josef Stalin Story

May 29, 2021

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(by G Waugh) DISCLAIMER: This essay is a humble attempt to recount whatever I had read recently in historian Isaac Deutscher’s definitive book- Stalin, A Political Biography. There will be plenty of events here which I have discussed already in my series of essays in this blog titled The Russian Revolution. I really request my […]

Readers Write In #349: A case against the current system of elections

March 26, 2021

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(by G Waugh) Assume that you are a social activist. You belong to an area where a chemical factory keeps sending harmful effluents to the local water bodies and other sources of water for public use. In addition, the workers who are employed there have also been exposed to harmful radiation and many of them […]

Readers Write In #322: Bye Bye Miss American Pie

January 11, 2021

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(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

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https://www.filmcompanion.in/features/tamil-features/rajinikanth-birthday-70-a-filmic-political-journey-through-the-superstars-punch-lines-tamil-movies-muthu-baasha-padayappa-baradwaj-rangan/ 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

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(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

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(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

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(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 […]