The general elections are a mere two months away, and parties everywhere are getting ready to battle it out in the biggest contest in India. These elections are largely going to be a vote on PM Modi's policies and whether he deserves a second term; or whether he gets booted out. And since someone needs … Continue reading Modi’s Report Card, Subject: Economics
The Sabarimala conflict has grabbed the nation's attention ever since the Supreme Court lifted the restriction of entry to women between the ages of 10 to 50 (the menstrual age). Day after day it has been on the headlines, with the story unfolding rapidly and spiraling out of control. Many an article has been penned … Continue reading Sabarimala: Patriarchy Or Tradition?
So the results are out for all to see, and there are several things to talk about, but I'll do that later. Let's dissect it statewise now. If you know the results, just skip ahead to my analysis. Also, I wrote another post before the elections, looking at opinion polling. This will be a followup … Continue reading Watch On Democracy: Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh, Telangana, And Mizoram
Sorry it's been so long since I last wrote. I won't try to make excuses, but now that I am back, let's jump straight into the title. And there's a whole bunch of elections coming up in India, so it's good meat for me to devour. Let's begin! State number one: Chhattisgarh. Chhattisgarh goes to … Continue reading Watch On Democracy: Chhattisgarh, M.P., Rajasthan, Mizoram, Telangana
India's grand old party, scion of greats like Gandhi, Nehru, and Patel, opponent of greats like Ambedkar, Periyar, and Rajagopalachari, and definitely the maker of modern India, the Indian National Congress is today dysfunctional, and in severe need of a fix. With the 2019 elections coming up, it is the optimal time to reform the … Continue reading How Do We Fix The Congress?
One of Jawaharlal Nehru's three classics, Glimpses of World History is a masterpiece of writing. At 1,100 pages, this is not a light read at all, and delves deep into history. These are actually letters from Nehru to his daughter over 18 months from 1932-1933. The book is extremely readable in its language, in that … Continue reading Book Summary: Glimpses of World History
Yesterday Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu was arrested on a non-bailable warrant by the Maharashtra police. This was related to a protest he had participated in 8 years ago, about the Babli reservoir on the Godavari in Maharashtra (he fought it on the grounds that it would adversely affect AP (still undivided) citizens. And so … Continue reading Modi, How Far Are You Willing To Go?
The general elections are less than ten months away, and any smart party knows that it is this time that is crucial for winning swing votes. In wake of the recent bandh called on by all opposition parties to protest extremely high fuel prices, the important question is: how does the bandh effectively reduce prices? … Continue reading Rising Fuel Prices
Respected Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra, Thank you for doing that which no government and no prime minister in 71 years has had the spine to do, Thank you for standing up to all those who opposed people's rights, Thank you for … Continue reading Thank You For Striking Down 377
Let me get this out of the way first. I am an atheist. I was born into a Hindu family, was a Hindu for 14 years, and then decided to become an atheist. It has not been a full year since I left belief. I am still 14. But I made that decision, and I … Continue reading Ask For Proof