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RSS: Fascism and Racism Under India’s Sky

RSS: Fascism and Racism Under India’s Sky

One should not dismiss the odious statements from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its Sangh Parivar, and say that they are spewing venom. One should not dismiss Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s remark, at a rally, that Hindu and Muslim cultures cannot coexist, and the calls of another speaker at the same rally for Muslim […]

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One Year of Demonetization’s Failure in India

One Year of Demonetization’s Failure in India

Last year, just a few days before the dreaded November 8, the day on which Modi’s decree on demonetization came into effect, I was so tired and exhausted of being myself that I decided to quit the overcrowded city in which I live and plunge headlong into the wilderness of the countryside. I spent the […]

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India’s Mutated Nationalism: Gandhi to Modi

India’s Mutated Nationalism: Gandhi to Modi

I finished writing a collection of short-stories, which has appeared as Kafka Sutra, almost after a year of turmoil and obsessive work, in February 2016. Three or four days after I secretly mailed the manuscript to my editors, I still remember how the news left me aghast when I sat down to eat my dinner with the […]

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Whose War Are We Fighting in Kashmir?

Whose War Are We Fighting in Kashmir?

The veteran war correspondent and novelist Humra Quraishi, in her Kashmir: The Untold Story (2004), writes about a heart-breaking incident that seems to be handpicked from a Kim Ki Duk thriller. The story goes on like this. Sometime in March 2003, a 22-year old Japanese ophthalmology student named Koichiro Takata arrived in Srinagar. The young […]

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Indian Cricket: Corruption Runs Deep

Indian Cricket: Corruption Runs Deep

Cricket, especially its neoliberal variant the Indian Premier League (IPL), is in a thick soup of corruption. The two main accused, Raj Kundra and Gurunath Meiyappan, have been suspended for life. Further, their teams Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) have been banned for two years. Back in the summer of 2013, players, […]

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