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The Myth of India as a Superpower

The Myth of India as a Superpower

The verdict of the world press is finally out: India, they say, is no longer a poor, despicable country as depicted by orientalist European cinema and novels but is now a superpower. To strengthen their argument, they show us India’s nuclear arsenal. If this does not suffice, they show us that the wealth of the […]

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College Street, Kolkata: Where Life and Dreams Merge In Books

College Street, Kolkata: Where Life and Dreams Merge In Books

Books, first and foremost, must disturb, provoke, and yes, unmake me. For me, reading is as important as watching open-blue skies, electric poles with stray crows of afternoon and patches of white clouds that resemble bales of cotton. I suppose I was lucky or smart enough to find College Street while I was young, because […]

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India’s Modi Rewrites History for a Punitive State

India’s Modi Rewrites History for a Punitive State

United States Secretary of State John Kerry visited India in July 2014, and we know why. American officials don’t like to waste their time. The reason for the visit was simple. At present, the trade volume of the US with India is around $100 billion, and Mr. Kerry wants to enhance it to $500 billion. […]

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Poetry Is a Tunnel, a Forest in the Human Heart

Poetry Is a Tunnel, a Forest in the Human Heart

As I move down the streets, where the fog from the sky melts with the dust, the streets become hazy…. And this reminds me of my own soul — The perennially hazy evening that my soul is. I still remember the afternoon when one of my boisterous uncles, perhaps out of concern, said to me, […]

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The Moral Economy of India: Modi as the Anti-Gandhi

The Moral Economy of India: Modi as the Anti-Gandhi

Anyone familiar with Nietzsche’s writings would observe that, apart from the fact that he wrote diverse fragments on almost everything that constitutes existence, he often contradicted himself. Nonetheless he was, here and there, remarkably consistent when it came to hating Jews, women, feminists and socialists. His writings are filled with malicious sentiments against them. For […]

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