Yet another open letter! To Bhakts, trolls and faux nationalists

I do not have a direct pipeline to God, but I promise, I will pray for your speedy mental recovery and ask him to finally give you what makes us human – a mind and a heart, for you to discover those alien things called thoughts and emotions, that can lead you to feeling empathy for fellow humans.

How I ‘misused’ my non-NET fellowship

Amit is a former JNU research scholar. After a meeting on 23 October 2015 the Union Grants Commission (UGC), the apex decision making body on higher education in India, had decided to scrap… Continue reading

I am forced to hang my head in shame ः Admiral (retired) L Ramdas

Honourable Mr President, Honourable Mr Prime Minister, you have both sworn to honour the right of every single citizen to freedom of speech, worship, association as brilliantly articulated in the Indian Constitution. As a former serviceman and a veteran, like you, I too have promised to uphold the same constitution. It is our bounden duty that the elected Government of this nation must honour the rights of every citizen of this land as amply spelled out in the Preamble of the Constitution and further elaborated in the Directive Principles of state policy. As Supreme Commander and the Chief Executive – this is what you must ensure and implement by all the powers vested in you by the people of India.

Cast(e) in Iron

There is a possibility, though very bleak, that the government may consider bringing the entire reservation policy under major review. Assessment of a policy is a routine matter in the government, but considerably changing its orientation is quite another. In a society where caste continues to be a definitive characteristic feature, the probability of the reservation policy being modified to exclude the presently included or significantly change the criteria of inclusion seems far-fetched.

भाजपा के ‘फ़्लॉप’ सितारे

अनुपम जी यह बात नहीं बताना चाहते हैं. उन्हें यह बताना चाहिए कि बिहारी सिनेमा-टीवी के घोर उपभोक्ता हैं और भाजपा के दर्जन भर से अधिक केंद्रीय मंत्री और आस-पड़ोस के राज्यों के दिग्गज बिहार में कई सप्ताह से जमे हुए हैं. और, यह कि इसके बावज़ूद पार्टी का प्रचार ढीला है. इसे राजनीतिक दृष्टिकोण से देखा जाना चाहिए, न कि कुछ रुपयों के लिए प्रचार करने आये सिने-कलाकारों की असफलता के रूप में.

Contested Waters, Shrinking Livelihoods: Critical Issues in Trans-boundary River Sharing in South Asia

Whether the waters in South Asia can be characterized by ‘shared commonalities’ or whether transnational consensus must precede localized or unilateral policy interventions do not constitute the primary axis of the debate. The developmental discourse in this regard seems to have perpetuity, at least in terms of policy mindsets, which transcends boundaries and reduces the issue to usage of water for so-called ‘national’ purposes and considers the deleterious effects as being the sine qua non of development. Additionally, policy interventions in water are paradigmatically ‘statist’, ‘top-bottom’ and non-participatory having scant regard for complex issues such as loss of culture and livelihoods.


The social and political scenario of our beloved country is worsening with every passing day. Right wing forces have polarized nation in the name of religion, caste and ethnicity for political gains. Dissent is systematically crushed and rational thinkers and writers are threatened and brutally killed in broad daylight.

हिंसक अमेरिकी संस्कृति

ओरेगॉन की घटना से कुछ ही दिन पहले राष्ट्रपति ओबामा संयुक्त राष्ट्र में कह रहे थे कि अमेरिका अकेले दुनिया की समस्याओं को हल नहीं कर सकता है. यह उनकी सीमा के बोध की अभिव्यक्ति नहीं थी, बल्कि एक लापरवाह अहंकार था. दशकों से दुनिया कह रही है कि समस्याओं का समाधान बहुत हद तक सिर्फ़ इस बात से हो जाएगा कि अमेरिका सबके फटे में नाक घुसाना बंद कर दे. यही उपाय उसकी आंतरिक परेशानियों का भी हल है. उसकी हिंसक और संवेदनहीन जीवन और राजनीति का भयावह परिणाम विश्व भी भुगत रहा है और उसका अपना समाज भी.

Indo-Africa Summit: Revival of diplomatic legacy

If the short-term future lies with the Asia; long-term growth and development is bound to depend on the African continent. This potential region has the capacity to support the juggernaut of Asian progress. India, having this context into consideration, rightly made a move to extend cooperation toward Africa through the Indo-Africa Forum, a well thought-out program and diplomatic move, to establish better understanding with the second most populous region on this planet.

बिहार का व्यवस्थित शोषण

प्रधानमंत्री को अगर बिहार की जरूरत का अहसास होता, तो वे सवा लाख करोड़ की जगह पांच लाख करोड़ के पैकेज की घोषणा करते. अगर प्रधानमंत्री बिहार के सच का सामना नहीं करना चाहते हैं और समुचित कदम उठाने में हिचक रहे हैं, तो उनकी सोच और समझ पर गंभीर सवाल खड़े होते हैं. जरूरत इस बात की है कि बिहार के दोहन का सिलसिला रूके और उसका उचित हिस्सा राज्य को दिया जाए.

Bajrangi: Not A Review

It’s a belief in innocence. It’s a cry for turning the clock back. It’s a want for getting back to your roots. There would be a million eyes across the North who yearn to go and see that wooden door through which their childhood flew into manhood overnight.