Why is Hinduism and PM Modi solely responsible for rapes in India?

  It is always strange to see people with little or no idea about India or Hinduism try to conjure up theories on how India works via their assumptions. Pakistani Shaan Khan kicked off a minor storm through her article in the Daily Beast - 'What's Really Behind India's Rape Crisis' To be clear, there… Continue reading Why is Hinduism and PM Modi solely responsible for rapes in India?

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What will it take for the BJP to reform India?

In 2014 the Bharatiya Janata Party gained a complete majority in India’s Lower House of Parliament, called the Lok Sabha, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi - who promised sweeping developmental reforms. But after 22 months, the reforms remain all talk and no trousers. Within the BJP, there appears a distinct lack of… Continue reading What will it take for the BJP to reform India?

When a Historian and a Principal bickered over a dead dhabawalla

It is always amusing to see grown adults with serious and stately titles bicker over the pettiest of things. Clearly education and prestige are not a barrier to snide remarks and tearful harangues. Before we get into the play, let us have a look at the main characters. Ramachandra Guha is considered by some to… Continue reading When a Historian and a Principal bickered over a dead dhabawalla

Five times ‘peaceful’ Bengaluru went wild

There is a great amount of discussion right now about the racist attacks on several African men and women in Hessargatta in Bengaluru. The Tanzanian student was beaten and then stripped by a group of locals in Bengaluru after they assumed she was part of an incident in which a Sudanese man had run over… Continue reading Five times ‘peaceful’ Bengaluru went wild

Instagram: The strange world of shout-outs and ‘brothers’

As a recent joinee to the wonderful world of Instagram, I must admit I find its odd world of food pictures and endless selfies captivating. Take the culture of 'shout-outs'. These are accounts whose sole purpose is to collate up pictures of pretty people, so that stalkers do not have to take the effort of scouring Instagram… Continue reading Instagram: The strange world of shout-outs and ‘brothers’