Anand Neelakantan

Dharma’s Judeo-Christian view

The ever-changing dharma of Hinduism hardly depends on any religious text, including the Vedas. It doesn’t depend even on gods.

11 Aug 2018

Lifting Sabarimala Ban is Common Sense

As per the tradition, the deity in Sabarimala, Swami Ayyappa, is a Naishtika Brahmachari, the one who observes staunch celibacy.

04 Aug 2018

Our champions may not ‘spek’ fluent english, but they are still shining stars

Eighteen-year-old Hima Das, daughter of a farmer from Kandhulimari village of Assam, made India proud by winning the gold in the 400 m final at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships.

21 Jul 2018

The Land of Kamasutra has Become the Last Bastion of Victorian-era Conservatism

If you are a woman, you are a potential victim, at home, in the street, in office, in the place of worship or in cyberspace. 

08 Jul 2018

Orderly system is driven by the feudal mentality of our privileged classes

Recently, a police orderly in Kerala accused that he was seriously manhandled by the daughter and wife of a senior IPS officer.

21 Jun 2018

We have become a confused civilisation, but there are some solutions lying in the past

World Environment Day was celebrated recently in the ritualistic fashion as usual. Some saplings were planted here and there, a few politicians gave some cliched speeches.

09 Jun 2018

Our democracy needs a tweak to prevent the rot that is creeping into our society

Most of us were glued to television channels and social media, amused, enraged, sarcastic, hopeless, gloomy, and resigned as the tragicomic drama unfolded in Karnataka.

26 May 2018

A democratic country has no business in giving away awards for arts and literature

Breaking the tradition from 1967 onwards, the honourable President decided to give awards to a randomly selected 11 people of a total of 140 winners.

12 May 2018

Trust from the Heart. Make Compassion and Love the Basis of our National Narrative

One of the most reprehensible crimes happened in our country a few months back. A child was raped and killed by someone in Kashmir.

12 May 2018

Is the Great Jugaad Robbing Us of Creativity and Scientific Invention?

Sage Narada once came to Kailasa with a mango and gifted it to Lord Shiva. The sage claimed one can attain atmabrahmavidya—the knowledge of divine self—by consuming the fruit.

14 Apr 2018

Hindi is side-stepping diversity and trying to creep in through the back door

Except the four major South Indian languages, Hindi films have managed to wipe off the once flourishing movie industries of Bengal, Odiya, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Assamese, etc.

31 Mar 2018

Chasing Future and Dignity from the Dust Bowls of Bharat

Last week, about 35,000 destitute farmers walked from Nashik to Mumbai, shaking the conscience of a city.

15 Mar 2018

A conservative apologist’s view

Shashi Tharoor puts forward the argument that all the demerits and evil of religion are the faults of wrong interpretation of otherwise perfect holy books.

03 Mar 2018

We need to tell the right story to keep a check on the animal in us

The recent incident of a poor man being lynched to death in Kerala for stealing `200 worth of provision, including a kilogram of rice, shook the conscience of the country.

01 Mar 2018

Unity in Hinduism was Achieved by Accepting and Assimilating Differences

There is a beautiful legend I had heard in my childhood. Melpathur Narayana Bhattathiri was an erudite Sanskrit scholar of medieval Kerala.

17 Feb 2018

Asian Games 2018