Anand Neelakantan

Localising History will Help it Grow

A sense of history could be a great asset.

13 Oct 2018

Missing in India: A Hindu liberal party

It would be prudent to analyse our political spectrum to find out why we reached this stage of anarchy ...

29 Sep 2018

Vegetarianism is compassion, not politics

Recently, I was called for a panel discussion on a national channel.

14 Sep 2018

Is India Really a Spiritual Civilisation?

Indians take pride in calling themselves spiritual. The upper middle class is never tired of speaking of the dizzying heights of philosophy reached by the Vedas and Upanishads without reading even a page of any such books. Any adverse comparison of India with other countries would be met with a ‘oh, but we

30 Aug 2018

Destructive catharsis of restoration

From local fisherman to the armed forces, to social media-savvy youth and the state government machinery, all stood by Kerala in its time of need. 

25 Aug 2018

Let’s Rid Ourselves of Colonised Mindset

Recently, one of the famous publishers tweeted, ‘So when Shakespeare was writing, who was writing in India’.

16 Aug 2018

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