Manoj Das

Politics and the vanishing individual

A pleasantly cool mid-December forenoon in Tiruvannamalai in 2018.

03 Jan 2019

On the Enigma of Hanuman

However, identifying Hanuman as a Dalit in either the old or the current sense of the term would have mystified the seer-poet Valmiki and defied the farsightedness of any savant of any genre.

17 Dec 2018

Lessons from the recent poll campaign

Lately this dark trend owed its revivalist articulation to the spokesman of a party resenting a tea-seller climbing to a lofty position.

05 Dec 2018

WWI maimed mankind’s image forever

Permit me to take you back, briefly, to the summer of 1914—a beautiful summer.

10 Nov 2018

Rising above sectarian secularism

The dozen-strong assembly included the noted Urdu poet Sajjad Zaheer.

30 Oct 2018

Supreme Court verdict and a call for introspection

The Supreme Court’s suggestion to Parliament to make laws to ensure decriminalisation of politics has a message for all.

01 Oct 2018

Beholding oneself as a deity

Is it not ridiculous that one should impose one’s illusory importance on one’s own as well as the future generation?

25 Sep 2018

The fading face of self-esteem

It seems more and more people are fast developing immunity to their instinctive feeling of guilt-conscience. What is the reason?

08 Sep 2018

Sri Aurobindo: His missions for liberation

The first to demand unqualified freedom for India, he then sought to free humanity from its bondage to primeval ignorance. A birth anniversary tribute

15 Aug 2018

Search for silence in a noisy India

Illegitimate factories and legitimate developmental and constructional activities producing noise are only inconveniences.

26 Jul 2018

Murder for the sake of Murder

Will political parties—and their units spread over localities—mend their policy of pampering the vanity of the simple-minded masses?

10 Jul 2018

This road is a Himalayan blunder

The news about the road connecting Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri is alarming. Can we not draw a soft line between pilgrims and tourists?

29 Jun 2018

2045: An immortality Odyssey?

A mere prolongation of youth or life, without a radical change of consciousness, is not only futile, but could also prove disastrous

16 Jun 2018

Mahabharata lessons for our politicos

Our leaders, including comrades from the Left,  have recently cited the Mahabharata to criticise their opponents. They should re-read the epic

18 May 2018

The many shades of beauty

It is said that Freud destroyed love. Are beauty contests destroying the notions of beauty?

01 May 2018