Ravi Shankar

Provocateur

Ravi Shankar
Decoding the mystery of Mahatmas and sex

In the hagiography of modern India, Mahatma Gandhi is a near-divine superstar.

07 Oct 2018

Wolf in priest’s clothing and there will be nun

Politics thrives on scandal and religion feeds on secrecy.

30 Sep 2018

Jab English Aur Hindi Met, Bhasha Ke side effects

Post-colonial identity crisis is the biggest self-inflicted affliction of Indians.

23 Sep 2018

Individual responsibility matters in collective loot

They are naturally distraught, some having sunk their life savings into building homes which now face the merciless justice of bulldozers.

16 Sep 2018

Name callers, note. Politicians are people too.

Democracy, by its very nature, is the crucible of dissent.

09 Sep 2018

What’s in a Name? A Building, Of Course. 

Legacies of leaders belong to the cultures that shaped them and the nations they ruled or shed their blood for.

02 Sep 2018

Two multiplied by two is the only one today

Philosophical statements are delightful devices for inventive journalists to paraphrase commentary.
Mea culpa.

26 Aug 2018

Hair shaming is walking culture razor’s thin edge

These are hair raising times.

12 Aug 2018

The New Global Citizen is Seeking New Roots

As India cracks down on illegal migrants, a comparison with the Trump administration’s immigration policies is inevitable.

05 Aug 2018

Politicians and policemen are friends with benefits

The image of a democracy is ironically determined by regional stereotypes. Non-conformist Berlin, conservative Munich, and cosmopolitan Frankfurt sum up Germany; Provence for food, Paris for the arts

29 Jul 2018

Racism is the kryptonite of empires in the Trump age

Just as Trump is unapologetic about the brutal treatment of immigrants, Churchill mocked the victims of the Bengal Famine of 1943, calling it culling a population that bred “like rabbits”.

22 Jul 2018

The swenekaf phenomenon and the betrayal of belief

Fake News is corrupting the cornerstone of human belief, that truth is not what it appears to be, or not to be.

15 Jul 2018

Multiculturalism loses to the national way of life

America’s liberal globalists are shell-shocked over the US Supreme Court upholding President Donald Trump’s travel ban on Muslims—an outrage that has found echoes in other countries, including India.

01 Jul 2018

Sellyourself.com is no site for privacy protest

Oscar Wilde was that rare genius who could turn the familiar into epiphany and lace tragedy with irony.

10 Jun 2018

Two drivers one engine to set national route

Power disrupts but absolute power disrupts more in coalitions.

03 Jun 2018

The ethical duality of celebrity deprivation

There is nothing more morally dualistic than a refugee crisis as a consequence of terrorism, ethnic cleansing and regional instability.

27 May 2018

Kings of bad times and good time rulers

When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping. The rest go shopping in the stores of history.

20 May 2018

One man’s Jinnah is another man’s Nehru

Jinnah’s tragedy is that Pakistan disowned its father even before he could enjoy the fruits of his new national identity.

13 May 2018

Leaders on poll catwalk the new political fashion

Clothes maketh not the man, but they do make a statement. In 1931, when Mahatma Gandhi called on the Viceroy, Lord Irwin, in his typical dress, Winston Churchill called Gandhi, a naked fakir “striding

05 May 2018

A Summer of Forgiveness Since a Long Winter Began

The death of Jessica Lal at the turn of the century gave birth to the New Age Protestor in India. For the first time since Independence, a crime forced the middle class to come out of their comfortabl

28 Apr 2018

Judge not Syria’s Assad through Western eyes

Though President Assad—for long reviled by the Western media as the Butcher of Damascus—is no saint, he is the only element of stability in a region which is alarmingly vulnerable to Islamic terrorist

21 Apr 2018

Save Hinduism from Fake Hindus to Keep the Faith

National normalcy provides the right atmosphere for social growth. In its balmy warmth flourishes civilisation, enabling the arts, science and philosophy to shape the times, and for future generations

14 Apr 2018

Modi’s enemies are not the opposition but BJP leaders

Party chief Amit Shah faces an unwelcome expenditure of energy in re-engineering the organisation’s thought process and conduct.

07 Apr 2018

Congress party beware, the day of the copycat is here

Rahul Gandhi’s costume parade across various temples, churches and mosques in Karnataka is prompted by the Congress performance in Gujarat in December 2017.

31 Mar 2018