Ravi Shankar

Provocateur

Ravi Shankar
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

Forget UFOs. We are the Aliens in Outer Space.
 

Earth is a mess, agreed. Which is why we dream of other planets and galaxies where the air is pure, rivers unpolluted, forests unviolated and food not toxic with pesticides and chemicals.

17 Mar 2018

Indian Communism is unsuitable to democracy

When a great edifice falls, the reverberations are felt through decades and geographical expanses. It leaves behind a great vacuum to be filled, either by a piebald version of itself or its ideologica

10 Mar 2018

The mass leader who is squandering his mandate

Democracy is the axis between balance and betrayal. By some arcane algorithm, it often throws up an alternative to a brute majority.

03 Mar 2018

Media must expose fake news or lose credibility

When the Soviet Union was around, and journalism was just state propaganda, Pravda (truth) and Izvestia (facts) were the two main news outlets.

24 Feb 2018

Indian Men Drunk on Power and Ignorance

Politicians are people, too. They have the same flaws as others. In our obsessive deification of the powerful and fear of leaders, we forget that crucial fact.

17 Feb 2018

Honour the Democratic Indian, Not Royalty
 

On history’s door, opportunism knocks more than once. Queens are in the news, whether it be Padmavati or Rani Lakshmibai. In a country where the Privy Purse that gave tax-free money to royals was abol

10 Feb 2018

Treat criminals as they are. not as civilians.

Finding a political solution to Kashmir is the holy grail of Indian politics.

03 Feb 2018

Asian Games 2018