Ravi Shankar

Scientific nonsense will not boost National pride

To say that the Greeks first gave us history and mythology in one package would be a fair assumption.

12 Jan 2019

2018: The Year of the Judiciary

The four pillars of Indian democracy have weathered many assaults from within and outside, since India’s midnight tryst with destiny on August 15, 1947.

29 Dec 2018

Shah is not a Shahenshah, on a sticky wicket

Film stars and cricketers in India breathe canned air, their lives sequestered but needing the oxygen of the public stage to survive.

23 Dec 2018

Remember the Hawk in Dove’s Clothing

Victory calls for foresight. Defeat invokes hindsight. Caught between the two nodes are leaders whose strategy did not necessarily fail, but whose tactics certainly did.

15 Dec 2018

The Indian intellectual has failed the farmer

The process of conquering the past has claimed stellar scalps like Aurangzeb, Jawaharlal Nehru, et al.

09 Dec 2018

At Ayodhya, India discovered its nationalist soul

That day was crisp and sunny for December. The heat emanating from the crowds that had gathered on a large, grassless maidan on December 6, 1992, had its own voltage.

01 Dec 2018

From Coaliton to Consensus, New Taste of Old Khichdi

The first time a government was called a khichdi was in 1978.

24 Nov 2018

Immigration changing pop history’s name

Popular history has a talent for simplifying the past.

18 Nov 2018

The Romans were Methane Mad, Why Should We Be?

The ancient Romans called their capital city gravioris caeli (heavy heaven). Delhi is in the news again for an atavistic curse—pollution.

10 Nov 2018

Thank God Trump snubbed India's R-Day invite

Donald Trump is not a person to be taken seriously as the President of the United States unless he was the President of the United States.

04 Nov 2018

Intelligence wars began with colonial distrust

Information is power. Power corrupts and absolute information corrupts absolutely.

27 Oct 2018

Comrade Padman has no purity of belief

The core of faith is redemption through purification; religions consider the human being essentially unclean physically and spiritually.

21 Oct 2018

Decoding the mystery of Mahatmas and sex

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

08 Oct 2018

Wolf in priest’s clothing and there will be nun

Politics thrives on scandal and religion feeds on secrecy.

28 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