Ravi Shankar

Provocateur

Ravi Shankar
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

Grow up Trump. you make a mockery of yourself.

The White House buzz this week was that Donald Trump mimics the accent of Narendra Modi; the man he tweets is his friend

27 Jan 2018

Waiting for ‘Historic’ Direct Tax Reforms

Every major reform in India tends to be historic when it comes to be. Historic because they are in the making for years and arrive in the wake of decade-plus history of political promise and perfidy.

21 Jan 2018

Right Should Find Its Underdog to Face Liberals

The historical truth is that in the war for human dignity, the victims are the true heroes. Martyrs are born in death.

20 Jan 2018

Who is afraid of Virginia woolf-ji?

Xenophobia is sign of national insecurity and lack of self-confidence.

13 Jan 2018

Correct Wrongs of History for Equality of Indians

The Battle of Koregaon was between 2,000 Maratha soldiers of Peshwa Baji Rao II and 800 East India Company soldiers.

06 Jan 2018

Supply Sense to India’s  Sexual Sensibility

Sex invariably gets governments’ knickers in a twist. Last week, television channels were banned from showing condom advertisements between 6 am and 10 pm.

16 Dec 2017

It’s time to give India the capital it deserves

With pride doesn’t always come prejudice.

12 Nov 2017

China’s own 9/11 certain if it keeps helping Pak

Empires are godfathers that oversee the churning of history.

05 Nov 2017

BJP just the vehicle of Nehru’s fall, not cause

Reorganising heaven is a tricky task. Mao Zedong is still China’s top deity; an eastern version of Zeus plus Brahma on steroids.

29 Oct 2017

Knockout drivellers to become Mr India 2019

The thumb rule of power is that followers must augment the strength of their leader with words and deeds for effective governance.

22 Oct 2017

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