Ravi Shankar

Provocateur

Ravi Shankar
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.

02 Dec 2018

From Coaliton to Consensus, New Taste of Old Khichdi

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

25 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.

11 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.

28 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.

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