Ravi Shankar

Provocateur

Ravi Shankar
Modi’s own energy forces opponents into shape

Democracy is the greatest paradox of our time, as it ensures peace by imitating war.

10 Feb 2019

Democracy’s rules are for all. in religion, too.

Saints are born in the service of god and men. Not women, it is clear. Last week, a PIL in the Delhi High Court seeking investigation into the sexual abuse by Catholic priests was curtly dismissed.

03 Feb 2019

Moscow rules: Is Donald Trump a Russian agent?

At the height of the Cold War in the 1950s, the American media and political world were full of bizarre conspiracy theories.

27 Jan 2019

From Russia... for Trump with Love

At the heart of businessman-President Donald Trump’s relationship with Vladimir Putin lies billions of dollars in business interests.

27 Jan 2019

No more Modi vs Rahul. It is Modi vs the Family

Priyanka’s passage from the political foyer to the Grand Hall has many implications.

27 Jan 2019

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.

16 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.

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

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

Today is the day to make the tide turn

Today is the last Sunday of September, the day for celebrating the rivers of the world.

24 Sep 2017

Debunking superstition is not dismissing mysteries

Panic has seized North India. Unknown forces are at work, chopping off the braids of women in Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan.

06 Aug 2017

Right needs global intellect not invective

The irony of conflict is that martyrs are made by their enemies.

16 Jul 2017