Ravi Shankar

Provocateur

Ravi Shankar
Blood and gore in the times of Breaking News

Contrary to kinetics, the couch potato’s life is fraught with nervous strife. The television viewer’s perception of India is being distorted in a mad race for TRP numbers.

16 hours ago

Inside story of an Opposition conclave

As the Modi government looks to complete three years in the driving seat, Opposition leaders have collected at 15 Gurudwara Rakabganj Road, the war room of the Congress  party.

21 May 2017

Punish mob rule for sake of global image

Image matters. Saudi Arabia has enough petrodollars to stay the darling of capitalism, but its medievally regressive reputation is a public relations disaster.

14 May 2017

PM of the people should get a President of the people

All significant leaders acquire a sobriquet in the course of their political life. Indira Gandhi—dictator. Narasimha Rao—Chanakya. Atal Bihari Vajpayee—Hindu liberal.

07 May 2017

New liberal needed to engage changing India

Just like an idea has the power to move a nation, a word has the power to move an idea.

30 Apr 2017

Pebbles of hate against enduring monolith

Since the beginning of time, stone has been mankind’s strongest allegory of strength.

23 Apr 2017

Time to get intelligent about intelligence

Unlike America’s CIA, Britain’s MI6 or Pakistan’s ISI, India is coy about naming its intelligence agencies.

16 Apr 2017

Make MPs accountable for governance

Caesar’s wife is having marital problems. In the nuptial nightmare of power and probity, the conduct of our esteemed legislators is rocking the boat.

26 Mar 2017

Nationalist economics rises from rural India

Poverty and politics are as inseparable as the Congress party and the Gandhi family.

19 Mar 2017

Kejri must rediscover himself to stay relevant

Prophets are frighteningly tragic figures. Like 15th century Florentine Renaissance  preacher Girolamo Savonarola, they call down the wrath of god on the corrupt and the decadent.

12 Mar 2017

Intolerance of liberals in nationalist dilemma

Considering Attila tolerant is as historically heretical as comparing Swami Vivekananda to a Jesuit.

05 Mar 2017

Robbed of own history, Congress faces a blank

Microquakes are indicative of macro faultlines in political geography.

26 Feb 2017

Without police reforms, powerful own the truth

Justice is blind. The enforcers of justice, however, are cockeyed. Over a decade after the 2005 bombings in Delhi in which 67 died, the court acquitted two men last week, lamenting that the prosecutio

19 Feb 2017

Bring home India’s king of bad times

James the First, who ruled England when the East India Company landed in India, was the original king of the good times.

12 Feb 2017

The simplicity of being partisan is frightening

Trump’s America is no longer the Land of the Carefree.

05 Feb 2017

Donald ducks America’s deadliest enemy

Donald Trump’s theme song of xenophobia is full of cantos of contradictions.

29 Jan 2017

The new beast of unity is the symbol of fury

The contradiction is that the organisation is selective in its compassion towards animals. Especially towards those under its care.

22 Jan 2017

Culture over mercy is sporting spirit’s victory

When Virat Kohli hits the ball into the stands, India stands up and cheers.

15 Jan 2017

To counter the dragon, Read Confucius

China’s support to Masood Azhar is unabashed endorsement of terror when Indian security agencies are doing surgical strikes against militant modules.

08 Jan 2017

The joke’s on you if you can’t laugh at yourself

Humour’s mission is to make you laugh. Lighten the load. Act as a release during stress. Challenge dictatorships.

01 Jan 2017

Will Babus’ nightmare  herald political pain?

Politicians use target practice to stay relevant the way actors use makeup to play different roles.

25 Dec 2016

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