Ravi Shankar

Provocateur

Ravi Shankar
It is little red riding off into the sunset

The CPI(M) ruled West Bengal from 1977 when Indira Gandhi dismantled the Emergency to May 2011 when Mamata Banerjee ended its undisputed reign.

19 May 2019

To thrill a Mockingbird

Soft targets are venting machines for anyone with a five-seconds-of-fame grudge. One such object of public aggression, social media contempt, nasty jokes and media distaste is Arvind Kejriwal.

12 May 2019

Fantastic beasts and when to find them

Without mythology, the world would be a joyless place. Bereft of its magical repertoire of wondrous beings, myriad miracles and enchanted lands, our journey through time would be dreary.

05 May 2019

Barbarians Cannot Restore Islamic Cultural Glory

The Sri Lanka massacre proves without doubt that the civilised world and Islam are at war.

28 Apr 2019

Brown Study on Foreign Degrees Disadvantageous

New India is giving foreign education the third degree.

21 Apr 2019

True greatness is not being just the best

Kohli may not be the most loved or admired player in cricket today, but he is the most powerful.

14 Apr 2019

History hits back with Modi and the h-word

If philosophy is the forensics of politics, identity is resurrected by the archeology of ideology.

07 Apr 2019

Is Welfare Politics a Sign of Poor Self-confidence?

Every five years come interregnums when governance becomes politics and politics becomes governance. These are called elections.

31 Mar 2019

Islamic hijab: Pride and prejudice conflict in barbaric cover-up

With the sentencing of prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh raises serious questions on Islamic women rights.

17 Mar 2019

Post-Balakot Strategy Carries Modi-Doval Fingerprint

After Abhinandan Varthaman’s release, Imran Khan wants a Nobel. But Narendra Modi is no Morarji and Khan is not Anwar Sadat. 

10 Mar 2019

Be prepared for a new genus of death

The perverse desire of Islamist terror mullahs to conquer and convert the world is actualised by young people who blow themselves up for their God, killing innocents.

03 Mar 2019

A Lesson Left Behind by an Unknown Warrior 

Authoritarian leaders like satire like vampires like garlic.

17 Feb 2019

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