Ravi Shankar

Provocateur

Ravi Shankar
From Galwan Valley standoff to Trump's H-1B visa ban: Here's why politicians talk too much but say very little

With the virus prowling like a vengeful cop searching for mask-less rioters, politicians are quarantined in the blue world of Twitterhetoric.

17 hours ago

A masquerade of habit in times of peril

The mask is both protection and prevarication—to hide the identity of a spy, a thief, a murderer or an illicit lover. Shamans use it to impersonate god.

05 Jul 2020

Bollywood isn’t all black and white

Exploitation of the helpless is a recurrent theme in cinema.

21 Jun 2020

Learn from the beast in dominion of despair

Three centuries later, all the king’s men—wise, clever and stupid—are trying to figure out the nature of the viral beast.

14 Jun 2020

There goes the neighbourhood

All policy is a reflection of national culture. Indians as a lot are a self-satisfied variety, smug in their cultural superiority over other countries but easy to take offence.

31 May 2020

Aarogya Setu app: Surveillance in times of coronavirus

The duty of governance is to oversee the great apparatus of democracy, not to monitor the participants.

17 May 2020

More Than Hundred Years of Solitude

Journeys have banal connotations while an odyssey is invariably a journey of vast proportions, loaded with hope, tragedy and homecoming.

10 May 2020

Calling all secular Muslims

Politics is the art of meeting great expectations by creating and protecting institutions.

26 Apr 2020

Sonia Wants a Free Press by not Paying for it

It’s a sad lockdown for our embattled liberal classes.

19 Apr 2020

Test the tester in testing times

ICMR churlishly rejected WHO’s insistence on testing ‘unwarranted’ because there was no community transmission in India.

12 Apr 2020

The paradox of loneliness in a brave new world

The character of this century will be marked not by how we inhabit this new world, but by how it inhabits us

29 Mar 2020

Social distancing makes us lose perspective

The white man is not used to death by germ while dirty latrines in Third World quarantine wards are normal. 

22 Mar 2020

Down the rabbit hole with crazy Bernie

The leader is on a roll, pumped up with the vitamin of adoration, totally in command of his audience and himself.

01 Mar 2020

For whom the belle tolls in the time of war

Post 9/11, 149 American women soldiers have been killed by suicide bombers, IEDs, helo crashes and bullets.

23 Feb 2020

India calling: a new Deendayal Upadhyaya!

Gandhi could convert an obstinate sulk into a lofty principle: after the Chauri Chaura incident, he suspended the civil disobedience movement.

09 Feb 2020