Ravi Shankar

Provocateur

Ravi Shankar

Dragon’s dilemma: Why China can’t win a war with India

The PLA will need to construct a new road—a challenge considering the snow may render the region inoperable soon—which will be vulnerable to attack from the Indian Army.

25 Oct 2020

Ella Maillart: Discovering the unknown by herself

Ella Maillart was the pioneer solo woman explorer who found her spiritual side in India.

25 Oct 2020

The trick of serendipity

I  know a gentleman who was quite happy with the lockdown. He was on a trek from Shimla for reasons known only to trekkers who go on long nature walks.

25 Oct 2020

NCB, Rhea Chakraborty and India: Get the kids outta there

The NCB is high. On publicity. Operation Bollywood has leveraged the marijuana habit of a dead actor into a vast conspiracy by a drug cartel that supplies tinsel town stars with weed.

25 Oct 2020

From authority to authoritarian

Strength begets strength. Strength attracts, strength reassures and strength revives. Narendra Modi won a massive mandate twice because of his strength as a leader unstained by corruption.

25 Oct 2020

It is time to influence the influencers

The internet is apoplectic over Tanishq withdrawing a commercial on interfaith marriage after fringe fanatics threatened to bust up showrooms and intimidate employees.

25 Oct 2020

Journalism is dead. Long live journalism

Today’s scourge of information is masala news teeming with spittle spray anchors, neurotic newsmen, rabid ragefests and body spasms that will put The Exorcist to shame.

25 Oct 2020

Decline then, distrust today, decline again

Consistency isn’t a political virtue. The BJP’s advantage is that it thrives on a consistent ideology promoted by an iconic leader, which makes selling its agenda easier. 

25 Sep 2020

'Dialects of Silence: Delhi under lockdown' book review: The greys in black and white

A collection of photographs of Delhi during the pandemic shows the splendour of isolation and the irrelevance of man

12 Sep 2020

Bollywood dons won’t Rhea-lise their mistake

The human sacrifice of a 28-year-old actress on the altar of poll politics wouldn’t have been possible if Bollywood had risen up as one.

12 Sep 2020

Logging in to Freedom of Opinion

Democracy is the offspring of public opinion. Politics is the midwife.

05 Sep 2020

The great Indian TV debate

Live State of the Nation Talk Show in a well-known TV studio. The anchor is engaged in an animated discussion with various members of the audience. 

29 Aug 2020

How PM Narendra Modi's bhoomi pujan look defines important landmarks in his life

In the Age of Modi, the look changes but the man is permanent, omniscient and omnipotent. His binary, Rahul Gandhi, needs a shave.

15 Aug 2020

Ode to the god who made Ayodhya possible

Bajrang Bali reflects the universal soul which is the epitome of the perfect man.

08 Aug 2020

Don’t blame government for your weakness

Governance is the art of preserving democracy through compromise and accommodation without diluting the interests of the ruling party.

02 Aug 2020

Democracy’s tough love to end crime

The simulacrum of law and order does both. It amplifies khaki as the omnipotent agent of fear among the general population.

26 Jul 2020

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.

13 Jul 2020

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.

04 Jul 2020

Bollywood isn’t all black and white

Exploitation of the helpless is a recurrent theme in cinema.

20 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.

13 Jun 2020

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