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Standing By India

Some posts out of patriotism, and some out of bewilderment about my motherland…

How Are We Secular Without a Uniform Civil Code?

What is secularism? Our constitution does not define it, and it was added only in 1976 as an amendment, sadly without clarity as to what the relationship between religion and state is. Wikipedia defines it as the the principle of the separation of government institutions and persons mandated to represent the state from religious […]

Terrorism and the Pakistani Nukes

There is nothing new when I point out that Pakistan has been using terrorism as a state policy for a long time. And so when it comes to tackling terror, there has always been a distinction of good and bad terrorism. Groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba who go after India are looked at […]

The Little Princess

She should have been in the kindergarten playing with other kids, but she was out there barefoot in the scathing heat of the noon. Her clothes were ragged and her hair resembled spider-web tinted in the dusty smog of the traffic. Instead of doodling with the crayons, her tender hands […]

Mandate 2014 and Modi’s Victory

After months of mudslinging and a no-holds-barred campaign, India voted and it voted more decisively than it had in 30 years. No pulling strings and unfair bargaining from the allies anymore. While I am, I see that many are not very happy about the mandate, specially the anti-Modi camp. I concede […]

South India, Hindi And The Identity Problem

A few months ago, I wrote an article about the fate of regional language literature and this post was eventual, though late. Today I’m writing this post because after prolonged musings, I have come to a conclusion that we Indians have an identity problem. (As Dr. Subramanian Swamy rightly points out) If it […]

“Prajnanam Brahma”

Knowledge is divine is what everybody infers from the above line from the Rig Veda. As Sanskrit is hardly studied in depth in the current timeline, inner meanings of several verses of wisdom are often lost. Likewise is the case with Prajnanam Brahma. I studied in one of the Navodaya Vidyalayas, where […]