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Why I Support Free Basics As An Idea

After seeing so many advertisements and posts on the web on Facebook’s Free Basics initiative and the opposing views of its critics wielding the Net neutrality shield, I decided it is time I understood and took a stand. The first article I read was by Mark Zuckerberg himself, titled Free Basics protects […]

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 […]

The PK Controversy

Happy New Year!! Last week I watched the movie PK, and it is brilliant. It makes you laugh in a natural way, and the message it sends out in the end is profound. But as I had expected, it did become a source for protests from far-right Hindu activists, as […]

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 […]

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 […]