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The problem with liberal outrage

The problem with liberal outrage

Jewellery advertisements have traditionally been corny. You could have a sixty-year-old bride being walked to the mandap by her daughter, or a dusky bride getting married for the second time, or a woman being gifted jewellery by her retired husband on their daughter’s wedding day because gold and di...

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Hathras: The power of silence

Hathras: The power of silence

Perhaps the greatest difference between a party nursing hopes of dynastic rule and a regime with the goal of establishing a society with the same religion, moral code, and societal norms as its masters is this—the noise the regime makes.The first seeks to convince voters that the fruit of its former...

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SPB: A personal loss

SPB: A personal loss

Yes, he did sing over 40,000 songs, in several languages. And yes, he had one of the most beautiful voices to have ever been borrowed by actors. But the reason it hurts so much to think about him in the past tense is that SPB was not merely a golden voice. He was far, far more than a singer. He was ...

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How could we not lose Kashmir?

How could we not lose Kashmir?

Twitter has been in a flutter over the statement of Farooq Abdullah, former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, that Kashmiris do not feel Indian and would rather be ruled by China.The demotion of a state into two union territories, and the unconstitutional revocation of an article that guarantees ...

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How could we not lose Kashmir?

How could we not lose Kashmir?

Twitter has been in a flutter over the statement of Farooq Abdullah, former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, that Kashmiris do not feel Indian and would rather be ruled by China.The demotion of a state into two union territories, and the unconstitutional revocation of an article that guarantees ...

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The bereaved need therapy, not compensation

The bereaved need therapy, not compensation

Political parties are used to viewing every unnatural death as an opportunity—the ruling parties in the state get leverage with the centre, the opposition parties have a new bullet point in their litany of complaints against the ruling party, the ones that don’t matter get to enjoy their fifteen min...

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The bereaved need therapy, not compensation

The bereaved need therapy, not compensation

Political parties are used to viewing every unnatural death as an opportunity—the ruling parties in the state get leverage with the centre, the opposition parties have a new bullet point in their litany of complaints against the ruling party, the ones that don’t matter get to enjoy their fifteen min...

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The stigma against suicide has to go

The stigma against suicide has to go

It is most evident in the case of Sushant Singh Rajput—a family in grief, and perhaps feeling the guilt all of us feel when one of our near and dear ones departs by choice, has been searching for someone to blame. The first target of family, friends, and fans was Bollywood and its nepotism, its cult...

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Unlock time: The onus is on citizens

Unlock time: The onus is on citizens

Nearly six months into the pandemic, it appears governments across the world have given up on fighting the virus through isolation. Schools in the United States have thrown their doors open to students, and here at home – which has the dubious distinction of the fastest-growing rate of infection – t...

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Book bans and de-platforming, a shame on 'liberals'

Book bans and de-platforming, a shame on 'liberals'

The last week has witnessed the absurdity of self-proclaimed liberals calling for a ban on a book on the grounds that it fuels ‘hate speech’, based on a promotional event featuring some of Indian liberal Twitter’s most hated adversaries, including a man accused of inciting the Delhi riots.No one who...

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