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What does it mean to be Hindu today?

What does it mean to be Hindu today?

Contrary to the assessment of many of my trolls, I am neither a Vatican agent nor a victim of love jihad. It so happens that I am Hindu, not only by birth but also belief – except that my beliefs and my idea of Hinduism appear to be rather different from those of its self-certified proponents.To me,...

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The dumbing down of a generation

The dumbing down of a generation

The reason a country has three wings of governance – the legislature, the executive, and the judiciary – is so that poll promises will not interfere with the long-term running of the nation. When politicians decide to get involved in the education system, emphasising their ideology at the cost of ge...

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How our stupidity is helping Covid spread

How our stupidity is helping Covid spread

Since March, at both the national and state level, the government’s measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus have been a game of Russian roulette – they announce lockdowns overnight, in pretty much the same way they announced demonetisation, thus causing a run on vegetable markets and groce...

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The dangers of Encounter Raj

The dangers of Encounter Raj

Vikas Dubey was by no account a good man. He had been running a crime syndicate for three decades, and the world is probably—almost certainly—better off without him. He has been accused of killing at least 15 people, of whom the last 8 were policemen. With 7 murder cases, 9 attempts to murder, three...

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How we abet police brutality

How we abet police brutality

The custodial deaths of Jayaraj and Benicks – extrajudicial capital punishment for an alleged lockdown violation – have, once again, highlighted the brutality of the police.Three months ago, we watched videos of policemen lathi-charging students inside a campus library, to “teach them a lesson”. Thr...

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What custodial deaths say about police power

What custodial deaths say about police power

For more than a week, we didn’t know the facts of the case in the custodial deaths of father-son duo Jayaraj and Benicks. We didn’t even know whether the son was Benicks, Bennix, Fenix or – as the First Information Report filed by the police read – Pennis.The FIR claimed father and son had abused th...

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The isolation of our times

The isolation of our times

For more than a week, Sushant Singh Rajput has dominated our social media and news feeds. Video he himself shared on his social networking sites, photographs and videos others have taken of him, images of his family and friends taken without their consent, have all made their ways to the internet. N...

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Suicide has no cause

Suicide has no cause

Every time someone who appears to have it all – good looks, talent, recognition for both, and the money that accompanies the recognition – kills oneself, there is a greater sense of tragedy. There is a media scramble to find plausible reasons for the suicide.Sushant Singh Rajput has been dubbed a ‘s...

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The cruelty we ignore

The cruelty we ignore

It is an image that lends itself to social media outrage and sad emoticons – an elephant standing half-submerged, about to die with an unborn baby inside her womb, after eating a pineapple stuffed with firecrackers that exploded in her mouth.Among all the broken heart emoticons and calls for the per...

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Coronomics: How do we deal with the future?

Coronomics: How do we deal with the future?

For some time now, we have been speaking about the “new normal”. We speak about it rather lightly, as if it were a dystopian fantasy. We imagine that soon enough, we will go back to our regular lives, that we will be able to socialise as before and eat out and live maskless days.The fact is, so many...

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