Monthly Archives: February 2012

Godhra!

Today is a special day in the history of contemporary India. Today is the day when a train was burnt. Today is the day, 58 people were systematically killed. In the riots that followed, more than 1000 others died, 200 went missing, more than 500 places of worship were burnt down. Today is the day, some of us choose to remember Godhra. Continue reading

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Remembering Azad

Today is the death anniversary of the great martyr Chandrashekhar Azad- the man who stood against tyranny, the mentor of Bhagat Singh, the reorganizer of Hindustan Socialist Republican Association, the chief strategist and executor of Kakori Train Case, attempt to blow up the Viceroy’s train, shooting of Saunders at Lahore to avenge the killing of Lala Lajpat Rai, and the man who was never captured alive. Your fierce dissent and love of mankind & courage inspire us. Continue reading

25 years of sunshine

The land of the rising sun, the land of the dawn-lit mountains, the largest of the north eastern states, Arunachal Pradesh, recently celebrated 25 years of statehood. From being the North East Frontier Agency (NEFA) for 18 years, administered through the Ministry of External Affairs, to being a Union Territory for 15 years, to finally transforming itself into a full fledged state, the people of Arunachal Pradesh have come a long way. Or have they? Continue reading

I wrote a good omelet

I wrote a good omelet… and ate a hot poem…
after loving you

Buttoned my car… and drove my coat home… in the rain…
after loving you Continue reading

Trouble flying?

The king of good times, the booze baron, the airline ace, the racing raja, party pasha, calendar czar, super showman, the once Janata Party president, and yes, the honorary doctorate in business administration from South California University- Dr. Vijay Mallya, is in trouble again. He is having trouble flying, for the 2nd time in last four months. Continue reading

Caste-ing votes

UP elections by-and-large mirror the way elections are contested in India. First regional quotas, then caste based quotas, now quotas based on religion? How much more must the right to equality suffer? Read my latest article on the NRI.

Lights, camera, fiction

A new trend is emerging in Indian cinema. Our new directors are fascinated about making derived films on real or known stories. Take Raavan, No One Killed Jessica and Raajneeti for example. These films had fictionalized an entire set of events, but viewers already knew whom they were seeing on screen. They kept comparing or contrasting, and due to a lack of good performances could not do justice with the concept. Continue reading