Spot the Patriot

  It has been an interesting few days in the Capital, with arrests, allegations and assaults, all with the reputed Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) at its centre.  It began with a protest, organised by one of the many ideologically diverse political groups on the campus, where students are alleged to have shouted anti-national slogans.  Soon…

Who Will Fight Our Wars?

  On the 15th of August, 1945, all of Japan was tuned into their radios.  It was a remarkable moment – Emperor Hirohito, venerated by millions as the living embodiment of God, was to address his subjects at noon. It was the first time that a ruler from the oldest hereditary dynasty in the world…

Unpaid Dues

Recent weeks have seen the One Rank One Pension (OROP) issue come into the forefront of the nation’s collective consciousness. Images of ex-servicemen gathered at Jantar Mantar were beamed into millions of living rooms as talking heads yelled at each other as they are wont to. More disconcertingly, we saw images of policemen assaulting the…

An Introduction to the Weird World of Scientology

Organised religion has never been a stranger to the more bizarre side of human nature. Even our everyday, ‘normal’ religions are a source of much amusement and hilarity at times, with components that baffle and defy logic and reason. So whether it is God’s hatred for birth control or a custom involving ‘unlucky’ girls being made…

Sallu ki Saza

  Ever since the sentencing of Salman Khan by the Bombay HC (and the subsequent suspension pending appeal) the internet exploded, with everyone rushing to contribute their two cents’ worth on Twitter, Facebook, and across the internet. What was most notable throughout the entire flood of tweets and status updates and whatsapp messages going around…

The Death of a Dissenter

On Friday, the 24th of April, Pakistani social activist Sabeen Mahmud was shot and murdered by unknown assailants in Karachi. Mahmud had been on her way home from a talk organised by her organisation, The Second Floor (T2F) on the conflict in Balochistan, where a secessionist movement has been ongoing ever since the creation of…

Another Perspective on Kairos

It was not very long ago that Jim Norton, a stand up comedian himself, who spoke to a radio show about the idea of liberal censorship. A passage from what Norton told his interviewer seems particularly apt: “Liberals have succeeded in becoming what they hated. Liberalism was once thought to be an oasis of free…