Confessions of a “One of Us”

by Anonymous   In the first trimester of Law School, I was crying on a friend’s shoulder in an autorickshaw, disappointed at my average performance in the university debate rounds. As somebody who believed myself to be a good debater, it was crushing to be shown my place in the university pool. My friend’s reaction…

What’s in a Name?

What’s in a name? A collection of myriad syllables that your parents thought sounded pretty strung together. In the Indian context, probably something with a hifalutin, deep meaning behind it, something that’s meant to dictate the way your life turns out. “Honourable” or “God’s gift” or something else sanctimonious and preachy. What’s in a name?…

A Hindoo Cow

When its udders were squeezed and milked You didn’t feel any pain at all When it was stitched into a chappal you stamped underfoot and walked You didn’t feel hurt at all When it rang as a drum at your marriage and your funeral You didn’t suffer any blows When it sated my hunger, beef…

Invisible Lines

The basic structure of the Constitution envisages a cohesive, unified, casteless society. By breathing new life into casteism … fractures the nation and disregards the basic structure of the Constitution …. revitalise casteism, cleave the nation … open up new vistas for internecine conflicts and fissiparous forces …. -Nani Palkhivala In the first place because…