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A Rejoinder to a New York Times op-ed by Pankaj Mishra
The fertile mind of India's left liberal lobby boasts a rich repertoire of warped phantasmata that it has used with varying effectiveness to target nationalists. For a long time, it was the spectre of...
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Exchange occupations to topple caste structures in society. Let the religious institutions and other spaces of power be overtaken by those usually at the receiving end. Let the “humiliating” jobs be taken by the Brahmins and other allied castes. This experience will help drive in an understanding of the brunt of being in a caste Hindu society.
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I once had the occasion to visit Javed Akhtar with a group of friends, and almost the entire evening was spent in hearing Akhtar’s arguments in favour of atheism. Akhtar is a staunch and vocal atheist...
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The Independent's decision to revert to using Bombay had nothing to do with British colonialism. It was driven by its India-born editor's stand on the political issues prevailing in the country of his birth. This is a remarkable development. An individual has attempted to reverse a sequence of events that the British government did not interfere with! It is also interesting to note that Mr Rajan has chosen to remain silent about his city of birth, Calcutta, which was renamed Kolkata.
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The Roman Emperor Nero was accused of fiddling while Rome burnt. Nero, whose rule is often associated with extravagance and tyranny, focused a lot of his energy on foreign diplomacy. He blamed Christians -- a minority community in Rome at the time -- for starting the great fire of 64AD, and presided over their wholesale torture and execution. The events of Nero's Rome are nearly two millennia old, but a lot of these misadventures resonate in modern day India.
President Pranab Mukherjee has given his assent to a law that bans sale and possession of beef in Maharashtra, 19 years after the legislation was passed by the Shiv Sena-BJP government in the state in...