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India At 69: Where The Hindu Gods Jostle With Mammon

There were two Indias on display. One was the India that my uncle was so morose about: an India which gyrated to the rhythm of Hindutva - where ideology was sought to be reified in the country's institutions and political Hinduism made central to its civic, social and political life. The other was an India where consumption and consumerism were the norm or were at least sought to be elevated - a departure from socialist and autarkic shibboleths of the past.
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Left, Right And Centre: On Being An Intellectual Orphan

In taste, manners, beliefs and lifestyle, I am everything that a religious Hindu will scoff at. Most of the women I am friends with are cosmopolitan socialists and feminists who dabble in intellectual gymnastics with Davidoff, cannabis, sex and Merlot. With this picture in front, most people expect me to be a left-liberal who fumes at Modi, BJP, RSS. Before I explain further, I am sure some people by now have already branded me as a typical right-winger. But, still I would like put across a new mode of being...