Varanasi-based writer and consultant
Abhimanyu Chandra is a consultant at Banaras Hindu University. He is a graduate of Yale College and the University of Cambridge, and a former Yale Charles P. Howland fellow. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over dinner I asked him what his current work entailed, what his day-to-day schedule was like. He looked deeply into his plate of rice and dal, not saying anything. I felt that perhaps he hadn't understood my question. But then he spoke. "I do some chores here and there, sleep, go to the department for a bit." I looked at his face closely, trying to detect any irony, or humility, or aloofness (in <em>A Beautiful Mind</em> sense!). I didn't see anything.
For too long, Delhiites have tested Arunachalees' Indianness... How about we turn the tables and test the testers? With a milder test, to be sure: a challenge of knowledge, comprising questions not pejoratives, and ending with question marks not strangle marks.
03/04/2015 8:07 AM IST
Through his overall, multipronged efforts towards the Northeast, it appears Mr. Modi aims to change the nation's outlook towards the region - long one of indifference and paternalism. Mr. Modi's objective is praiseworthy. But he is undermining it by staying silent on terrorism in the region.
22/02/2015 8:05 AM IST
We all need to join the business of not shutting up, and of not letting the contest of ideas be clipped; for it is simply not right, or sustainable, that a responsibility so great is having to be shouldered by so few, with consequences so fatal for them.
11/01/2015 8:32 AM IST
Two weeks ago, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju, alerted Parliament to an astounding fact: In Delhi, instances of discrimination against people from the Northeast had increased by 226% over the previous year.
30/12/2014 8:06 AM IST
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