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Kiran Batni

Author, political commentator.

Author, The Pyramid of Corruption: India’s Primitive Corruption And How To Deal With It, political commentator, and columnist. Website: http://kiranbatni.com
Understanding Paris: Terrorism And Its

Understanding Paris: Terrorism And Its Provocations

When we're not ready to see our own role in our misfortunes, we end up pointing a finger at all sorts of entities. Therefore, 'Islam', 'religion', even 'Islamic civilisation' are blamed for these attacks. The last of these is used by those who think these are attacks on 'western civilisation', the concept of 'freedom', etc. Such analysts seem to realise that the violent attacks in question target not one particular nation-state but something intangible that links all the nation-states of the West. There is truth in this viewpoint.
17/11/2015 8:42 AM IST
We, The People, Became Independent In 1947. Not The

We, The People, Became Independent In 1947. Not The Judiciary

The people need to have control over the judiciary and nobody can deny it. What's so sacrosanct about it, anyway? After all, it's a machine with human parts interpreting a book mostly written by the British and amended here and there by Indians. Everything in the Constitution of India can and must be questioned by every generation of Indians. It's a fundamental right whether or not it's endorsed in the book, and we shall have it.
22/10/2015 8:34 AM IST
Can Someone Tell Me Why Sharada Wants Her Son to Read And Write

Can Someone Tell Me Why Sharada Wants Her Son to Read And Write Kannada?

I broke my head over the question. <em>Why, why, why does she want Dinesh to read and write Kannada?</em> I'd have loved to ask her directly, but she's not answering my phone. Perhaps I've been too direct in telling her that Dinesh must speak Kannada first. Perhaps that hurt her.
18/05/2015 8:03 AM IST
No Mr. Modi, Tax Devolution To States Won't Make Centre Much

No Mr. Modi, Tax Devolution To States Won't Make Centre Much Poorer

While it is true that the Finance Commission has recommended a 10% increase in the share of the States in the divisible pool, it is not true that the award leaves 'far less money with the Central Government' if the Centre's finances are considered as a whole, i.e., including money not in the divisible pool.
05/03/2015 8:24 AM IST
Why AAP Will Be No Different From BJP Or Congress If It 'Goes

Why AAP Will Be No Different From BJP Or Congress If It 'Goes National'

The idea held on to by some is that AAP's victory in Delhi can be replicated everywhere in India. This is essentially the idea that localness can be spread from one locus, which is absurd. No, localness has to be grown locally; it cannot be exported or imported. Closeness to the ground is directly proportionate to the population over which a political party operates.
25/02/2015 8:04 AM IST
Why People Say Sanskrit is the Mother of Kannada And Why They Are

Why People Say Sanskrit is the Mother of Kannada And Why They Are Wrong

It's quite common to bump into people who think it is, but Kannada is not a derivative, a simplification, a corruption, or in short, a daughter of Sanskrit. Based on etymological and grammatical considerations, linguists place Kannada and Sanskrit in two separate language families, viz., Dravidian and Indo-Aryan. If this is the case, why are people misinformed? What prompts even educated Kannadigas to wrongly claim that Sanskrit is the mother of Kannada? There are four main reasons.
16/02/2015 9:11 AM IST