Shiv Visvanathan

OPEN TO OPINION

The writer is a social nomad

VOICES

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In the new India, wisdom is becoming outdated recipe

In the age of Modi and Trump, information is more important than knowledge, language is just a functional device, and history began 10 years ago.

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POLITICS

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Sardar Sarovar Dam: It's Modi's postcard versus Medha Patkar's letter

On one side, we have the PM exuding power and on the other the social activist reiterating her commitment to the struggle.

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POLITICS

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Why we must keep the ideas of Gauri Lankesh alive

She was a Left liberal heroine whom the right hated to the hilt.

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POLITICS

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Why Ram Rahim Singh really went to jail

Demonic, surreal, fantastic and silly as he was, the baba was a threat to secularism and electoral democracy.

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POLITICS

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Attack on Hamid Ansari was disgraceful

The BJP’s knee-jerk response revealed it is not ready for debate and that it demands from its political functionaries.

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POLITICS

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How whistle-blowers have redefined the contours of democracy

Their acts of heroism and sacrifice require a special set of rights guaranteeing against victimisation.

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POLITICS

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Why India needs to engage China in more creative ways

Can understanding China help us stop being a mimic edition to the West?

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POLITICS

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Why Modi is so arrogant

From selfie to Twitter, to apps, to trolling, the BJP has understood the power of digital technology.

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VOICES

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Everyone is bored of farmer suicides

There is a sense of reductionism to the way we present a crisis.

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POLITICS

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Sentencing of RTI activist Nikhil Dey is a devastating irony for Indian democracy

The case is a Kafkaesque fable of the travails of idealism and activism in India.

Shiv Visvanathan
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