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Vikram Zutshi

Vikram Zutshi

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The writer is a filmmaker, columnist and scholar. He divides his time between the United States, Asia and Latin America

By Vikram Zutshi

How Hari Kondabalu gets it wrong about Apu (and what stand-up comics can learn from Chris Rock)

In a documentary, the comedian argues that the character from The Simpsons is an offensive racial stereotype and an affront to Indians the world over.

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How psychedelic drugs made a comeback

The wonder drug of 1960s is back in vogue.

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Why Omerta should be remembered as a classic example of film editing

Aditya Warrior weaves the highlights of Saeed's deadly career with personal vignettes from his life.

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Why we flock to godmen, gurus and charlatans

With the spate of sordid sex scandals emanating from the realm of babas, it is hard not to be sceptical about all things 'spiritual'.

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Did the media kill Amy Winehouse?

In the end, she was ready to throw it all away.

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Sex, spirituality and lies - what I learnt about Rajneesh inside Osho ashram

The events that unfolded at the commune and the stand-off between its inmates comprise the core of the Netflix documentary series Wild Wild Country.

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Are homophobic men more likely to be gay?

It has been seen that the level of homophobia is directly proportional to the religious fervour in any society.

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India-Pakistan Partition: Songs of separation

On the 70th anniversary of the Partition, the liberal sections of both countries find themselves being pushed to the margins by rabid ethno-nationalists.

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Inside Cite Soleil: 'The most dangerous place on Earth'

'The Ghosts of Cite Soleil' is a devastating visual document of the catastrophic state of the human condition.

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Beware of the rise of Hindu supremacists in America

Is there a progressive Hindu counter-narrative to the one propagated by supremacists and ultra-nationalists?

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Why spirituality does not need religion

It is important to remind ourselves time and again of the inherent sanctity of human life and the glue that binds us all together.

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How do we kill the cancer eating away at Hinduism?

Sectarian bloodlust has turned a section of Hindus into mirror images of that which they most despise.

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Why monogamy is not going to work in the future

As a species we are not wired to abide by virtues of false morality, forced fidelity and religiously mandated monogamy.

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Neither West nor Hindu nationalists can own yoga

It is anti-ideology and anti-dogmatic, whether that dogma be religious or materialist in nature.

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What I learnt about illegal immigrants on US-Mexico border

The long journey across the Sasabe desert, infamous for human trafficking, was not for the faint-hearted.

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Finding salvation is a lot like kissing a snake

To transcend the duality of pain and pleasure, one had to grasp the inherent emptiness of both.

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