|  Rough Cut  |  8-minute read
Literature, Elitism, Populism, Politics

Why a novelist within a novel, who rallied against Congress, is disappointed with BJP's rise

Amitabha Bagchi's new book Half the Night is Gone chronicles the rise of Delhi and its many cultures.


 |  6-minute read
Politics, Congress, BJP, Islam

When the iftar was just another political party

The 'political iftar' dinner was sheer tokenism, often seen as minority 'appeasement'. Its demise is fortunate – it lets ordinary Indians reclaim the iftar, rediscover true secularism.


 |  5-minute read
Bigotry, Politics, BJP, Chetan Bhagat

No Chetan Bhagat, politics is not entertainment

This is the kind of advice you would get on WhatsApp groups, from friends who think you are taking politics too seriously.


 |  7-minute read
Politics, Polls, Voting, EVM

10 reasons why blockchain can disrupt political system

Using the technology for voting in elections could promise absolute power in the hands of people.


 |  6-minute read
Techies, Politics, Intolerance, Karnataka

Why the Indian techie is so 'polarised' today

Don't blame the techie alone though – we're all totally political now.


 |  Rough Cut  |  3-minute read
Politics, Bollywood, Devdas, Sudhir mishra

When power becomes her

Sudhir Mishra's Daas Dev inverts this Hamletian tale and gives the two women, usually long-suffering victims of Devdas' alcoholism, some agency.


 |  6-minute read
Bigotry, Politics, Children, Kathua-Unnao rape cases

Is rape the only legacy we are going to leave for our daughters?

There is no point in having stricter laws if we as a society are going to find ways to obliterate them.


 |  5-minute read
Democracy, Balochistan, Politics, Pakistan

How Pakistan is splitting from deep within

Although fragmenting politics makes sense for the 'deep state', there is a risk of escalating the problems confronting the country.


 |  Breaking Views  |  3-minute read
Congress, Rajya Sabha, Kumar Ketkar, Politics

Why I said no to joining politics (and why journalists should say no too)

A journalist must remain just that: an observer and chronicler with strong views but not a player or participant in the tricky game of politics.


 |  6-minute read
Politics, Bangalore, Delhi, Water Crisis

Why India faces a major water crisis

Nearly 63 million people in India do not have access to safe drinking water.