Shiv Visvanathan

OPEN TO OPINION

The writer is a social nomad

ART & CULTURE

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POLITICS

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Modi, like Trump, symbolises the age of democratic dictatorship

It is as if India is tired of the slowness of democracy and suffers from China or Pakistan envy, where dictators take quick decisions.

VARIETY

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What Satya Nadella can teach us about need for multidisciplinary framework to broaden knowledge

The old binaries of education need to be revisited, interconnecting knowledge and people into networks of creativity is fundamental.

POLITICS

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BJP is a party of mediocrity, an idea kept alive by those who fear new ideas

India is being out thought and out fought and the biggest tragedy will be the destruction that comes with it.

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In the new India, wisdom is becoming outdated recipe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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.