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Seven Threats To Freedom Of Expression


The Telegraph

India, I have long maintained, is a fifty-fifty democracy. In some respects—such as free and fair elections, free movement of people—we are as democratic as any other country in the world. In other respects we lag noticeably behind. One such area is the freedom of expression. The first threat to freedom of expression is the retention [...]

History As Myth Myth As History


Hindustan Times

In the early years of this century, people—within and outside India—began speaking of our country emerging as a ‘knowledge superpower’. The proximate reason for this was the country’s then rising software industry. As that sturdy bellwether of the conventional wisdom, Thomas Friedman of the New York Times, wrote in 2005, India, once ‘known as a country [...]

By |2015-02-21T13:22:16+00:00January 18th, 2015|Categories: Politics and Current Affairs|Tags: , , , |

Wealth and Power in Modern India


New Republic

Book Review of "Capital: The Eruption of Delhi", Rana Dasgupta, Penguin Press. I The novelist and critic U. R. Ananthamurthy once said that India lives simultaneously in the twelfth and the twenty-first centuries. He might have added: and all the centuries in-between. No city better exemplifies Ananthamurthy’s maxim than the country’s capital, Delhi. The three port [...]

By |2015-01-28T22:15:28+00:00January 6th, 2015|Categories: Culture, Longer Essays|Tags: , , , |

Why Women Are So Unsafe In Our Cities


Hindustan Times

Some twenty years ago, a friend from Mumbai and I were discussing how women were treated in our cities. We both agreed that women were most unsafe in New Delhi, where the hostility to them took both verbal and physical forms. In Kolkata, Chennai, and Ahmedabad, women were rarely abused or attacked in public, so long [...]

By |2015-01-06T18:19:23+00:00January 4th, 2015|Categories: Politics and Current Affairs|Tags: |