Category Archives: Current Affairs

Anonymity in death, and the right to die

Human societies lay great store by pomp, ceremony and rituals; indeed, people live and die by them.  In death, people become larger than life.  Funerals are occasions demanding great attention to detail, the reading of eulogies and the offering of … Continue reading

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Of Patriots, liberals and traitors

The anti-Liberal “patriots” who denounce majoritarian oppression against a minority in another country either perpetrate or tacitly support discrimination against minorities in their own country. Paradoxically, they adore the liberals of that country and denounce their own.

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Pakistanis have seen it all, what next?

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad once remarked that India is a country, while Pakistan is an experiment. Narendra Modi’s determination to enforce the ideology of Hindutva on one of the world’s most diverse and complex nations quickly transformed India from a normal … Continue reading

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Dear Kaptaan, this is not cricket

Politics and statecraft may not be a gentleman’s game like cricket, but one still needs to abide by the rules and maintain some measure of humility and civility. . . If allowed to develop unabated, this growing tendency to denounce all … Continue reading

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Our blinkers, biases and boasts

These good Samaritans had nothing in common with the people they served, except the bond of humanity. Everything, other than this common bond, set them apart: language, culture, religion, lifestyle, cuisine, costume, standard of living, everything. Can I think of any … Continue reading

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Pride, prejudice and parenting

(Note from author: This article was published in the Daily Times on 29 February 2012, following the death, on 5 October 2011, of Steve Jobs, founder of Apples Inc., who gave the world iMac, iPad and iPhone. It is perhaps the … Continue reading

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Knowing how much is enough or when to stop

Alas, too many of us discover this truth too late and at great cost. If only we knew how much is enough and when to stop, we wouldn’t need any gurus to keep us happy.

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Fake news and deception on social media

It has been known for years that people lose money to hackers and cheats on the Internet. We now know that even elections have been won or lost, careers made or destroyed, in fact lives have been ruined or cut … Continue reading

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Narendra Modi’s own goal

None of  Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “bold moves” has actually achieved anything, other than cause both short-term and long-term damage to India’s social cohesion, economic progress and political stability. But such is the Hindutva-inspired euphoria that people are applauding nonetheless.

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India & Pakistan: plague on both your houses

Nowhere in the world are the imperatives of cross-border travel and trade more pressing than between India and Pakistan. And nowhere in the world is this more restricted than here. This is not what the founding fathers had envisaged, not by … Continue reading

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