Burning Issues

Burning Issues India and the World is Facing

मैं इसलिए 2024 में मोदी को वोट नहीं दूँगा

Narendra Modi in Long Beard

आप को बचपन से सिखाया गया… “बेटा, कमा कर खाओ, पुरुषार्थी बनो, दूसरों का मुंह मत ताको।” और वही आप करते भी हैं: अपना काम मेहनत से करते हैं, समय पर टैक्स भरते हैं, बिजली चोरी नहीं करते, रेडलाइट जम्प नहीं करते…दूसरे शब्दों में आप एक ‘उत्तरदायी नागरिक’ हैं, पर आपको आज तक मिला क्या, …

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Green Diwali: Annoying, Misleading, and Insidious Propaganda

Celebrate Green Diwali

Green Diwali. You’re serious about it. And why wouldn’t you? The night sky on Diwali can make any sensible person frown at the absurdity of crackers. Deafening noise pierces eardrums like a needle desperate to bust a balloon. Nasty debris tortures eyes as if you’re trapped in a dust storm in the Thar desert. And …

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Are You a Nationalist? (What Makes You Think So?)

“I am a Hindu nationalist.” The Indian prime minister, Mr. Narendra Modi’s statement, created a lot of controversies once. People started asking each other, “Are you a nationalist? What kind?” TV news channels conducted debates about nationalism, and still, nobody can answer who is a nationalist and who’s not. Let’s keep the politics behind nationalism …

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Loudspeakers And Religious Sentiments: Are They Interconnected?

My mother once asked me: “How about organizing a ‘Jagaran?’” (a musical night honoring Goddess Durga). “Well, that’s a nice idea, but I shall disconnect the loudspeakers as soon as the clock hits ten since speakers are not allowed post 10 pm. The musical group can sing the ‘Bhajans’ and ‘Bhents’ the whole night but …

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Ghar Wapsi (Why Blaming Muslims and Christians Won’t Help)

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. – Edmund Burke. Ghar Wapsi. It happened in Agra, a city in Uttar Pradesh. Few notable Hindu organizations welcomed back Muslims (former Hindus) into Sanatan Dharma. They termed it ‘Ghar Wapsi’—homecoming. “Those Muslims were either converted by force or …

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Don’t Blame The Government (A Brutally Honest Advice)

Blame the Government: Indian Flag

You blame The Government for: Corruption. Unemployment. Potholes. Dry taps. Mosquitoes. And whatnot. Blaming the government for everything is the norm. We—as a society, as a country—are habituated to criticize the government. And why wouldn’t we? What’s easier than finding fault with the governments? When we bash the government—the councilors, the MLAs, the MPs, the …

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