Burning Issues

Burning Issues India and the World is Facing

Pollution is Not the Real Problem (It’s a Symptom of Something Far Dangerous)

Politicians are liars. They can make you believe anything they want. Heck, they can even turn lies into truths. How? By repeating them over and over again. A lie they have been propagating since eternity is that the gravest danger India face is pollution. But the reality is quite different: pollution is not the issue, …

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Green Diwali Conspiracy (Say No to Crackers? Why Not Say YES?)

Have you seen the night sky on Diwali? It’s horrible. The deadly smoke and harmful suspended particles float in the air like birds in the open sky. Infants, young children, asthma patients… Diwali is a freaking nightmare for them—there’s a truckload of air pollution. *cough* *cough* Heck, it makes you feel like a coughing, choked, …

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

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

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How “Loud” are Your Religious Sentiments?

My mother once asked me: ‘How about organising a “Jagaran?”‘ (a musical night honouring 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 or Christians Won’t Help?)

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke. Recently, some Hindu organisations in Agra, Uttar Pradesh organised “Ghar Wapsi.” These organisations reasoned that these Muslims were converted forcefully or duped into Islam and they were inviting them back to Hinduism through Ghar Wapsi. A …

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Khadi Boli is an Indecent Language (Really?)

Just the other day… I posted a link to my blog avdheshtondak.com with a sentence in “Khadi Boli” on a YouTube channel: “भाई, पर्सनैलटी डवलप करणी है के? तो टेम क्यूँ खो रा, आजा मेरी वेबसाइट पै… AvdheshTondak.com.” Within minutes, I got a reply from the channel owner. He suggested If I wanted to promote …

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Don’t Blame the Government; Do This Instead (A Brutally Honest Advice)

Don't Blame the Government: Indian National Flag

You blame the government for: Corruption. Potholes. Dry taps. Mosquitoes. Illiteracy. Unemployment. And whatnot. Blaming the government for most, if not all of our problems is “normal.” We, as a society and as a country, are habituated to criticise the government. And why wouldn’t we? It’s easier that way, right? You see, we need to …

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