Archive for the “General Interest” category

Don’t be surprised at Yogi Adityanath’s elevation

by Ritwik on March 21, 2017

Adityanath’s elevation as UP CM indicates Modi and Shah’s continued ideological clarity and tactical nous. The signs are troubling for progressive politics in India.

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The Political Calculus of Demonetization

by Ritwik on November 13, 2016

Modi revels in painting himself as a lone crusader against the established order. He has successfully used this tactic in Gujarat, and against the old guard in the BJP. If the opposition unitedly attacks demonetization, Modi is going to pretend that they want to stop him from doing good for the country.

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Delhi Kiss of Love Event: Q & A

by Ritwik on November 8, 2014

India seems to be on the brink of something similar to what happened in Pakistan, Iran and other places, where the historically open and plural nature of the society is being sought to be radically re-engineered from within.

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Are all forms of ‘questioning’ of the same importance?

by Ritwik on November 2, 2014

It is my submission that a ‘Rational’ critique is more substantive, powerful and effective, than other modes of critique. A rational critique offers up features that may be missing in other critiques, namely, a framework of analysis, articulation of alternatives and a replicable, universalizable, systematic approach.

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A discussion on trial by media and its ethical limits

by Ritwik on December 27, 2013

A discussion on TV reporting and its ethical limits in the background of Khurshid Anwar’s media trial and his subsequent suicide.It will be an open forum.Prominent journalists will be participating in the discussion.

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this is the kind of lazy, blinkered reportage

by Ritwik on July 9, 2013

As if both ‘Hinduism’ and ‘Buddhism’ [both isms are by the way recent constructs made by westerners] are monolithic entities with all of Buddhism being ‘rational’ [um, Tibetan Buddhism?] and all of Hinduism being ‘mystic’ [um, nyaya or sankhya or for that matter the philosophical part of Advaita Vedanta?]

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Mannequin Lingerie Ban in Mumbai – It’s about controlling women, not men

by Ritwik on May 29, 2013

While the BMC is trying to spin this move as a means to control men by removing from sight a ‘provocative’ object, it should be more than clear that the real attempt is to control women’s sexuality.

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Nandy Controversy – Not isolated but part of a worrying pattern

by Ritwik on January 27, 2013

Here is a former national president of the main opposition party, publicly threatening IT officials. There seems to be no imminent threat to Mr Gadkari’s liberty. In contrast, an academic’s loose comments have attracted non-bailable provisions of the law!

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Delhi gangrape case – protest at India gate!

by Ritwik on December 19, 2012

Please join protest against lack of safety, particularly for women, in Delhi. India Gate, 5pm, 19 December 2012. ——— On demands of castration and death sentences: Its a reflection of the helplessness felt by even our “upper classes” (on fb) (…)

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6 Things To Like About The Jaipur Literature Festival 2012

by Ritwik on January 24, 2012

it may have got a load of bad press, but there were some really positive things about Jaipur Literature Festival 2012.

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How the Parliamentary Committee has “managed” Lokpal

by Ritwik on December 9, 2011

“If a case is made out, it would be referred to CBI in stage 3 which will investigate independently of the Lokpal or ministries.” There goes any chance of the Lokpal actually doing any good whatsoever. In true Indian way, it has been “managed” …

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The best way to spend your money this diwali – donate to Wikileaks

by Ritwik on October 26, 2011

I for one can’t think of a better way of spending my money this Diwali, than by helping Wikileaks in whatever small way I can.

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