Posts Tagged “india”

Why the BJP is right in expelling Jaswant Singh

by Ritwik on August 23, 2009

To sum up this issue: It is right to expel jaswant singh, but wrong to silence him. You cannot continue in a party unless you accept it’s core ideological position. However, his book should not be banned.

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Should Kasab be hanged?

by Ritwik on July 28, 2009

Should Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone captured perpetrator of the mumbai terrorist attacks, be hanged for his crimes? Legally he deserves the death sentence, but ideologically it might be better for india to imprison him for life. His death would give his handlers the opportunity to construct a cult of martyrdom around him.

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Theatre of the absurd: outcomes of the Lyngdoh Committee Report

by Ritwik on July 22, 2009

The following is a riveting drama possible only in the contradiction that is India.
*a nod to history: all characters & situations in the following work are purely imaginary. Any resemblence to persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
The players:
The Long Arm of The Law: it is omniscient. It extends everywhere, in every domain, in every direction.
JM Lyngdoh and minions – tasked by The Long Arm of The Law to rewrite the rules of student union elections.

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Why statues won’t help Mayawati

by Ritwik on July 17, 2009

The reporting of the latest statue building exercise hasn’t touched upon the topic of electoral gain: will this statue building spree benefit Mayawati electorally?

Since I am not a journalist,I will go ahead and do what most Indians are very happy doing in their drawing rooms/paan shops/offices/playgrounds etc etc – predict the fate of politicians and political parties.

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Equal Rights are not a zero sum game: Response to Swapan Dasgupta

by Ritwik on July 8, 2009

Appliepiecrust has written a strong rejoinder to Swapan Dasgupta’s diatribe against gay rights. You can read it here Excerpts: Mr. Dasgupta is concerned about “in-your-face-gayness” and militant gay activism, and believes all gay activism to be defined by this “perverseness.” (…)

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Great Danes

by Ritwik on July 8, 2009

A poem critical of colonialism and of those who overlook the role it has in the present poverty of so-called third world countries like India. Comparative analysis of Denmark and India.

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Boot Cake in Gujarat

by Ritwik on July 8, 2009

This week NDTV 24×7 will be airing Kathryn Millard’s film, The Boot Cake at the following times: The Bootcake – a film by Kathryn Millard – Part 1 July 4: 3 – 4 pm July 5: 1 – 2 pm (…)

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Reinterpretation of Dreams – a critique

by Ritwik on July 2, 2009

A critique of Jean Dreze’s Interpretation of Dreams that appeared in Times of India. This critique focuses on how Dreze has failed to appreciate the significant impact colonialism has in India’s present state of poverty and illiteracy. Also examines the impact of colonialism in widening caste based disparities in India.

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