The ‘fear of small numbers’ just keeps expanding, as there is no end to the process of othering as it is a vote bank in democracies. Inclusiveness should be the calling card in democracies rather than fear. Alt Right to the Hindu Right, the playbook is the same.
The meltdown is real and it is showing across media and digital. State power lies in the legal and security apparatus, and no amount of soft power and business can help. The passport control queues are the greatest equaliser available. The ability of the tech class to undermine the political elite will bite back in … More Is Deglobalisation Modern?
The ‘Remonetise India’ Campaign sponsored by the powerful Times Network is an amazingly skillful spin on humanising the impacts of Demonetisation, deploying celebrity power to influence the english speaking middle class to use less cash (the entire point of the demonetisation debate), so that the rural hinterland has access to cash, and they can keep … More The Spin: From DeMo to ReMo
Stardust Sansui Colors Awards 2017, the presenters Abhishek Bachchan and Retiesh Deshmukh crack a joke by paying ‘Homage’ to the 500/1000 rupee denomination note, making every one stand up on the pretext of honouring the departed souls for the past year. The celebrities cracked up. Another anecdote in the popular imagination regarding demonetisation.
The technical aspect in a research project is the structure, the approach in attacking the ‘proverbial’ research question. The structure of the research question is deconstructed in the form of the research method of the problem at hand. The research method can utilise the quantitative survey for data collection, mapping out the magnitude of the … More A scribble about research
Raees is SRK’s comeback vehicle as Salman’s Wanted in 2009, or Rajni Saar’s Kabali. The film is surely a cinematic upgrade to Rahul Dholakia’s films on 2002 carnage. The portrayal of the prohibition in Amdavad, is as filmy as it can be. But the film is more about the communal politics of Naroda Patiya, the … More Raees : Politics as Sub Text
Just to burst the Burj Khalifa Indian Flag Bubble, Pakistan’s flag was projected on its National Day last year. Nothing else, the nationalist exuberance really gets to me on Social Media. The armies of the gulf including the Trucial States were trained by the Pakistani Army since the 1950’s. Foreign Policy needs to be evaluated … More Bursting the Social Media Bubble
India as a republic in 1950 was an audacious step for a country which had its two arms severed off and had been independent for three years and only one fifth of its population literate with the princelings still holding on to their privy purses and zamindaris. It was unprecedented democratic experiment at its time … More Celebrating Republic Day
The Language Day in the south Asian context is a pivotal, watershed event which changed post colonial politics for ever. The blood spilled and lives lost by the language activist martyrs set the wagon rolling towards the eventual self determination of the Bengali people in 1971, after a genocide perpetrated by the Pakistani Army. The … More Remembering Basha Dibosh
Jaipur Literature Festival in January 2017, had a high-powered panel on titled ‘The Theater of Demonetisation’ as a creative act; as a work of creation. Polyglot Sanjeev Sanyal called the demonetization event as a leap into the dark. The theory has little to say, other than that there will be pain. The empirical perspective calls … More DeMo and Lit Fests: Popular Imagination Captured