A quip on scholarship 

Scholarship is not a popularity contest. It cannot be equated with Facebook shares and retweets.It takes real hard work to publish a top tier paper. We cannot bring in reality TV metrics into academic life. Outreach and Scholarship are both vital.

Money.

In the era of now Bringing money on the table Buys respect More people Fewer Opportunities In Academia, is grants In the private sector Is called Business Development In the Non Profit space It’s known as Fund Raising The bottom line is the green back Bitcoin or not Money is the fuel of the engine … More Money.

Yogi, Ram Rajya and a ‘Political Hindu’ Paradigm 

The Yogi’s appointment as CM is a shock doctrine application of a leader which staunch Hindutva credentials. Such a decision would be unthinkable even in 2014. This is keeping in mind the elections in Gujarat, MP and Chattisgarh as these are the fortresses to win again. A certain Hindutva politics is mainstream in these states, … More Yogi, Ram Rajya and a ‘Political Hindu’ Paradigm 

Damascus in Dubai: Reconnections through Food

Kafteh. Syrian Restaurant in the Diaspora, Aroos Damascus in Deira, Dubai retains a semblance of a community with a shattered homeland. No service staff spoke in English, which in a global Dubai is refreshing as this is an an Arab Muslim City, which is conveniently lost in the Tagalog and Urdu or Malayalam cacophony. Language … More Damascus in Dubai: Reconnections through Food

Atrophy.

Home is a past Where atrophied dreams Seek empty reconciliation Innocent, reckless aspirations Who had told you to build castles In the ethereal web of firing neural networks Home is where one finds one Let it be a dream, stunted At least I am me For a flicker of a thought

India’s Gulf Policy Flows

India’s Gulf Policy is not run through South Block, thankfully but through the souqs of the port cities, the entrenched Bania/Malayali Diaspora and power networks flowing through Surat, Mundra, Mallapuram, Trivandrum and Borivali and Dahisar in Mumbai. JNU does not know a thing😊