Category Archives: Civil Society

Yakub Memon, A MUSLIM, Was Hanged

As the tamasha of late night court proceedings unfolded, I had a sense of déjà vu. A blood-thirsty nation would have to be satisfied. Yakub Memon must be hanged. He was a conspirator during the Bombay Blasts. He had taken … Continue reading

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Prof. Amartya Sen, Are the Indians Argumentative Enough?

[This was first published in Cafe Dissensus Everyday.] Some pieces are difficult to write. You know it’s not going to make many people happy. You know there is every chance that people will be offended with your politics. The choice … Continue reading

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Traun Tejpal: The Fall of the Mighty-Identifiable?

[First published in Cafe Dissensus Everyday.] It was almost a decade ago. The very year, Tehelka had conducted the Operation West End. I heard him speak in one of the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, classrooms. My teacher had invited … Continue reading

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Documentary: Muzaffarnagar Bleeds: A Reenactment of Gujarat Riots, 2002

[First published in Cafe Dissensus Everyday.] On 29 November, 2013, the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC) released a documentary on the Muzaffarnagar riots, unleashed between 7 and 9 September, 2013. The IAMC produced and presented the documentary titled, Muzaffarnagar Bleeds: A … Continue reading

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The Contradictions in Anna Hazare’s Movement

[This was written around the time Anna broke his fast. Might appear a little stale now!] Only the seeds of time will determine if Anna Hazare’s movement against corruption was a success or a failure. There have been numerous accounts … Continue reading

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