Category Archives: Indian Politics

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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What does AAP’s Victory in Delhi Assembly Election say about Muslims?

I must begin with a caveat: I am neither a political analyst nor a psephologist. Like many in India, I am an avid follower of politics and try to make sense of the happenings with common sense. This piece is … Continue reading

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An Interview with Prof. Jagdish Bhagwati

In this Cafe Dissensus conversation, Prof. Jagdish Bhagwati speaks to me. He is the University Professor of Law and Economics at Columbia University and Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. A renowned expert on international trade, he has served in … Continue reading

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The Aam Aadmi in Indian General Elections 2014

[First published in Cafe Dissensus.] On 5 February, 2010, Rahul Gandhi visited Mumbai and traveled in a local train. A newspaper reported, “He boarded a fast local at Andheri at 1pm to Dadar and walked across the foot overbridge to come … 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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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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A Letter to Mr. Chetan Bhagat

Dear Mr. Chetan Bhagat, I have been meaning to write this since yesterday, when I read your well-intentioned letter. But as you might know, we academics are a little slow to get off the block. Sometimes it’s our inertia; at other … Continue reading

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