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The West and Modi

The West and Modi

The West and Modi

Article by Minhaz Merchant on how Modi has become trouble for vested interests in the West and how they employ faux liberals in India to further their cause.

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Why the West finds Modi’s rise inconvenient

Why the West finds Modi’s rise inconvenient

Why the West finds Modi’s rise inconvenient

On why the death of numberless Iraqis is never called a “genocide” and why the West becomes greatly concerned with India’s Muslims every time there is an election.

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Separatism and the Indian way

Separatism and the Indian way

From the earliest of days, India’s way of dealing with the world has not changed. We have had, as our first and most important priority, the need to keep India one country.

Indians never attacked foreign countries for riches. Most of India’s wars were limited to internal squabbles — kingdoms attacking each other for larger shares of the sub-continent. The idea behind this was simple. Even though…

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On being shameless

Have you noticed how the whole shameful-shameless equation makes no sense? A shameless person, by definition, is without any shame. Now, shameless may not be a swearword, but as far as I know, it is definitely not a compliment. Oddly, nor is the concept of shame.

By that logic, if shame is an undesirable, shouldn’t shameless be the opposite?

The word shame is many times alternatively used for…

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The universal origin story

Finding the father

I recently watched a TED talk by Shekhar Kapurin which he talked about the urge to tell stories. Kapur said that we tell stories to fill the gaps in our understanding of the universe. For example, it is perhaps impossible for a human mind to fathom the ends of the universe, or the idea of a singularity, or the nature of how the universe came into existence. We are simply too small to be able to…

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Nothing draconian about Odisha’s anti-conversion law

Odisha’s so-called anti-conversion law

Religious conversion, especially the Christian missionary variety, has been the cause of much talk in recent times. Calls for banning all religious conversion are common. But some states in India already have very capable legislation to take care matters arising out of aggressive mass-conversion. These laws, even though present, are seldom put into effect for fear of drawing attention from…

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Never a good idea to underestimate Congress

I keep saying that the Congress is not stupid (despite what turbo-charged BJP supporters might be saying on Twitter). They haven’t managed to remain in power for five effing decades by being dumb. They aren’t the kind of losers funny memes make them look like.

They are heroes to many and villains to as many others and they are smart enough to milk these impressions. Recall all the small-time…

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How Shri Jagannath became a Marvel supervillain

How Lord Jagannath became a Marvel supervillain

The word Juggernaut in English means a relentless destroying force. Marvel Comics even has a supervillain character called Juggernaut in their X-Men stories. His mutant superpower is that he is utterly unstoppable. The story of how the word juggernaut entered the English language is equally interesting.

Lord Jagannath is a principal deity in my home state of Odisha. Originally a tribal god,…

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On being open-minded

Being open-minded is considered a trait of the educated. Ironically though, the best lesson on it is to be had from the most uneducated of humans – babies.

I once picked up my little (1-year-old) nephew Golu and looked straight into his eyes. I asked him what his name was. “Golu,” he said. I then asked him why his name was not Bholu. Golu didn’t laugh. He didn’t even smile. Instead, he frowned a…

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