The Culture Of Conservatism

The dust-up over Mr. Muthalik’s acceptance into the BJP is fresh grist for the mills of the culture-and-politics debate. With the BJP poised to make a comeback, the talk raging in club and canteen alike, is expectedly getting heated and will likely stay that way until May’s answer to this Umm al-electoral Maarik. After which, …

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Hinduism’s Canon

It is often said of Hinduism that, unlike the Abrahamic religions, it is not a religion of the book; that it does not have a cornerstone scripture to serve as congregator. More than being completely erroneous, this is an uninformed canard that implicitly suggests, Hinduism's true place is more in line with Paganism than with …

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Does Feminism have a gender?

Search high and low and you will perhaps, come up with a clutch of male names who bravely call themselves feminists. This is more than a little surprising if you consider that most people agree on the fundamentals of equality, freedom and justice, for all. Our age records ‘humanist’ as a proud badge; yet, it …

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The unsung merits of Doordarshan in a consumerist age

Doordarshan Bharati is India’s PBS. Only, a more fusty version that continues to have a dedicated viewership due to the nonpareil content of its archives. It is a veritable Geniza of everything Indian – culture, language, music, arts and literature. The words, India and Indian, mean many things to each of us and the diverse …

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The Cricket of our entertainment: Bollywood

The past few weeks have heard and seen much comment on the typecasting of women in commercial Indian cinema with discussion centering on the consequences of cinema’s commodification of women as symbols of sexual desire.  A closer look at both the medium and its controversies seems to reveal a paradox at play. There was a …

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‘Madagascar’ and Omega3 Fatty acids. The philosophical and nutritional impact of food on violent behaviour

[This essay is also published by CRI and is on their website under the title, ‘The biology of vegetarianism’. You can also follow the lively discussion under ‘Comments’] It is often said of sausages, that if people knew how they were made, most wouldn’t eat them. In the carefree period of my days as an …

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Capital Punishment as deterrent – Flawed reasoning?

This is written in response to the recent article in India Real Time on the rising clamour for Capital Punishment in the wake of the barbaric rape of and assault on a young 23 year old girl in New Delhi. As the headline suggests; the gist of the argument is that Capital Punishment (the focus …

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