When gung-ho posturing happens, the pit-poor daily wage earners like fishermen ultimately pay for itIn this world of breaking news and constant updates, we sometimes need some distance in time to digest the full implications of an event. A good example is the recent “terror-boat” incident off the Porbandar coast of the Gujarat state of the Indian Union, where a boat caught fire (still unclear how) and sank without any known survivors.READ MORE
There was something in the enthusiasm of the Bangladesh solidarity initiatives that didn’t quite fit into the India-Bangladesh narrativeFor decades, the ruling groups of the subcontinent have duped its peoples into submission by using so-called “national security” smokescreens and various other whipped-up concerns.
This should not come as a surprise. The word “con” is right there in the middle of the subcontinent. The transfer of power in 1947 created enduring myths of glory in entities to which the British transferred their power.READ MORE
Any society that has some respect for ethics and truth must protect whistleblowersIn the game of football, if someone commits a foul and hence breaks the rules of the game, the referee blows a whistle. The referee, in this case, is letting everyone know that something wrong has happened. In real life, a whistleblower is a person who reports a wrongdoing, including criminal activities.READ MORE
Members of the species who had become one with the tiger have moved on to another issueWe live in a subcontinent where the ideas of home and roots are being constantly challenged by a minority who look upon these things as a hindrance to their upward mobility and lifestyle choices.
They are being able to mount a challenge because of their disproportionate over-representation among the rich, the powerful, the Anglophone and the connected – all of which amount to their casting a long shadow in the world of urban opinion-making and general policy.READ MORE