- February 20, 2017
The fact that solidarity from Delhi matters in the narrative of India is a part of the problemThe recent set of highlighted events have completely blown away one myth that Delhi-based media wants to propagate — the myth that there is something called the “national media,” which represents concerns and realities beyond the NCR.
Delhi media spent most of its time and resources informing us about student unrest in Delhi and more recently, water shortage in Delhi due to protests on roads surrounding Delhi.READ MORE
When the nation-state’s ideology is a contested one, cricket reflects the contentionsThe rise of the Bangladesh cricket team has been one of the biggest stories of the cricketing word in recent years. The team has evolved from being a pariah to a weak side whose test-playing status was questioned to a scrappy maverick side to occasional giant killers to its present status as a worthy cricketing force. All through this rise, cricket in Bangladesh, as elsewhere in the subcontinent, has been a potent vehicle for nationalism.READ MORE
Bengalis, Marathis, and Tamils have no space in the new Anglo-Hindi ideology of India. This is the concluding part of yesterday’s long formThe “acceptable” Tamil or Bengali on-board a Chennai to Kolkata flight is one who understands English, if not Hindi. A Tamil lady who does not know English or Hindi does not deserve to be fully serviced at the airport or on-board. She is made to feel inadequate and out of place. It is a sad, sad commentary on the diversity showcasing PR blitz called “Incredible India.”READ MORE
India’s tourism policies paint a troubling picture of its government’s prejudices. This is the first part of a two-part long formFew things capture the seat-at-big-table yearnings of something as petty as Hindi-Hindu-Hindustan as the launch of the 12 language 24/7 tourist helpline launched on February 8, 2016 by Mahesh Sharma, union minister of state for tourism and culture.
As some aspirational browns want to look and act like whites while retaining Bollywood-inspired Hindi-Hindu characteristics, aka “Indian culture,” it’s important to understand the anti-people ideology thaT lies beneath some apparently people-friendly initiatives, such as the 12 language helpline.READ MORE