Commentary Category


Posted On May 26, 2016By SandeepIn Commentary

The Cradle of Dravidianist Tamil

The second part of the series titled "Among the Dravidianists" tracing the origins, growth and consequences of the Dravidian ideology. Read More

Posted On May 21, 2016By SandeepIn Commentary

Among the Dravidianists

Introduction The Tamil country stands tallest among all Indian regions that swallowed the missionary and colonial propaganda of the Aryan Invasion Theory very early in the day. More specifically, sections of the Tamil country uncritically swallowed the “Dravidian” propaganda, internalized it, gave it an ideological shape premised basically on the linguistic separateness of Tamil. Among the other negative consequences, this propaganda over the years has resulted in a sordid, mass de-Hinduization of today’s Tamil Nadu and continues to push the missionary agenda–both overt and covert–of Christianizing Tamil Nadu with greaterRead More

Posted On April 20, 2016By SandeepIn Commentary

Ego and Death: The Story of a Scientist

The following should count as one of the most revealing answers appearing in Mahabharata’s Yaksha Prashna episode that occurs between Yudhishtira and Yaksha (a celestial being): Yaksha: What is the most surprising thing in this world? Yudhishtira: The most surprising thing in this world is that although a person sees animals and other people dying everyday, he thinks that he alone is immortal. This should count as one of the profoundest lessons in Human ego, a feature unique perhaps among all of creation. There is no greater feeling or expressionRead More

Posted On June 5, 2014By SandeepIn Commentary

Bangalore Nagarathnamma : A Profile

Note: This is my abridged translation of the original Kannada authored by D.V. Gundappa (popularly known as DVG), part of the 1987 centenary edition of his Jnapaka Chitrashale. Copyright for the original rests with GIPA. When DVG wrote this profile, Bangalore Nagarathnamma  was still alive. Bangalore Nagarathnamma  hailed from Mysore. She is different from Kolar Nagarathnamma .  Kolar Nagarathnamma ‘s mother was Nanjundasani, a renowned scholar and artist both in classical music and Bharatanatyam. She had won numerous accolades among both the laymen and pundits alike. She was more famous asRead More
William Dalrymple

Posted On May 31, 2014By SandeepIn Commentary

To the White Mughal and his Lies

Dear Willie, Forgive me for using that endearment, which I came to understand recently is reserved for those close to you. I had initially started out my salutation as “Dear Mr. William Dalrymple, Sir” given that you are the inheritor of the Great British Raj—indeed, your illustrious bloodline had a judge, a no mean position to decorate during those imperial days. But then you claim in your numerous books and essays that you have immense love for this land, its people, customs, diversity, and the rest of the good stuffRead More
Aavarana Cover

Posted On February 24, 2014By SandeepIn Commentary

Aavarana–The Veil: A Personal Journey

Born in a tiny village that’s pretty nonexistent for the world even outside the Hassan district. Lost his mother and three siblings by the time he was 10 or so. A father who had abandoned any semblance of responsibility towards the family, and who on occasion stole his teenage son’s twenty two rupees, earned towards his school fees by selling odd wares in a village fair. A semi-orphan who stood outside cinema “tents” as a ticket-checker. A hardworking student who quit his high school and walked on the railway tracksRead More
As the year draws to a close, I’m back again with the annual ritual of this blog. 2013 has truly been a year of several revelations, each one tumbling rapdily after the other. Most of them have, needless to say, been nauseating. However, the biggest positive revelation has been the emergence of Narendra Modi as a pan Indian leader. But then given how the loathsome people have continued to remain in important positions, and continue to give a dogged fight against the positives, the list has to be made. AndRead More

Posted On September 29, 2013By SandeepIn Commentary, Indian Politics


Note: This is my translation of Pratap Simha’s column published in Kannada Prabha on 28 September 2013. Jagadish Shettar. Sadananda Gowda. K.S. Eshwarappa. R. Ashoka. Prahlad Joshi. Ananth Kumar. One incumbent Chief Minister. Another one, a former Chief Minister. Two Chief Ministers. Two Deputy Chief Ministers. This apart, one party president appointed solely to prevent the voters of North Karnataka from moving away from the party. One “national face” of the party (a general secretary no less)! The man who built the party from the scratch–L.K. Advani and Sushma Swaraj,Read More
NOTE: This is my translation of Pratap Simha’s column in Kannada Prabha published on 21 Sep 2013. In Goa on 9 June 2013, Narendra Modi was appointed as the head of the BJP’s campaign committee. In the wake of this important development, Ross Colvin and Sruthi Gottipati from Reuters conducted an interview with him. Here’s one of the questions from that interview followed by Modi’s response to it: Reuters: Do you regret what happened? Modi: I’ll tell you. India’s Supreme Court is considered a good court today in the world.Read More

Posted On September 12, 2013By SandeepIn Commentary, Indian Politics, Nehruvianism

The Modi Juggernaut

Irony and decency die a million deaths each time Rahul Gandhi opens his mouth. Rahul indeed is the most powerful man in India today; consider this—ever since he took over as the Congress party’s Vice President, a single statement, any statement he makes has the power to crush the economy. India is a beehive. India is energy. India is a bouquet. Poverty is a state of mind. India doesn’t need infrastructure. An endless stream of demented thoughts when he doesn’t even have a ministry. Just imagine what’d occur if heRead More
This is my translation of Pratap Simha’s article published in Kannada Prabha on 7 September 2013. Comments and criticism welcome as always. “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within,” said Cicero back in the time BC. If we replace the word “nation” in his quote with “party,” it will be a perfect mirror to the developments currently occurring in a national party called the Bharatiya Janata Party. There’s a reason we need to say this: Lal Krishna Advani Sushma SwarajRead More

Posted On September 4, 2013By SandeepIn Commentary

India Through Western Eyes

Note: This piece was published in the latest edition of the Oberoi magazine. The published piece contains a few edits. This one is the unedited version. Comments and criticism welcome as always. India through Western Eyes    Heart rending stories of utter destitution inside a slum and/ or on the pavements? Check. Soul crushing tales of a poor/oppressed AIDS or terminally ill patient? Check. Tales of police brutality and/or bureaucratic corruption endured by a helpless person? Check. An elaborate account of a superstitious ritual? Check. An even more elaborate accountRead More