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Posted On April 7, 2016By SandeepIn Media Watch

Contours of a Demographic Siege

A defining characteristic of our Secular-Left-Liberal academics is their incredible felicity to theorise reality. This theory is then injected into public discourse by their handmaidens in the media. As a consequence, we now have an entire generation of academics who sit in the lawns and lounges of India International Centre and spout out the “real” reason for say, the Muzaffarnagar riots and reel off reams of “analyses.” Equally, we have an entire generation of journalists whose faculties rebel against even the notion of stepping out their TV studios. And inRead More
This is a guest post by Dr. Gautam Sen, who formerly taught at the London School of Economics. Dr. Sen is also an avid social and political commentator. He also puts to rest a new dangerous line being advocated by a few, which goes variously as the “aspirational Muslim” and so on. If India ever implodes in self-destruction, which seems all too likely with its wobbly political fortunes, its epitaph must surely be ‘hurt feelings of the aspiring mediocre’. Along with the rise of its kaleidoscopic caste politics, insane motoringRead More

Posted On January 21, 2013By SandeepIn Commentary

The Rape of Our Epics: Conclusion

Read the previous parts: 1, 2, 3, and 4. Why shouldn’t we be outraged, why shouldn’t millions be outraged, when a woman writes a piece that’s based on factual errors, falsification, and selective reading about women that millions of Indians regard as role models? What exactly gives Nilanjana Roy the right to insult the icons and role models of other people based on her worldview of how women should be? If Nilanjana Roy for example, calls Surpanakha a wronged woman based on convenient and/or selective readings, I can in theRead More

Posted On January 18, 2013By SandeepIn Commentary

The Rape of Our Epics: Part 4

Read the previous parts: 1, 2, and 3. So where were we? Popular discussion? Niyoga? No…well, yes, we were at the three princesses: Amba, Ambika and Ambalika. Pardon my confusion. I mean, confusion happens when Nilanjana Roy mixes up timelines. Imagine my plight: she begins with Sita, then moves to Draupadi. Correct: from Treta Yuga to Dwapara Yuga. Then she spends some time in Dwapara Yuga. Suddenly she reverts to Treta Yuga, she reverts to Shurpanakha. But does she stop there? No. Without warning, she drags in Hidimbi.   ThatRead More

Posted On January 16, 2013By SandeepIn Commentary

The Rape of Our Epics: Part 3

Read Parts 1 and 2. After trying to force-fit Draupadi into the feminist mould, Nilanjana Roy sets her sights on Amba, Ambika and Ambalika in yet another extremely revealing paragraph. Amba is, again, silenced in popular discussion, and yet her story remains both remarkable and disquieting — the woman who will even become a man in order to wreak revenge on the man who first abducts and then rejects her. There is nothing easy about her story, as anyone who has tried to rewrite the Mahabharata knows; or about theRead More

Posted On January 14, 2013By SandeepIn Commentary

The Rape of Our Epics: Part 2

Is Draupadi Rarely Referenced? After failing to show how Sita’s abduction by Ravana and her abandonment by Rama qualify as “rape” and/or “sexual assault,” Nilanjana Roy turns to Draupadi whom she characterizes as follows: Draupadi’s story is rarely referenced, though it is powerfully told in the Mahabharata. Draupadi’s reaction, after Krishna rescues her from Dushasana’s assault while her husbands and clan elders sit by in passive silence, is not meek gratitude. She berates the men for their complicity and their refusal to defend her; instead of the shame visited onRead More

Posted On January 14, 2013By SandeepIn Commentary, Media Watch

The Rape of Our Epics: Part 1

Introduction Nilanjana Roy’s Business Standard piece on Jan 08, 2013 entitled A woman alone in the forest is just the latest in what has become a much-lauded fad. A fad whose staple diet consists of a distorted reading of Indian epics, misinterpretations aplenty, sleights of hand, concealment, and open falsehood. We’ve seen the disastrous results of what happens when such untruths come to be accepted as truth—simply put, they multiply and over time gain such wide currency that even when the truth is pointed out, people simply dismiss it asRead More
Disclaimer: This piece is going to piss off a lot of people. I mean no offence but if you do take offence, I consider it a deed well done. One of the defining sentences in the various analyses of post-Independence Hindu revivalism, which is also original is this: Hindus have been playing the game by the rules set by their enemies. [Ed: Paraphrased] Elst wrote this in his masterful Decolonizing the Hindu Mind in 2001. More than a decade ago. As we see, very little has changed since then. IfRead More

Posted On July 21, 2012By SandeepIn Commentary, Indian Politics

A Tale of Two Women

It appears that this lazy, somnambulist nation wakes up only when tragedies of mammoth proportions erupt. It wakes up but for a bit and lapses again into sleepwalking. However, in that brief interval, something resembling the good and the just occurs. It took China to crush Nehru’s Han-friendship wet dreams to wake us up. It took decades upon decades of Indira-inflicted suffering to finally vote her out for however brief a period. It similarly took decades upon decades to realize that Islamic snake oil was sold in the name ofRead More
I know, I know. The title of this post will only rile up Salil Tripathi further because he’s big on things like “tone,” and “civility,” which he cites are the reasons he doesn’t engage with me. Isn’t that a jolly way to wriggle out of an open invitation for debate? And poor me, despite being snubbed thus repeatedly, offered to take him up on his terms: of politeness, civility, and even asked him to set the terms of the debate. The constantly-travelling Londoner responded to this offer with…silence. There. SnubbedRead More

Posted On June 12, 2012By SandeepIn Commentary

Meet India’s MISTER Oprah

Time is late breakfasts every Sunday. Nostalgia is watching recreated hour-long bow-and-arrow matches that took place 7000 years ago. Memories are the excitement of watching these hour-long bow-and-arrow matches with parents, siblings, uncles, aunts, cousins, neighbours, friends, and random strangers trooping into your house every Sunday at 9:30 AM. Whatever you want to fault Decrepit Doordarshan, you can’t fault it for being a good example of the Law of Unintended Consequences. For the first time since its miserable beginnings as the propaganda machine of the Congress party, it hit payRead More
Death totally destroys any sense of perspective in most people. The more famous a death is, the greater the perspective-destruction. Every idiot will become intelligent in death and the vilest degenerate will be sanctified. It’s not their fault, it’s the fault of the everyday idiots who are still living, who want to sound composed and dignified and saintly and even philosophical. The evil that men do lives after them, and the good may or not oft be interred in their bones but what of a lifetime spent in the limelightRead More