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    ...I have been there for you for centuries now. Steaming with delight and graceful seduction, I carry within me the anxious mother’s need to provide comfort to her ailing child, or the desire for delectable endeavour when the pitter patter of raindrops strike the fresh earth. At every age, in every mood, on every occasion, you have craved for me, sometimes secretly and at other times fervently. You might not have shown me off as your best shot at culinary grandness. On various occasions, you might have set me aside, perhaps for something more indulgent, more ostentatious. But would you deny your eternal love for me? Patient as a loving parent, I have stood by resolutely for you, to provide you with swift contentment in moments of distress and of joy. ...

    Indian Express on Nov. 2, 2017, 5:37 p.m.

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    ...Politics is a strange game in India. A few personalities have gone on to occupy the collective political consciousness of the people and acquire a larger than life image. One is frequently reminded of the remark made by Congress president Dev Kant Barooah back in the days of Emergency in 1976 when he said, “India is Indira and Indira is India”. By equating the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to the whole nation, Barooah had not only given her a larger than life image, but also justified every act of oppression exercised by her. On Wednesday, when Yoga guru Ramdev Baba declared Prime Minister Narendra Modi as ‘Rashtra Rishi’ while addressing an event, he did not just honour him with the epithet that roughly translates as ‘saint dedicated to the country’, but also gave him a God-like status. ...

    Indian Express on May 3, 2017, 6:31 p.m.

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    ...Given this fact, we might say that centuries from now, when an eager scholar trying to decode India of the 2000s, picks up a novel written by the highly popular Chetan Bhagat, he or she would very well be encouraged to think of a generation of Indians, stuck with their ‘first world problems’ of boring, unstable careers and confused love lives involving multiple break ups. He or she might be inclined to think of a linguistic culture in the country that spoke in the Queen’s language dotted with phrases like ‘deti hai to de varna kat le” (a dialogue of the hero in the Bhagat’s novel Half-Girlfriend). Suffice it to say, that the analysis is not completely wrong. A large majority of us do indeed speak in a similar language and face familiar problems. ...

    Indian Express on April 25, 2017, 5:57 p.m.

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    ...In a recent talk held at Lucknow, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor is reported to have said that the Indian epics, Mahabharata and Ramayana, should be taught as literature to school kids rather than as religious texts. Tharoor’s comment is bound to attract backlash from those who firmly believe that the two great epics are distilled Hindu wisdom. However, if one were to examine Tharoor’s remark objectively, one would realise why it is indeed necessary to read the Ramayana and the Mahabharata as literary achievements produced in the Indian subcontinent, rather than as Hindu texts. In the first place, historians have over and again remarked upon the fact that Hinduism as we know it today is far from being an institutionalised religion like Islam or Christianity. ...

    Indian Express on Feb. 20, 2017, 8:46 p.m.

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    ...Poor History! It has been a tough year for the subject. In these times of blogging and social media, when everyone feels like an expert on historical methodologies, the real victim has been the subject itself. All through the year, this rather boring subject that school kids consider some kind of a torture designed by their teachers, has been struggling hard to free itself from the constant tussle between political motives of the ‘left’ and the ‘right’. It would be quite apt to say that 2016 has been the year of victimisation of history. The problems started right in the beginning of the year when the suicide of a PhD scholar led to aggressive discussions on the caste system in India and its historical existence. This was soon followed by whether or not history allowed women to enter certain religious spaces. ...

    Indian Express on Dec. 26, 2016, 4:50 p.m.

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    ...I was fresh out of school when I was first introduced to history as a discipline of higher academia that I would go on to pursue as my subject of expertise for the next several years to come. Far removed from the obsession with memorisation of dates and names as was the case with studying history in school, the subject in higher academia takes a very different form, wherein the ‘what’, ‘where’ and ‘when’ matter much lesser than the ‘how’ and ‘why’. My first lesson of History in college taught me that it is the story behind history writing that is far more important that the facts of history in themselves. Watch video When the whole issue of the Kohinoor diamond being returned to India surfaced earlier this year, I was quite amused to observe the obsession of Indians with an object that supposedly represents our cultural heritage. ...

    Indian Express on Dec. 12, 2016, 5:10 p.m.

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    ...It’s been a long, hard fought electoral season in America ending with an outcome that shocked the world. Donald Trump’s victory came as a rude shock, especially considering that prediction polls across America was confident of Clinton’s strong lead even a day before elections. Trump’s victory surely rocked America into looking within at the deep divisions in its society, that run far deeper than they had fathomed. However, what was more unexpected than the results was the victory speech of Donald Trump- balanced and mature, nothing like what we have been hearing from him since the beginning of the electoral campaign, nor were we expecting to hear from him. Watch video Anti-immigration and a lash out against minorities were the recurrent theme in Trump’s every speech before the election day. ...

    Indian Express on Nov. 10, 2016, 5:19 p.m.