demonetization of higher denomination currency

Demonetization – The Need for Qualified Political Support

At a time when media and political discussions are hijacked by views that arise from blind following or unjustified hatred, we cannot overstate the importance of conjunctions in political discourse, and the need for qualified political support. Every issue that comes up divides people into opposing camps that are unwilling to hear what the other […]

Significance of national symbols are less than the importance of life, liberty and dignity of individual citizens

Relevance and Significance of National Symbols

The recent controversy around someone refusing to shout “Bharat Mata ki Jai” reminded me of an incident sometime back, when a family was reportedly harassed in a theater because they did not stand up for the national anthem. It is bad enough to have a legal requirement to play the national anthem at every screening, and it is absolutely outrageous for […]

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JNU Row – Nationalism and the Right to Dissent

Recent events at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi, and the political drama that followed has divided Indians into those who identify themselves as nationalists and others who, equally proudly, proclaim themselves anti-national. The debate has pitted those who pretend to champion freedom of expression and dissent against those who will tolerate no act that may be deemed seditious or […]