Year 2014 does not have much of a choice. We are not just talking about its imminence. It’s dawn on the appointed day has been determined centuries back when calendars were tweaked in Europe and then subsequently adjusted to various astronomical and modern conveniences. So if the calendar says it is 2014 then it has to be 2014. But having thus been fixed, we are also today talking of ‘ushering’ it in, in all celebratory delight, as if the new year would halt hesitatingly at the threshold of 2013 if we do not invite it in with proper respects. So either way, 2014 is upon us.
It is a small, tentative step up a slippery slope. Still it calls for some cautious elation. That the jinxed Lokpal which has been stranded in the streets, entangled in bureaucratic red tape, buried many a time in political quicksands and defied consensus even amidst its champions has ultimately... Read More >>
Let me take the easy and lazy way out this time by resorting to some cut and paste journalism. I shall reproduce below some sections from this column written during the run up to the formation of AAP. Despite the possible irritations that an ‘I told you so’ smirk evokes, I will still do this... Read More >>
Some suspense always lingers during the time lag between voting and counting. Not so with the recent elections to five State assemblies. Sure, it is never a good idea to deem a future result as a foregone conclusion. But there is one strong reason why not just ‘scientific’ opinion/exit polls... Read More >>
A rash of sex-scandals have turned out to be dicey diversions from the dour financial scams and the dreary poll din that dog our hours. Snoopgate - the alleged surveillance of a young woman by Gujarat authorities with the blessings of the rulers there - and a sexual harassment... Read More >>
Nothing else really matters today, the 15th of November. There is no significance about the date. It might as well have been the 14th or 16th. All that counted was when Sachin would bat and that date would have automatically become an undeclared national holiday. But the speci... Read More >>
All Hindu festivals are multi-layered. The most popular Deepavali at a superficial level, comes at the start of a season when there is extended darkness in the mornings and early ones in the evening. The array of lights and burst of crackers are meant to usher in an early dawn and spread brightn... Read More >>