Avalok Langer — Tehelka

Avalok Langer
Avalok  Langer

Avalok Langer studied political science at the University of Delhi. He worked for two years at NDTV, mostly on shows pertaining to youth affairs. He then spent a year on a fact-finding mission across India's conflict zones and border areas. For Tehelka, he reports largely on conflict, social and political issues, and the Northeast. He is based in New Delhi.

Blogs By Avalok Langer

F#@k this S*#tty Censorship

F#@k this S*#tty Censorship

0 June 18, 2013 in Culture & Society

I must confess, I have a problem. No, let me rephrase that, it’s not so much a problem, but more of a superpower, a special ability that goes back to my childhood. Now my parents didn’t throw me into a vat of toxic waste, nor was I bitten by a […]

The Revolution is Coming

The Revolution is Coming

0 June 6, 2013 in Current Affairs

“I just did what I do best. I took your little plan and I turned it on itself. Look what I did to this city with a few drums of gas and a couple of bullets. Hmmm? You know…You know what I’ve noticed? Nobody panics when things go “according to plan.” […]

Dysgraphically Me

Dysgraphically Me

2 April 17, 2013 in Culture & Society

A sinking feeling spiralled through me as I stood in the tiny class room with a nervous smile. I had just been told that I had a learning disability. My Principal and English teacher tried to be reassuring, “Some of the greatest minds in the world have had dyslexia and […]

A riot better left forgotten

A riot better left forgotten

5 April 15, 2013 in Culture & Society

My mother was seven months pregnant, carrying my elder sister, when the ’84 riots reached my grandmother’s door step in New Delhi’s, Defence Colony. As she described it many years later, a sense of fear gripped me as I looked out the grilled window from the first floor. The window, […]

Money for Nothing – The vicious cycle of victimisation in Northeast India

Money for Nothing – The vicious cycle of victimisation in Northeast India

0 January 31, 2013 in Current Affairs

Eleven of us were packed into a shared-taxi and I found myself crushed in the last row of the bouncing yellow sumo. My legs numb, I looked out of the window as we climbed the mountain above the rain clouds. I tried to hold onto some semblance of will power, […]

How do we expect to win when we are not willing to find and nurture talent?

How do we expect to win when we are not willing to find and nurture talent?

0 December 18, 2012 in Culture & Society

I hate to lose, but I had lost every race that day. My chance to compete in the Junior Olympics had gone and I sat by the pool, my eyes burning, skin dry, hungry and dejected, preparing to go home a loser. As I started my walk of shame, my […]

Five Steps to Hate

Five Steps to Hate

52 November 26, 2012 in Musings

There are few things more irritating than someone giving a running commentary during a movie or being trapped next to a crying baby on a plane. My editors not giving me enough pages for a story come a close second, but the most irritating has to be someone giving a […]

Your Vote Doesn’t Count

Your Vote Doesn’t Count

2 October 15, 2012 in Current Affairs

Sequestered, Umaid and I stood alone. When the political science department gathered to debate if we should hold elections, the two of us, typically naive and self-righteous students of first year, decided to boycott elections. That year, I learnt an important lesson: if you oppose the system and choose to […]

“Dude, that’s so gay”

“Dude, that’s so gay”

6 October 2, 2012 in Musings

It is safe to say that the three and a half years I spent as a child in New York changed the course of my life. Though I was very young (class 3 to class 6), many memories remain vivid – swimming in the 50 metre butterfly finals of the […]

Keep your crumbs, we want the whole loaf

Keep your crumbs, we want the whole loaf

8 September 22, 2012 in Current Affairs, Musings

I sat half asleep, doodling in my note book as the speaker rambled on about the country’s economic policy. I think he was someone famous, but for me it was just another boring college seminar. However, he said a line that has remained etched in my memory, “The economic trickledown […]

Abbottabad Peaches and Uncle O

Abbottabad Peaches and Uncle O

0 September 15, 2012 in Musings

Christen by the willow, I lay on the hospital bed in a pool of blood. Passing in and out of consciousness, every prick, every tug of the 19 stitches across my forehead reminded me that I didn’t belong. In a nation obsessed with ‘identity’, the growing pack of mongrels have […]