Tehelka — Blogs
‘The intent and severity of crime must be considered while dealing with juveniles’
I might be late in writing about the verdict on the Delhi gangrape case but as author Nilanjana Roy argued: “In all conscience, how can we look away?” We can’t look away from the topic of sexual harassment just because it makes us uncomfortable. We also can’t look away from […]Read Blog ›
By On September 20, 2013
My Muzaffarnagar on the boil
I wanted my small town to become well-known on the map. I had often dreamt of this and believed that someday, either I or someone else, would do something to make Muzaffarnagar famous. Instead, two weeks ago, it was politics that reared its ugly head to do so. Once better […]Read Blog ›
By On September 16, 2013
James loved Jesus, but he loved men too
As a homosexual man in India, I was close to losing my faith in God. First, there was James*. When he turned 19, his parents discovered a naked picture of a man in his drawer. James loved Jesus, but he loved men too. His parents, well educated, genteel folk in every […]Read Blog ›
By On September 11, 2013
Fear and loathing over Syria
As the G-20 group of countries meet in St Petersburg, Russia, an 18th century town also known as the Venice of the north, the normal agenda of the conclave which revolves around  global economics has taken a back seat as debate rages over the on-going crisis in Syria. As US […]Read Blog ›
By On September 6, 2013
The business of opposition
(Updated on 29, October, 2013) When Shakespeare wrote “What’s in a name?”, he didn’t have to contend with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). After all, India’s principal opposition party takes the ‘opposition’ part of it much too seriously. Not only have its MPs constantly disrupted parliamentary proceedings and held up […]Read Blog ›
By On September 4, 2013
South Asia – a region of forced dyads
For decades, it has been an article of faith in Washington’s South Asia policy that India and Pakistan form the key rivalrous dyad in the region. By implication, India’s fear of China is misplaced and Delhi’s nuclear programme, its continued development of longer ranged ballistic missiles, and nuclear submarines, antagonises Beijing while hindering reconciliation with Islamabad. […]Read Blog ›
By On September 2, 2013
Egypt’s descent into chaos and the dilemma of Muslims
The counter revolution in Egypt – or the ongoing revolution, depending upon how optimistic you are – has left the world, the West as well as the Muslims, in a dilemma. The coup d’état once again exposed the hypocrisy of the West, which claims to champion the cause of democracy the […]Read Blog ›
By On August 27, 2013
Twitter ‘conspiracies’ and trending wars
If you follow the online and general political discourse in India, some of the common words you will come across are “biased media” and “paid media”. These are two favourite words of BJP supporters in particular. According to them, anyone whose opinion doesn’t match theirs is “biased”. They are the […]Read Blog ›
By On August 24, 2013
A young woman, just trying to do her job
Another young woman. Another group of men. Another list of things she should and should not have done. The news reports have invoked that night “in Delhi last December”. On the surface, there are similarities between the two cases: both girls gang-raped were 23, neither was alone at the time […]Read Blog ›
By On August 24, 2013
Can we stop calling it the “Arab Spring”?
News from the Middle East over the past week would possibly have you believe that there is some kind of race between despot dictators in the region, on who can kill how many people in a 24-hour timeframe. As we were just getting our heads around the killings in Egypt, […]Read Blog ›
By On August 23, 2013
Where ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ does not apply for the female traveler
On 18 August, CNN.com carried a story by an exchange student who went by the name RoseChasm about her India experience. Titled “India: The Story You Never Wanted To Hear” the author, a University of Chicago student, who was on a study trip to India, wrote about how the horror […]Read Blog ›
By On August 22, 2013
Sanatan Sanstha’s blind faith and the state’s blinkered attitude
Since the last three years, I have had to make regular court appearances in a defamation case slapped against me and my editor Tarun Tejpal by the Sanatan Sanstha, the organisation which is now in the news over allegations on the murder of anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar. The article in concern […]Read Blog ›
By On August 21, 2013