British India was British occupation of India. There was no Pakistan that Britain occupied, and there was no Pakistan ever that anybody else occupied. So, legally, the scope of Pakistan being an independent nation does not arise because then one would have to assume it was occupied by a foreign force in the first place to have been later declared independent. Not getting into the trivialities of who achieved ‘independence’ … Read the rest
Terror and Talks Have to go Together!
This is why I love Pakistan: it has kept the legacies of the likes of Sardar Bhagat Singh alive! Yes, the real damage during the independence movement was done by the bad boys. Subhash Bose, Chandrashekhar Azaad, Rajguru, and so many unsung heroes of the movement that resorted to violence were the ones who turned the tables on The British; and Gandhi took credit for all of that. That’s why … Read the rest
Come on Bas!-ards, Let’s Do Business!
The Market is insecure; because the Market knows it doesn’t have the wherewithal to be King. The market understands that the right product could have it in a bind of a kind that keeps a perpetual leash on the mind: so it plots, conspires, and sabotages, to the extent that it can have some reason to remain King, and unjustly so. The fear is not the insult of having to … Read the rest
About Islam, From a Logical and Observational Point of View!
Muhammad is not Islam; Islam is Muhammad; Muhammad is greater than Islam, and the reason for style and glamor in the world. If Shiva gave us tehzeeb, Muhammad took that tehzeeb and gave us a heady concoction of style and tehzeeb. If the world today wallows in Fashion, Music, and Entertainment inspite of the serious conservatism in Christianity and other world religions, it’s because Muhammad stipulated the celebration of the … Read the rest
Why Brian Lara is The Best Batsman in The World, Ever!
Now this is a recreational analysis from a relative layman’s point of view and should be taken with a pinch of salt. This is written with due and adequate respect to some of the greats of our world. No disrespect whatsoever is intended towards anybody mentioned herewith:
Why Brian Lara is the best batsman in the world.
Now to judge the strength of a batsman, if you need one yardstick, … Read the rest
America, Please save America, if not for you, then just for the likes of us!
US always felt relatable from TV; not the New Yorks and the Seattles, but the Philladelphias and the Detroits. US was great because it was a blue-collar dream; it was the ideal manifestation of blue-collar prowess grown up from being exploited as labor, to calling the shots in the most unprecedented ways. US is US as long as US remains blue-collar. Aspiring to aristocracy may be tantalizing but can bring … Read the rest
About Taking on the Biggies!
All #CreateSpace and #Ingram ought to do is identify 5 books out of their platform that can make a killing in the market, and then go all out to reach every corner of the globe with these 5 books, either through established national level distributors or through expatriate hires in individual countries working for the sole purpose of getting these books to every corner of their homeland. Money to be … Read the rest
BRICS is for REAL!
It is an established inalienable fact that the subcontinent and some other developing nations are treasure troves of English Writing talent. But the point is, they will never be published by the Penguins and the Harper Collins unless they get a creative writing degree from the Ivy League!
Given this scenario, it is sheer lunacy to not acknowledge the value that companies like #Amazon and #Ingram bring to the table … Read the rest
10 Things Indians will realize 50 years hence:
1) Pakistan was created by the Temple to teach Hindus a lesson
2) Cricket is in the art, not in the records or money
3) What you are embarrassed of is always what’s saving you
4) Parents are always smarter, irrespective of generation gap
5) The Temple recommends pain for a reason
6) The world had always been laughing at us for seeking validation from outside
7) Food is everything… Read the rest
The Constitution of India
There was a time the Temple did really well. The history about the Gupta and Maurya empires proves that the Temple along with the kings did a great job at managing society. People respected the temple as an authority because in those days, people saw material and spirit as a duality. Things were less explainable, so the spirit was more magnificent. You didn’t understand the spirit too well, so you … Read the rest
Secularism Has Been Reinvented!
Saba Naqvi writes in a TOI editorial that ‘There is actually precious little that the Indian secular state has given the Muslim community except to ensure that they live for eternity in the museum of stereotypes’. That is true; very true indeed; but that’s because the concept of the Indian secular state was created to give the Muslim community very little and fob off the consequence on the eternally repressed … Read the rest
Most people when working in an organisation face this psychological situation where they think they are being underpaid, or that they are worth more. This is how it should be, because a platform is designed so you can perform on it, not sit back and sulk. At these times it is important to realize that you are not really being underpaid, that the organisation life-cycle at most times will not … Read the rest
Why I Support Trump!
I drive a Ford. It’s a small Ford Figo car, that Ford started as its version to take on the entry-level segment here in India. It looks ordinary, so much so that relatives have known to reject buying that model because it looked ‘too ordinary!’. But it drives like a beast: I have done more heavy duty driving in it in the last five years than I am sure many … Read the rest
Gandhi fights away for freedom, but he was ‘imperfect’; St.Teresa spends her life helping lepers but she had an ‘agenda’; Mandella bought good-sense but he had ‘issues’: this does not mean that people are bad or ungrateful, this just means that people can’t handle charity, and they can’t handle a favor done to them especially when it puts them to shame. That’s why I’d like to take away any scope … Read the rest
Don’t respect Women!
No really, I don’t respect women. You respect women when not respecting a woman is an option. You don’t respect the Sun, nor do you respect the Moon, nor do you respect water or air. They make us; they are existence itself. I don’t believe in the equality of sexes: I don’t believe in the equality of the masculine and the feminine, because what I tend to understand of existence … Read the rest
Of Hrithik Roshan and Black Holes
There is a problem, serious problem with categorising social issues as mental health issues. No, really, I have an abiding reason for saying that. You see, it came in the news recently that Hrithik has accused someone of suffering from Asperges Syndrome(AS). That wouldn’t be much of problem unless of course you realise that casting a social issue as a mental issue here is with an obvious intent to cause … Read the rest
The absurdity of BJP game-plan
I will be very honest with you. I was terribly hopeful in 2014 when BJP came to power. I was hopeful because I always knew that India never actually got independence. I knew that the church ruled India before ‘independence’ via the British, and that the Church ruled India after independence via the Congress party. I have no problem with the Church
The selfish me about my support for BJP
The Capitalist Economy
Sabotage of the Right (to be read in conjunction with my earlier post titled ‘There is no Left!’)
Politics and the upmarket question
There is no Left!
You see, what you do is make an omelet, a big round one, with a good amount of oil, and then let it simmer till its light pink. You can be sure then that the bottom is nicely cooked and somewhat mildly crusty, ready to be savored with copious amounts of black pepper. Wait a minute, are you going to have an
I am Left and You are Wrong—Indeed!
This is a response to an article published at the following link: http://indiafacts.org/i-am-left-and-you-are-wrong/
It may not behoove a liberal to respond specifically to an item that counters his views. But there is a piquing aspect about this item, which is that it is written in good prose, in fact, in very good prose—the kind of dancing prose that you associate with evolved journalistic writing. So the author readily merits