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Shiv Visvanathan

Shiv Visvanathan

Shiv Visvanathan is a social science nomad.

Feb 19, 2016

The Alt-Politics series: A year on, Arvind Kejriwal is the Maggi sauce of Indian politics; he provides the difference

To evaluate Arvind Kejriwal and the Aam Aadmi Party is not easy. There is something ephemeral and unreal about Kejriwal. He looks like a village idiot with a PhD. He appears like a hypothesis that has to be constantly tested — an idea whose time comes again and again, only to be undermined by some insipid idea of his own #Aam Aadmi Party #Alt-Politics #Arvind Kejriwal #CriticalPoint #Delhi Pollution #Maggi sauce #Manish Sisodia #OddEvenFormula

Aug 30, 2013

Movie review: Satyagraha thought provoking, but quickly loses charm

The creation of myth for the movie is the murder of the idealistic IIT student Satyendra Dubey who protested against corruption in the Highways Authority. The young man fades into oblivion as his father and friend take over the struggle. #Amitabh Bachchan #Anna Hazare #Arvind #Kejriwal #Politics #Prakash Jha #Satyagraha

Aug 12, 2013

Missed opportunity: Why Chennai Express can’t bridge the North-South divide

North is north and south is south and never the twain shall meet. Shah Rukh Khan misses a golden opportunity to bridge the north-south divide in Chennai Express. #Chennai Express #CultureDecoder #FilmCrit #Rohit Shetty #Shah Rukh Khan

Jul 4, 2013

The cowardice of Salman Khurshid: Betraying Snowden, Nehru and India

The Congress regime may be dynastic in continuity but represents a betrayal of the Nehruvian imagination. It's spinelessness is legendary and unprecedented. #Bangladesh #Barack Obama #Congress #Edward Snowden #India #InMyOpinion #Jawaharlal Nehru #Salman Khurshid

Jun 25, 2013

The rise of Dhanush: The mystique of the ordinary launda

Dhanush is not the standard six pack imitation of the trinity of Khans nor does he evoke the heroic allure of a Rajnikant. He is the nukkad ka launda. #Bollywood #Bollywood heroes #CultureDecoder #Dhanush #Raanjhanaa

Mar 25, 2013

The three faces of Sanjay Dutt: Which one do we punish?

The child of a legendary Bollywood romance, Dutt was expected to lead a copybook life, which he proceeded to ruin, copybook style. His punishment is just but no less tragic. #Mumbai 1993 blasts #OnOurMind #Sanjay Dutt sentenced to jail

Mar 15, 2013

Sonia Gandhi and the Italian stereotype

Over the course of her political career, Sonia has run the gauntlet through the tyranny of caricatures. She was white, Catholic, and a woman and thus seen as a subversive force. She has been accused of being from a fascist family and having Mafia connections. #Indian National Congress #Italy #Sonia Gandhi #TheLongView

Mar 5, 2013

Narendra Modi’s bully tirade: Crude, effective and unsettling

I am not saying Modi’s BJP National Meet speech was not effective. It cut to the quick and drove home the message that the Congress had become slow thinking stegosaurus, a dinosaur with two brains, one located in Manmohan and the other in Sonia. #BJP National Council Meet #Congress #Narendra Modi #Sonia Gandhi #ToWhatEffect

Feb 12, 2013

Allahabad and Kumbh: Where governance and illiteracy meet

The handling of the Kumbh Mela is a matter of pride for those who handle our governance but the stampede at Allahabad station is a sign of how we fail outside it. #Allahabad #Governance #InMyOpinion #Kumbh Mela #Maha Kumbh Mela #Stampede

Feb 1, 2013

Pillorying of Ashis Nandy: His critics need hearing aids

Dalits and OBCs are treated as sacred cows. We provide them with an official identity kit while trampling their life chances. Nandy was trying to break through that hypocrisy, but unfortunately got caught in a fly trap of populism. #Ashis Nandy #Corruption #Dalit #Jaipur Literature Festival #JLF #JLF2013 #OBC #ThatsJustWrong