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JU fracas over Agnihotri's film: Left's most blatant display of intellectual tyranny

May 07, 2016

JU fracas over Agnihotri's film: Left's most blatant display of intellectual tyranny

JU incident is also a manifestation of the turf war that is taking place right now between the Right, which has political power but lacks the intellectual heft and Left, which shall not cede an inch of space. #Afzal Guru #Satyajit Ray #Liberalism #Jadavpur University #Anupam Kher #Left #Universities #Think India #JU #leftists #Buddha In A Trafic Jam #Vivek Agnihotri #intellectual tyranny #free-thinking #Hirak Rajar Deshe #Baba Ramdeb #Suranjan Das #Muzzaffarnagar Baqi Hai
The stench of bigotry: Why is Ramachandra Guha turning into Chetan Bhagat?

Mar 01, 2016

The stench of bigotry: Why is Ramachandra Guha turning into Chetan Bhagat?

Ramachandra Guha says worry about the environment and public education instead. In addition, some of us wonder why JNU was attacked in the first place if not for objective and quite democratic critiques of the Modi government. We must not wait for the endgame, to first declare it. #JNU #BJP #InMyOpinion #Democracy #Chetan Bhagat #Liberalism #Ramachandra Guha #RSS #Nazi Germany #facism
From reservation to liberal politics: Thought leaders bring burning issues under the scanner

Nov 21, 2015

From reservation to liberal politics: Thought leaders bring burning issues under the scanner

Is India truly liberal? Has reservation policy really helped those for whom it was meant? Is there any space for liberal politics? Is religious and cultural freedom in India too little? Many such questions came up during brainstorming sessions at a day-long seminar on ‘Liberalism in India: Past, Present and Future’ in Delhi on Friday. #Reservation #Shashi Tharoor #Liberalism #Gurcharan Das #Sadanand Dhume #R Jagannathan #Centre for Civil Society #Geeta Gouri #Liberalism in India: Past #Present and Future
Paris attack: Terror in Islam's name can make all societies less liberal

Jan 11, 2015

Paris attack: Terror in Islam's name can make all societies less liberal

One of the depressing realities of the Paris terror killings at Charlie Hebdo is this: no matter what liberal societies do, the terrorist usually wins. #Islamic terrorism #CriticalPoint #Liberalism #sharia #Charlie Hebdo #militants #Pew Research #Paris attack #Paris terror Killings #Charlie Hebdo Shooting
Charlie Hebdo attack is a tipping point: Will xenophobia trump tolerance?

Jan 08, 2015

Charlie Hebdo attack is a tipping point: Will xenophobia trump tolerance?

Terrorists are marching ahead because they are succeeding in making all of us attack our long-held faith in tolerance, non-violence and the tenet of universal brotherhood and equality. #World #HowThisWorks #Terrorism #Islam #France #Liberalism #Charlie Hebdo #Xenophobia #Jihadists #Charlie Hebdo attack
Obama's Manmohan moment: Newly-elected Republican Congress leaves him powerless

Nov 05, 2014

Obama's Manmohan moment: Newly-elected Republican Congress leaves him powerless

For Obama, who has grown resentful of his diminished political standing, the prospect of reaching accords with a Republican-led Congress is a consolation prize that could help salvage his flailing second term. #Barack Obama #US #Tea Party #Democrats #PoliticalPlay #Hillary Rodham Clinton #US congress #Mitch McConnell #Republicans #Senate #House of Representatives #Liberalism #conservatives #Rand Paul #US mid-term elections #Majority leader #Minority leader
Why liberals should stop chasing the utopia of univeralism and full equality

Oct 30, 2014

Why liberals should stop chasing the utopia of univeralism and full equality

Classical liberalism of the Enlightenment was a reaction to authoritarianism, arbitrary laws, overbearing communities, and rigid dogma; but communitarians today are reacting to the undue emphasis on the rights of the egocentric individual. #ConnectTheDots #Justice #Modernity #Liberalism #liberals #community #Rights #duties #tradition
Left-wing or Right-wing: Why labels simply don't capture India

Apr 24, 2013

Left-wing or Right-wing: Why labels simply don't capture India

In India there is no such Right-wing party and no such monochromatic Right-wing view. Here small government and private enterprise co-exist with collective action, revolutions against social oppression and hierarchy. #InMyOpinion #Liberalism #Right wing #conservatives
Good news: We are actually more liberal than we think

Feb 07, 2013

Good news: We are actually more liberal than we think

The reason why Indians look less liberal than they actually are is because the illiberal fringe is more active in its decline phase #Salman Rushdie #To The Contrary #Liberalism #Kadal #Viswaroopam #Kashmir all-girl band
Viswaroopam ban: Can we be allowed to choose please?

Jan 31, 2013

Viswaroopam ban: Can we be allowed to choose please?

Democracy is supposed to allow individuals to flower. In India, the individual identity is being forced to conform to group identities to enable political mobilitation #InMyOpinion #Liberalism #Viswaroopam #Individual Vs Community