Articles by Shiv Visvanathan
Feb 19, 2016
The Alt-Politics series: A year on, Arvind Kejriwal is the Maggi sauce of Indian politics; he provides the differenceTo 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
Aug 30, 2013
Movie review: Satyagraha thought provoking, but quickly loses charmThe 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.
Aug 12, 2013
Missed opportunity: Why Chennai Express can't bridge the North-South divideNorth 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.
Jul 04, 2013
The cowardice of Salman Khurshid: Betraying Snowden, Nehru and IndiaThe Congress regime may be dynastic in continuity but represents a betrayal of the Nehruvian imagination. It's spinelessness is legendary and unprecedented.
Jun 25, 2013
The rise of Dhanush: The mystique of the ordinary laundaDhanush 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.
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.
Mar 15, 2013
Sonia Gandhi and the Italian stereotypeOver 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.
Mar 05, 2013
Narendra Modi's bully tirade: Crude, effective and unsettlingI 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.
Feb 12, 2013
Allahabad and Kumbh: Where governance and illiteracy meetThe 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.
Feb 01, 2013
Pillorying of Ashis Nandy: His critics need hearing aidsDalits 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.