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
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.
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.
The Congress regime may be dynastic in continuity but represents a betrayal of the Nehruvian imagination. It's spinelessness is legendary and unprecedented.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There was a dignity to the Kasab’s case, the closure offered by ritual, a sense that even if terror as a network was not destroyed, a terrorist was sentenced.
Lost in the heated debate between Anna critics and supporters is a more critical question: How can a non-violent movement sustain itself against the media and against professional politicians?
Coal evokes criminality, violence, corruption all in the name of public good. Bollywood evokes desire. When they come together in Gangs of Wasseypur we get the ballad of coal - a duet of modern India's two greatest myths.
In India, the halo of excellence is not created by content, but constructed through scarcity. The fierce battle among countless, nameless Indians for the preciously small number of seats at an IIT just does that.
The contrasting reports reveals that while justice might be distant, the law as a process still works – more so as the Modi juggernaut stumbles on a 25-page amicus curiae brief.
Aamir exposed India's silent genocide in his first show -- with devastating directness. But can star power tweak the conscience of a nation that has long known about this female foeticide?