Khobragade Arrest: Of Laws and Traditions

One thing anyone who wants to understand Indian politics must know is that a diplomat is a highly honoured position in the Indian political hierarchy. This veneration of an individual who seeks to resolve issues through dialogue is a skill that is looked upon fondly by Indians as it is part of the rich cultural…

India – A Bird Caged by Poverty

It’s one of those things that we’re hard-wired to do being part of a young nation. The culture of celebrating even the most minor achievements has become a very “Indian” thing to do. Achievement without honour So it was with great pride I walked down the halls of a British university not long ago, announcing…

A Tribute to Sachin

I woke up this morning a little confused. I had spent a busy night out at an event on Fleet Street, the erstwhile beating heart of British media. Yet, I knew I had done something wrong. Something I missed. Then it came at me like a bouncer – I had missed Sachin’s last innings! I…

Indian Women: The Ultimate Irony

“What is the difference between a respectable woman and a non-respectable woman?” – This was the question posed in the above documentary to a defence lawyer belonging to the ‘great’ city of New Delhi. He replies: “Respectable women are those who you feel are respectable, they are respected and others aren’t.” It’s one of those…

When Journalism Just Looks Wrong!

Barkha Dutt’s account of ‘DehatiAuratGate’ As I watched the above video, a nagging thought kept burrowing into my mind. It just wouldn’t let me go. Was that the right way to do it? Let me explain.. The above video shows Barkha Dutt, one of India’s leading journalists, making a strong case of the fact that…

Why can’t Indians play football?

The Indian national football team is currently ranked a dismal 164th in the world; even behind one of the tiniest nations in the world, The Republic of Maldives, whose total population is roughly 0.03% of that of India’s. Ranked four places higher, The Maldives can eke out 11 players from their relatively small numbers who…

Heroes

  “How is it that a 74 year old Gandhian from Ralegan Siddhi has become the youth icon of a nation and not a 41 year old Gandhi?”, was the question posed by journalist, Swapan Dasgupta to Congress stalwart, Mani Shankar Aiyer in a recent NDTV debate. It is a question certainly worth pondering. Just…