Memorializing Past. Indian Express

“Where do we go from here then? On the one hand, we stand at a juncture in time that makes it immensely important to conserve the human stories of the Partition, and on the other, the politics of our nation wants to standardise it. The answer resides in architecture and design — memorials, sculptures and museums. It resides in objects and oral histories and not … Continue reading Memorializing Past. Indian Express

पेगासस प्रकरण पर राहत इंदौरी साहब का ये चुटकुला याद आता है।

सरकार से पेगासस कांड ना उगलते बन रहा है ना निगलते बन रहा है। मोदी सरकार ने ये सॉफ्टवेयर एनएसओ कंपनी से खरीदा कि नहीं, इस सवाल पर सरकार चुप्पी साधे हुए है। अगर हां बोल दिया तो सरकार पर अपने ही नागरिकों और मंत्रियों पर अवैध जासूसी करने का आरोप, अगर ना बोल दिया तो किसी निजी संस्था या विदेशी ताक़त द्वारा भारत पर … Continue reading पेगासस प्रकरण पर राहत इंदौरी साहब का ये चुटकुला याद आता है।

Delhi Master Plan: Planning a city by excluding the people

https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/delhi-master-plan-2041-7405074/ The Master Plan, 2041 for Delhi – that already follows the traditionally centralised and authoritarian approach – has been made more authoritarian, more detached from the neighbourhoods and districts in which it has to operate, and more imposing on the people of Delhi without the opportunity to question its proposals, let alone partake in its development by the GNCTD Act, 2021. As the GNCTD … Continue reading Delhi Master Plan: Planning a city by excluding the people

One Extremist Against the Other? No, thank you.

Why Asif Iqbal Tanha cannot represent the Anti-CAA Movement. In 1939, Maulana Husain Ahmad Madani of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind – India’s oldest Muslim organization – in a pamphlet titled ‘United Nationalism and Islam’ argued for a pluralistic Indian society where Muslims thrive as Indians without giving up their religio-cultural identity. He was harshly opposed by one man – Abu A’la Maududi – the most influential thinker … Continue reading One Extremist Against the Other? No, thank you.

Reflections on my alleged privilege

A strain of insecurity runs in the castle of the intellectually privileged. Offsprings of intellectual, social and economic capital call me privileged today when I criticise their sociopolitical positions. Most know nothing of my life and have learnt that it’s only by growing up in a landscaped bungalow full of books and sophisticated lingo, that one can gain the capability to articulate oneself on the … Continue reading Reflections on my alleged privilege

Hindutva and Urbanity of Hate

“Socio-political rhetoric creates polarised cities through legislation and polarised segregated cities further contribute towards divisive politics. Intolerance is created and sustained through a form of structural violence that gradually produces geographies of alienation and segregation. Recent developments in Gorakhpur, the BJP’s manifesto in Assam and the political rhetoric of “land jihad” in the election campaign imply that the party intends to export the aforementioned politics … Continue reading Hindutva and Urbanity of Hate

Narcissism and the Scam called Atmanirbhar Bharat

Narcissus stared at his own reflection in a pool of water for all his life and Nero watched the Rome burn. We have, for a Prime Minister, a pathological confluence of these two mythological characters. As India and its systems implode in the second wave of the COVID 19 pandemic, the Prime Minister intoxicates himself in being the ‘Vaccine Guru’ and obsesses himself and his … Continue reading Narcissism and the Scam called Atmanirbhar Bharat

The Art of Commentary. Summer School Course. CEPT University, Ahmedabad.

My course The Art of Commentary – Tools, Narratives and Expression is open for enrollment at CEPT University Summer School 2021. Register here. https://sws.cept.ac.in/course-detail/the-art-of-commentary-tools-narratives-and-expression-S21FA006 Short Description. The ability to observe one’s surroundings and react in an informed manner is fundamental to academic and citizen life. Professionals and artists use various forms of media to comment on the stimuli around them. This course aims at exposing … Continue reading The Art of Commentary. Summer School Course. CEPT University, Ahmedabad.