It’s Not Solely Our Democracy’s Fault

Have political incapacity and corruption reached a point of no return in India? Can we never salvage lost pride and trust in the political class? Or is an entire class of people and a whole system of governance being crucified for the wrongs of a few? An edited version of this article was published in…

How Will Posterity Remember Chetan Bhagat’s Work?

One may disagree with the views Bhagat expresses in his columns and other public forums. I myself, on most occasions, find it difficult to agree with him. However, it is perfectly possible for one to disagree with him and yet appreciate the positives that he has contributed to the public space. Depriving him of this credit, which he has…

Is First Impression Really the Last?

Today, the only major reason that I have to visit Nainital, is to meet Mr. Pant. Had it not been for his continued guidance, I probably would never have the courage to pick up the pen and express myself in words. He became the sacred lighthouse which I could always approach—both in times of success and…

Inspiration at a Railway Station

How often does it happen that an ugly, filthy, impoverished and overcrowded railway station, one like that in Old Delhi, gives you an experience that you can relish and feel somewhat contented with? Isn’t it true that we often try to look for towering and larger than life figures to draw some inspiration from? In…

Is There No Hunger For Knowledge?

The post-1995 generation in the state has by and large no conscious knowledge of the history of the region and the richness of the environment. This is not because we chose not to know about our past, but because in our formative years we were never told about the rich cultural legacies of the land.…

Fire Without a Flame…!

Very often, we find patronizing each other…do what your heart says…do what you really like… Little do we realize (exceptions aside) that how many of us really understand what our heart longs for? The very idea of retrospection appears ponderous to our young and expedient mind. Our mind runs from pillar to post in this…

Are Indians Any Less Racial?

We want Arunachal Pradesh to be part of India but we don’t like the Arunachalis from the state. We like tea from Assam but we don’t want an Assamese to be around us. We want the likes of Mary Kom and Suronjoy Singh in the Indian Olympic squad (because they are the ones who can…