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September 2016 -
The political discourse of the nation is no longer just about policy differences. Each side believes the other is stupid or sinister, or both, full of lies and propaganda. What sources shape these views?
August 2016 -
Black Lives Matter is a valid movement, and direly needed--but the polarization and damage to Black lives and Blue lives will get worse unless both sides shift from blame to introspection.
May 2016 -
“Bharat Mata Ki Jai” (“May Mother India be victorious”) shouldn’t be controversial words in India! But the right wingers insist that every Indian must proclaim those words to prove patriotism.
April 2016 -
The GOP is a dysfunctional mess, hijacked by loudmouths and haters, with a potential nominee more like a roadside hooligan than a contestant for the most responsible political office in the world.
January 2016 -
Who is more hardworking, the American or the Indian?...Confused? That’s the thing about stereotypes: they are inherently contextual, often contrasting, and rarely conclusive--shapeshifters!
December 2015 -
Extremists see themselves as righteous, morally superior, and God’s chosen ones. The consequence is the want to annihilate the “other,” who “obviously” is on the wrong side.
November 2015 -
The following hypothetical question may seem absurd and extreme, but it is precisely the question that needs to be posed to the Hindu mob which, in a ruthless lynching incident, killed 52-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq Saifi, a Muslim, for allegedly eating beef: Would you do business with the killers of your mother? For that matter, why would you have anything to do with the killers of your mother?
August 2015 -
While my respect for the three Civil War leaders depicted on Stone Mountain, as brave men willing to die for their cause, has never receded, I can’t say the same for their cause or ideology.
July 2015 -
Yoga can transform our lives—the mental, physical, and psychical transformations are profound—but yoga is not a religious activity.
June 2015 -
Entrenched patriarchy is the norm among the rural masses of a large swath of the country. But establishment India—what drives the nation—is not so deeply colored by patriarchy.