Reply to the letter to me on Kone Nakshatra

Yesterday, I wrote a letter to the VHP. Taking up on that, a mother of two daughters wrote another to me expressing some concerns she has. I appreciate the efforts various people have made to bring it to your attention. Thank you. I would not have liked to miss it and the TL is a bit chaotic. Before I reply, I want to say that I’m glad she wrote this, because these are concerns many…

"Reply to the letter to me on Kone Nakshatra"

No minorities in slutwalk committee

The critics seem obsessed with the political formula. The latest “big problem” with the slutwalk seems to be that there are no minorities in the committee. I see this as a spontaneously evolved action, planned by whoever was connected in the moment. It is ridiculous to criticize the message because the messengers aren’t structured like a political party. A supporter of the walk brings up some questions being asked. Please note, these have been raised…

"No minorities in slutwalk committee"

A Hindu writes to Hindu Organizations against Slutwalk

The below letter was originally addressed to the Vishwa Hindu Parishad for its threats against the Delhi Slutwalk. Now it is addressed to all Hindu entities opposing Slutwalk. Dear Whom-so-ever-it-may-concern, I was born a Hindu. Some say I still am, since there is pretty much nothing that disqualifies one as a Hindu, particularly after having been one. Hinduism is one of the few religions that doesn’t make belief a bar, and an atheist can be…

"A Hindu writes to Hindu Organizations against Slutwalk"

The lost magic of compliments

Ours is a competitive culture. Somehow the vast majority of people have come to believe in hierarchies so much, that a compliment is automatically considered to be an acknowledgment of superiority. And then there are all these unhealthy inhibitions around them. When someone does something you admire, before you open your mouth, you are already calculating if this person is “worthy” of your praise. Even if you feel it. If the driver’s wife said something…

"The lost magic of compliments"

Female foeticide – a different take

Arrest after man buries twins alive caught my eye as I read on in horror. While the issues raised by the selective abortion of female foetuses creates a great deal of social concern for the future of India, I think it is worse that newly borns are burried alive after birth. This makes me think that perhaps we as a society, a government are imposing our morals on people who would like to have the…

"Female foeticide – a different take"