Emotions

Democracy
Human rights

Yet another rationalist murdered. Yet another step closer to losing fear #GauriLankesh #RationalistMurders

Senior journalist and rationalist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead at home today. Her killers knocked on her door and when she opened it, they gunned her down. Yet another vocal critic of fundamentalist Hindutva is shot down by masked gunmen as they go about their routine. Yet another season of shock, protest and promises of […]

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Politics & Political Commentary

Some thoughts on rising intolerance, paranoia and plain irrationality

I tend to have very strong opinions, so my contempt for the increasing “stupidification” of India is hardly a secret. This is a cause for alarm, because it is indeed contagious. Political views, gender, caste, class, religion are not barriers to this epidemic. The reason for it is the natural human tendency to reply in […]

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Depression and suicidal thoughts
Knowledge
Personal

Contemplating suicide

Suicide is a taboo subject for conversation. Particularly what makes a person want to commit suicide or what to say in the face of their pain.

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Venus, at her mirror, by Diego Velaquez
Democracy

Solosexual, with detours and self owned

I have rather radical thoughts about love, sex and #relationships. I wish to state them, because I am getting increasingly itchy about the compulsive prudery pervading everything these days, even as divorce rates soar, premarital sex thrives and acceptable public opinion continues to chase some vampire romance-like view of love as an absolute – one true soul mate, […]

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General
Hindutva
Radicalization

How to deradicalize Muslims?

Season for questions on how to deradicalize Muslims. Later there will be a season on how to deradicalize Hindus (like much later, five years later). Answer is the same. Treat them the same. Respect them as people. Disagree with ideas, not hate identities. Golden rule of debate is there for a reason. It allows for […]

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