psychology

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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tricolor landscape
Corruption
Politics & Political Commentary

The Empire is Crumbling: @gupta_milan replies to @desaisantosh with hope.

Guest post by Milan Gupta Yesterday (on 28th December, 2015) Santosh Desai ( @desaisantosh ) published his opinion column titled “2015: The Empire Strikes back” in TOI(Times of India) Delhi edition newspaper. Mr Desai has often expressed optimism in the future of Indian democracy and has been a keen observer of the historical political trends […]

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Democracy

kavitha, a story of hope and despair

I met kavitha during my visit to Pandharkawada village, Yavatmal district, Vidarbha  This is the story of Kavitha, who is a mother, a babhi, a daughter, a wife, a homemaker, now a farm widow turned farmer in the #suicide capital of India, Vidarbha and she is just 27 years of age. Despite the gravity of […]

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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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