Stating his conception of the good life, the twentieth-century British philosopher Bertrand Russel wrote, “Neither love without knowledge nor knowledge without love can produce a good life”. Russel’s view on the good life is this: A good life is one inspired by love & guided by knowledge. Can we all agree with such a view? Continue reading The Good Life
As smartphones have become affordable to a large population, they have, for the first time, allowed Indians to enjoy porn privately. This has fuelled a porn boom in India & consequently given rise to a “moral panic” around Pornography. Continue reading The Great Indian Porn Panic
Rewriting and distorting history is an essential part of the very project of Hindu nationalism. Continue reading Renaming India, Rewriting History
“Our farm policy is so bad, the proverb ‘you reap what you sow’ isn’t true any longer. A bumper crop is no different from a drought, for it too depresses farm incomes.” Continue reading A Critical Look At The Farm Loan Waivers
Machines are great at brute calculations. Humans are good at creativity and intuition. The future should not be looked at as a battle in which humans are pitted against machine. It is more likely to be a fusion band with electric Guitars, Tabla and Sitars. Continue reading Our Extended Minds
Every time I watch the World Poverty Clock, I imagine the animated people to be running away from a kidnapper, some ‘Mogambo’ figure, who has imprisoned them in a land far away. I am sure a diplomat will receive them at the airport. Continue reading A Foreign Policy For The People
If we are to participate in OIC, it should only be as a member, nothing less than that. Continue reading Old Acquaintances: India And The OIC
In diplomacy, they say, “If you are Not at the table, you are on the menu. If India isn’t part of the peace process in Afghanistan, we can be sure that our interests will be ignored. It’s better to choose to engage with the Taliban now than being forced to talk to them later. Continue reading Should India Engage With Taliban?
Nationalism isn’t inherently bad. We have inclusive nationalisms & divisive nationalism. We have nationalisms that are about the glory of the nation even if the people are kept wretchedly poor. We have nationalism that is first & foremost about removing poverty & any kind of discrimination against the historically oppressed classes. Continue reading Nationalism: Good Or Bad?
Saudi Arabia may not be Pakistan’s “all weather” friend as China claims to be but the two countries have almost always been there when the other one needed. Continue reading There For Each Other: Saudi Arabia & Pakistan
In one Parliament session, the legislators bring hundreds of Constitution Amendment bills each attempting to amend an Article. Won’t this essentially result in a new constitution? When does the amended constitution stops being our constitution? Continue reading Understanding Kesavanda Bharti
If the larger powers cannot trust the Ayatollahs of Iran or the Kims of the North to use their nukes judiciously, how can the larger world trust a buffoon like Trump— who has the braggadocio of calling himself high-IQ— to not annihilate a nation for nothing majorly mad? Continue reading Understanding The Logic Behind The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty