No, no home invasion!

To all my friends, relatives and acquaintances: I want to assure you all that the house I am staying in is completely secure and safe. No burglar has entered or has been able to take over or burglarize this house. The burglars had evil intentions, but the inhabitants of this house gave them a befitting…

Nepotism and Bollywood!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-L_9__pqRc&feature=share   Why all this fake outrage over nepotism in Bollywood? Nepotism, sycophancy, politics, conspiracy – these are the bane of the Indian psyche and society. It is the dominant factor in our personal, familial and professional lives. So, is it so surprising that it thrives in the environment that Bollywood provides, with all its…

Ban the ban

It is not healthy for a country to ban anything, be it a speech, book, publication, movie, show etc. based on public sentiment. All ideas and opinions must be allowed to be aired, however extreme, even if they are totally wrong, as long as they do not threaten or incite violence, or compromise the security…

Same same, no change!

I want to go back and review the media coverage of great events over the last 25-50 years or so like the financial crises, 9/11, swine flu, SARS, MERS etc. I wonder if I will find pretty much the same voice bytes – the reporting, analysis, the longwinded predictions and prophecies of pundits and the…

Turn off the gas before the cooker blows!

Though I was very young when Indira Gandhi declared a national Emergency in 1975, I still remember the political chaos that preceded the declaration, the total collapse of law and order and the lack of accountability as the increasingly besieged government lost control and its legitimacy. Student protests, hartals, strikes, bandhs were the order of…