BJP’s Sabarimala Conundrum

BJP has been trying to break into Kerala for a long time without much success. One of the reasons why BJP hasn’t been very successful in the state is because of the way votes are divided along religious lines between the two major fronts, UDF and LDF. In this year’s election particularly, BJP is determined to increase it’s seat tally in Kerala and media has … Continue reading BJP’s Sabarimala Conundrum

Kerala Elections 2021 and Sabarimala Temple

It’s election time once again in Kerala. A new state assembly will be in place by May of this year. Traditionally, the trend has been that every five years, the government in the state changes between Left Democratic Front or LDF led by CPIM and United Democratic Front led by Indian national congress. Since 2016, it is the LDF lead by Pinarayi Vijayan that is … Continue reading Kerala Elections 2021 and Sabarimala Temple

The Pinarayi backdoor employment scheme of Kerala

Youth in Kerala has been protesting in front of the state Secretariat for the last several days. They are protesting to demand honesty from the Marxist state government in recruitment for government jobs. They are protesting to demand an end to the backdoor employment to the CPIM party workers and family members. They are protesting to demand a future for them in the state. You … Continue reading The Pinarayi backdoor employment scheme of Kerala

Undemocratic: story of the war on democracy in India

When Manmohan Singh was pretending to be the Prime Minister of India but Sonia Gandhi was actually taking decisions from behind, the government policy was not decided by the cabinet but by Mrs Gandhi’s kitchen cabinet called the NAC, the national advisory council, filled with leftist activists like Aruna Roy, Yogendra Yadav, Jeane Dreze, Harsh Mander, etc. After 2014, when that corrupt and inept government … Continue reading Undemocratic: story of the war on democracy in India

Tanishq, Eros Now and the business of Hindu hate

Recently the jewellery brand Tanishq released an ad which triggered a massive backlash on Twitter and other social media platforms. The ad had a pregnant Hindu woman, ostensibly married into a Muslim family, and how broad minded this family was that they celebrate her baby shower as per Hindu custom. The idea was to show the situation of a Hindu girl in a Muslim family … Continue reading Tanishq, Eros Now and the business of Hindu hate

Ideology and politics in India

If you have been on social media, especially Twitter, you would have heard things like right-wing trolls or left-wing anti-nationals or right wing Sanghis or left wing Urban-naxals, or that right-wing ecosystem is threatening minorities or that left-wing ecosystem is trying to break India, etc. Have you ever wonder what this right-wing and left-wing business really is? Do you know the background of these terms … Continue reading Ideology and politics in India

Palghar Mob Lynching and What That Symbolizes for Hindus in India

On 16 April 2020, Kalpavrikshagiri Maharaj and Sushilgiri Maharaj of Juna Akhada were lynched to death by an armed mob along with their driver Nilesh Telgade near Gadchinchale Village in Palghar district of Maharashtra, India. What makes the gruesome incident worse is that it happened in the presence of the police who not only abdicated their responsibility but acted like cowardly onlookers. The entire incident … Continue reading Palghar Mob Lynching and What That Symbolizes for Hindus in India

The Unrelenting Misogyny of Kerala’s Red Films

Some of the finest movies, actors and technicians in Indian cinema have come out of Kerala. When it comes to quality, Malayalam movies are probably the best in the country. Kerala is also one of the most politically aware states in India and this is reflected in the movies that are made in the state. During the 1980’s and 90’s political movies were quite popular. … Continue reading The Unrelenting Misogyny of Kerala’s Red Films