What ails right-wing’s portrayal of India?

The intellectuals in the right-wing ecosystem have long defended the implicit bigotry of their discourse behind the garb of post-colonial idioms. It is time, their bluff is called out. They have been aiming guns at foreign as well as Indian scholarship critical of the Hindutva discourse. But somebody needs to remind them that they are … Continue reading What ails right-wing’s portrayal of India?

The political incompetence of BJP

BJP constantly markets its achievement in terms of the number of electrified villages, the number of toilets built, number of cylinders distributed etc. while the opposition points out BJP’s failure in terms of rise in incidence of violence against Dalits and minorities, its authoritarian attitude and its failure to cater to needs of poor and … Continue reading The political incompetence of BJP

Many objectives of policy making

Any improvement in living standard due to government schemes is purely coincidental and has no resemblance to anything that bureaucracy intended to do. This warning should be issued with each welfare scheme executed by the government. All schemes have a stated objective derived from the larger aims of the welfare state. To achieve this objective, … Continue reading Many objectives of policy making

Hindutva and politics of recovery

A liberal is described as someone who hates Hinduism. He is also privileged and enjoys smoking, alcohol and is a womanizer. It is not a coincident that BJP leaders were counting condoms in JNU. Contrast this with the image of RSS pracharak, who lives a life of ascetic, renounces family and is completely devoted to the nation and religion, and the political use of Hindu religious symbols by BJP to build a political narrative of emancipation and recovery becomes clear. Thus, Hindutva transcends its political imagery, to become a narrative of emancipation from corruptions of modernity and liberalism.

Politics and Post-Truth

The incomprehensibility of the contemporary society prepared the ground for a post-truth society by replacing empiricism of everyday life with the transcendental mode of cognition. This allowed the mainstream media to form an alliance with political power to build dishonest narratives. The rise of social media freed the practice of politics of its material constraints and people use it to challenge the dishonest narratives.