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Monthly Archives: March, 2011

Language and Postcolonialism: Anita Desai’s ‘In Custody’ – Dr Rita Garg

Since the beginning of her career as a novelist, Anita Desai has carved a niche for her works. She is known for the exposure...

The Human Paradox -Harikrishnan Nair

Life on Earth has existed for about a few million years. The Earth, is safe to say, has seen it all, from the big,...

Caught and Forgot – Shradha Narayanan, Pune

Public memory is short lived. A news story comes as a breeze, swirls a storm and then disappears leaving no sign of its...

My experiments with truth – Deepayan Bhadra

It was apprehension. I stepped into the building, unsure of how would I be received. I was yet to tread this unknown path. I...

An Unexpected Gift – Joicy Joy

It was after a long time I felt my heart wake up from a long sleep to spread a little smile, all in me… I jumped with an...

Wholesome Holes – Arun M Sivakrishna

Souls leave no shadows And no more shades either. For, they remain in those Moth eaten sepias as relics Of those we may have loved once, And killed many...

Kashmir – Chained Freedom -Trilok Rangan

I closed my eyes to this violence, And I woke up to a valley of silence. Sun chose to hide behind the clouds now, And the gunshots...

Prayer of the Unsung Hero – Raji Narasimhan

My yoke is heavy- Lord help me bear My fountain is but a trickle; help me endure I was promised a world of equality But that was...
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Revisiting Ambedkar’s Vision of ‘United States of India’: Can It Stand as Modern India’s Viable Alternative?

In April 2020, Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor waded into the debate, arguing that a Presidential system would prevent the “one-man show” that the Indian system has evolved into. The proponents of this line of thought also cite the United States' (relative) political stability as one of the key reasons to support their argument. The proposal challenges the Indian Constitution’s “Basic structure doctrine” decided by the Supreme Court in the Kesavananda Bharathi case. However, this requires further examination: a Presidential form of government might fix some of India’s political gridlock, but it may also open Pandora’s Box, releasing a whole wake of issues in its place. This includes a politically biased Supreme Court and horse-trading of MPs on a scale unheard in Indian politics.

Fruit Punch

I should have asked her months ago. But I have been preoccupied with my family’s concerns. How will you protect your wife in that unknown place? What will you do if someone harms her? You have no experience in travel. You don’t even know Hindi. How will you get things done? Why can’t you go someplace nearby, like Munnar? But I had promised Agneta, and I couldn’t break it.

Our Men are Learning

“Cut them some slack,our men are still learning.”“Don't be so harsh,our men are still learning.”Did you know thatthe learning...

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Reviewing ‘Obsession and Wild Pigeon’ by Ismat Chughtai

My interest in Ismat Chughtai developed when I first...