Thursday, December 12, 2013

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Better to be Wrong than Right? Isaiah vs Isaac - philosopher vs political activist.

 Better to be Wrong than Right?:
 Isaiah Berlin, the philosopher of Liberty and Isaac Deutscher, a biographer and political acitivist, both Jews, were unlike each other.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Fading Judicial Independence

Fading judicial independence - The Hindu:

Politicians of all hue want to make judiciary their handmaiden. The proposed amendment to the Constitution passed by Rajya Sabha as 120th Constitution Amendment Bill makes sinister attempt to throttle the independence of judiciary.

Why readers love big biographies -

Why readers love big biographies - Salon.com:

As we want to know all about the subject we prefer gargantuan biographies.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Despicable charade - How the authority of PM's office has been shattered?

Despicable charade - The Hindu:

This is the fate of every PM who occupies office as someone's dole.

Measure for unconstitutional measure

Measure for unconstitutional measure - The Hindu:

Happily the Indian democracy has triumphed and the discredited UPA Cabinet has decided to withdraw the Bill.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The real clash is within civilisations | Frank Furedi | spiked

The real clash is within civilisations | Frank Furedi | spiked:

Clash of Civilisations and clash within civilisations are taking place simultaneously.

Ronald Dworkin : Wrong in the right way | Rationalist Association

Wrong in the right way | Rationalist Association:

Ronald Dworkin, the atheist philosopher who supports the right to pornography, gives secular reasons in support of the right to religion.

Machiavelli: Still Shocking after Five Centuries | The National Interest

Machiavelli: Still Shocking after Five Centuries | The National Interest:

No political philosopher is as misunderstood and as vilified for things he didn't do as Niccolo Machiavelli. Machiavelli only advocated autonomous space for politics. He was not unethical, but simply amoral realist. From Kautilya, Mencius & Thucydides to Hobbes and Morgenthau philosophers of statecraft have taken position which is called Realism. Machiavelli was simply a realist.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Four SC verdicts that will change the way we vote

Four SC verdicts that will change the way we vote - The Times of India:

The judgments delivered on July 10, Sept 13 & Sept 27 this year are of immense significance for our polity.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Rajdeep Sardesai's Blog : Narasimha Rao, VP Singh, LK Advani: The tragic heroes of politics

Rajdeep Sardesai's Blog : Narasimha Rao, VP Singh, LK Advani: The tragic heroes of politics:

As a rule RajdeepSardesai's views on Indian politics are coloured by his 'secular-liberal !' bias, but the present analysis is fair and catches the essence of post-Indira Indian politics.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Judiciary vs Parliament: SC delivers series of verdicts political parties find unpalatable - Hindustan Times

Judiciary vs Parliament: SC delivers series of verdicts political parties find unpalatable - Hindustan Times:

From First Amendment to the Constitution in 1951 to 120th or so Amendment Bill in 2013 politicians have trampled upon the spirit of the Constitution while the Supreme Court as guardian of the Constitution has been trying to uphold the supremacy of the Constitution.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

“Your fatwa does not apply here”: Muslim artists battle fundamentalism

“Your fatwa does not apply here”: Muslim artists battle fundamentalism - Salon.com:

Fatwa vs Rationalism

Let’s talk about Sonia - Shekhar Gupta

Let’s talk about Sonia - Indian Express:

Sonia Gandhi's shenanigans and her total control over Govt have killed India's chances of prosperity. She inherited a prosperous India, but has turned India into the sick man of Asia. India can't and won't forgive her disservice to the nation.

Significance of Durga Shakti: A turning point for better governance?

Significance of Durga Shakti: A turning point for better governance? | The Hindu Centre:

Has Civil Service Neutrality been an idea of the past? Has the role of permanent executive changed? How & when will things improve?

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The capable state - Gulzar Natarajan

The capable state - Indian Express:

Ideally there should be ' Maximum governance with minimum government ', but in India we have ' Maximum government with minimum governance ' instead. State capability has been sacrificed at the altar of politicking and vote bank politics in India.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Into the Darkness | Bar and Bench

Into the Darkness | Bar and Bench:

Bad political leadership brings bad administrative, economic & judicial leadership. A combination of bad judicial & political leadership results in catastrophe.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

The modern Prince - The Enigma That Is Machiavelli

The modern Prince - FT.com:

Was Machiavelli a philosopher of evil as Leo Strauss believed or a philosopher of republicanism & rule of law? Francis Fukuyama's take on this.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

BBC News - Stinking fish and coffee: The language of corruption

BBC News - Stinking fish and coffee: The language of corruption:

In India corruption is ' kar prasanna' - make happy. A fish starts to stink at the head and in India the stink of corruption begins from the top.

While we were silent - Pratap Bhanu Mehta

While we were silent - Indian Express:

A brilliant write up by P B Mehta. The Congress has deliberately pursued policies, in the name of Aam Aadami & secularism, that has put India on destruction course. The UPA has been successful in wrecking the polity from within. Mehta, however, missed to mention UPA's suicidal foreign policy.

Friday, July 5, 2013

The new Galapagos - Pratap Bhanu Mehta

The new Galapagos - Indian Express Mobile: Pratap Bhanu Mehta

A beautiful depiction of Delhi's political bio-diversity. Hilarious, yet true to an extent.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Middle-Class Revolution - WSJ.com

The Middle-Class Revolution - WSJ.com:

A dissatisfied & disenchanted Middle Class is the most effective carrier of Revolution. From Aristotle to Hannah Arendt to Francis Fukuyama -- this has been the running theme.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Bhutan Is No Shangri-La

Bhutan Is No Shangri-La - NYTimes.com:

Appearance is clearly different from reality in Bhutan. Behind the charade of peace, tranquility & happiness lies a tyrannical mindset of the Drukpas.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Tantra Illuminated

 Tantra Illuminated: One Point of View about Tantra

'via Blog this'

Millennials likely aren’t as conservative as they think

Millennials likely aren’t as conservative as they think 

In the mid-1960s when we were students Link, a leftist weekly, lamented that while scholars & students of other sciences were getting 'progressive', those of political science were getting conservative & reactionary. Now this study shows that people who are about 30 are more centre of right than any thing. Why is it so ?Is it the consequence of triumphant capitalism? Or is there more to it? Find out in this study.

Is there a “liberal bias” in academia?

Is there a “liberal bias” in academia?

I won't call this merely a bias. In India, in the 1960s, with active support of politicians in power, the radical lefties occupied positions of authority & influence in the academia, particularly in Central institutions like JNU, DU, ICSSR, ICHR . These radicals saw to it that only fellow travelers are appointed teachers & fellows in these institutions. They constructed Indian history in their own image, without caring for facts & truth. Most of our academics & journalists are the product of these institutions, who openly show bias in their work. I was enlightened by this article in the London Review of Books that even in the USA such attempts were made in the 1960s.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Veer Savarkar: the Historian extraordinary

Veer Savarkar: the Historian extraordinary:

Only those who read their history correctly can arrive at the truth. V D Savarkar , with his Pitribhoo & Punyabhoo, Fatherland & Holy land concepts, understood the essence of nationhood.

Monday, June 3, 2013

An Insider's Look at Hannah Arendt's Life—and Love – Tablet Magazine

An Insider's Look at Hannah Arendt's Life—and Love – Tablet Magazine:

A peep into the life of one of the most ravishing beauty & brilliant mind of her time.

Edmund Burke& the liberal causes

Burke & Sons - FT.com:

Edmund Burke, father of Conservatism, really fought for liberal causes & justice in India, the USA, France & his own Ireland.

Friday, May 31, 2013

“Hannah Arendt”: The big Twitter war of 1962

“Hannah Arendt”: The big Twitter war of 1962

Hannah Arendt was one of the most brilliant writer scholar and upholder of liberal values of her time. In her "Men in Dark Times" she clearly foresaw that we were witnessing dark times and in her "Crises of Republic" she saw the ills that were to engulf human society. In her seminal work "Origins of Totalitarianism", she dissected Totalitarianism and the origins of the idea of totalitarianism, i e, Nazism, Fascism & Communism. In "Human Condition"/ "Eichman in Jerusalam" she tries to find out the factors that propel a human being to act inhumanly. In many senses Arendt was a maverick thinker who didn't care about the popular opinion of the time.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Monday, May 27, 2013

Masani and Swatantra Party

Masani and Swatantra Party:

What C Rajgopalachari, Minoo Masani & Prof N G Ranga expounded in late fifties and early sixties became the reigning ideology of nineties & 21st century.Their writings in Swarajya may be treated as Bible of Modern Liberalism.

Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) - Left Wing Extremism(Naxalite), India, South Asia Terrorism Portal

Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) - Left Wing Extremism(Naxalite), India, South Asia Terrorism Portal:

When one is driven simply by hatred differences with others is bound to occur. Maoism is driven not only by an ideology, but a medley of other factors like anger, hatred, envy, greed,and of course, some sort of heroism. If you don't know your destination, any road will lead you there. This is what has happened with the lovers of violence.

Monday, April 29, 2013

When Derrida discovered Marx - LARB

When Derrida discovered Marx - Salon.com:

For Derrida & his generation and even afterwards Marxism was ' mother's milk'. But in course of time Spectres of Marx began to haunt them. Why? Find out the connection between Derrida's ' deconstruction ' and Gorbachev's ' perestroika '.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Do public intellectuals matter?

Do public intellectuals matter?:

An intellectual is acquainted both with history and history of ideas. Public intellectuals try to advance freedom and knowledge. Relevance of public intellectuals will always be felt.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

‘The Undivided Past,’ by David Cannadine

‘The Undivided Past,’ by David Cannadine - NYTimes.com:

Conflicts & divisions are considered moving force of history by many ideologies, notably Marxism. Will divisions be a thing of the past? Find in this review of a book a fresh insight.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Resistance, Rebellion, and Writing - Albert Camus

resistance, rebellion, and writing - bookforum.com / current issue:

Albert Camus invited the wrath of fellow Leftists for disagreeing with the then prevailing view that violence was a necessary part of revolution, resistance and change. Frantz Fanon derided him as ' sweet sister ' and Sartre talked of his 'beautiful spirit' mockingly. But Camus was right as later course of history proved.

Monday, April 8, 2013

The End of Everything

The end of everything - The Washington Post:

Ever since Raymond Aron described ideology as opium of intellectuals and Daniel Bell declared the End of Ideology and Francis Fukuyama predicted the End of History, the End literature and predictions have flooded the intellectual space. From End of Politics to End of Science , from End of Men to End of Future have been craving for our attention. Find in this Washington Post article the real significance of this End business.

Monday, March 11, 2013

What Was Neoliberalism?

Los Angeles Review of Books - What Was Neoliberalism?:

The Enigma of Neoliberalism. Was 'neo' a prefix of derision or an assertion of innovation? What was new about it?

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Karl Marx and the semantics of a “post-work left”

Karl Marx and the semantics of a “post-work left” - Salon.com:

Is the " right not to have a boss" a sensible right? Work is monotonous only for those who don't enjoy their work. Why there is a Marxist fixation with work monotony?

National Interest: Still Mandal, still Mandir - Shekhar Gupta's Subjective Analysis

National Interest: Still Mandal, still Mandir - Indian Express:

We, the students of social science, especially Political Science, know only too well that social & political beliefs colour our attitude and analysis. An honest analyst would declare at the beginning of his analysis his political leanings and beliefs. But to expect this from our highly partisan intellectuals and media is a bit unrealistic. It is not that Shekhar Gupta won't be knowing that the UPA, particularly the Congress, depends upon the support of Bangladeshi immigrants, minorities like Muslims & Christians, separatists and a fairly large number of anti-national elements to come to power. Similarly, the support base of BJP is not only Ram Mandir supporters. In fact India's resurgent nationalists are firmly behind the BJP and the Mandir Movement was nothing but the assertion of Indian nationalism. If India is to survive as a nation and civilization it has to facilitate the emergence and consolidation of Hindu nationalism. Religions like Islam and Christianity have other homelands also, but the Hindus have only India to fall back upon. A Hindu by birth is secular. See how Nepal, a Hindu Kingdom, has declared itself a Secular Republic.Parties, the rationale of whose existence was anti-Congressism, have now joined hands with Congress to stop the emergence resurgent Hindu/Indian resurgence.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

In Bureaucracy Paperwork Against the People

Paperwork Against the People | Dissent Magazine:

How Bureaucracy came to acquire such negative connotation? There is goal displacement and tail wagging the dog in bureaucracy. There is an East European song which says: Satan doesn't have red tails; it has red tape.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Turning Ram Manohar Lohiaji on his head

Turning Lohiaji on his head 

In the present day Indian context, a Samajwadi ( Socialist) is one who discards society ( समाज बाद में, पहले स्वयं)  and thinks only about him/herself. No wonder, Lohia's ideas of anti-Congressism has been stood on its head.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Study: Are some people born conservative?

Study: Are some people born conservative? - Salon.com:

'via Blog this' This Political Science Research would like us to believe that all conservatives need not be fearful people, but all fearful people are conservatives. Strange research. The Conservatives want to conserve the present. Is it fearfulness? If it is fearfulness, it's the fear of evil forces taking over the reins of society.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Torture and Taboo: On Elaine Scarry

Torture and Taboo: On Elaine Scarry | The Nation:

We are living in strange time. We are concerned with the rights and condition of the criminals, terrorists, anti-socials and persons of deviant behaviour, but don't care about the rights and condition of common people.When terrorists kill innocent people and police personnel, the protagonists of Human Rights remain mum, but when the State acts against these barbarians cries of Human Rights violation rent the air. Our permissiveness vis a vis the criminals is a reflection of the societal anomie.

Glories of Classicism - Stephen Greenblatt and Joseph Leo Koerner

Glories of Classicism by Stephen Greenblatt and Joseph Leo Koerner | The New York Review of Books:


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

India vs. China vs. Egypt - NYTimes.com

India vs. China vs. Egypt - NYTimes.com:

A very interesting comparison between the govts & civil societies of China, Egypt & India.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

How Obama is unraveling Reagan Republicanism

How Obama is unraveling Reagan Republicanism - Salon.com:

There was a time when ' political parties ' were considered as the Dark Continent because political scientists did not consider as a subject fit for serious attention. Not so now. Political party has, now, acquired centre stage in the study of Political Science. Abraham Lincoln's Republican Party has given way to Ronald Reagan's Republican Party. The Republicans fear that the White House is trying to ' annihilate them ' and ' shove (them) in the dustbin of history'. Same is the case in India where the so called liberal-secular and leftist parties in cohort with liberal-secular intellectuals & media are trying to shove BJP into the dustbin of history.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Speaking the Politically Incorrect Truth

Ashis Nandy's comments on SC, STs creates furore at Jaipur Festival - India - DNA:

We are a nation of hypocrites. What we know and believe is, more often than not, hidden behind a number of platitudes and explanations. Prof Ashis Nandy has said something which we all know and have ourselves experienced a number of times. In private conversations we talk about this, but from public platform to say that OBC, SC& ST officials are more corrupt than others requires courage. We don't know from where Prof Nandy has mustered this courage.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Dharma For The State? | Jyotirmaya Sharma

Dharma For The State? | Jyotirmaya Sharma:

One of the ironies of our time is that people with jaundiced view begin to analyse events, personalities which are beyond their comprehension. Sanatan Dharma is no religion in the sense Christianity, Islam & the like are. What is called Sanatan Dharma has no single book, no prophet, no messenger; doesn't talk about proselytization or conversion. It doesn't quarrel about the method of worship; one is free to choose his/ her method. Sri Ramkrishna Paramhans was a Sanatani in the true sense of the term. Swami Vivekanand, on the other hand, was concerned with the contempt the Sanatan Dharma was held in by the other religionists and some of the Sanatanis also. Swami Vivekanand wanted to awaken the sleeping Hindu nation like Swami Dayanand Saraswati. These Swamis through Sangathan, lectures, discussions wanted to rouse the Hindu nation, which during 1000 years of alien rule has acquired many faults & shortcomings.  

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Jared Diamond: It’s irrational to be religious -

Jared Diamond: It’s irrational to be religious - Salon.com:

Religion has its own reason which only the religious understand. Rationality, as it is understood, and Faith are two different manifestations of our personality. Religion, basically, is a device to make us human and self-controlling.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Joan Acocella: The Radical Vision of St. Francis of Assisi : The New Yorker

Joan Acocella: The Radical Vision of St. Francis of Assisi : The New Yorker:

There were both Brahminical and anti-Brahminical elements in St Francis's thought. Like a true Brahmin he renounced wealth and detested hoarding; but his disdain for books & learning was anti-Brahmin.

Friday, January 11, 2013

15 GREAT THOUGHTS BY CHANAKYA

15 GREAT THOUGHTS BY CHANAKYA | Self Improvement Blog on Speakingtree.in:

The beauty, & sometimes real meaning, are often lost in translations. Yet take delight in these quotes of great Chanakya.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

The war on female sexuality: Is globalization to blame? - Salon.com

The war on female sexuality: Is globalization to blame? - Salon.com:
This is not simply a struggle for or assertion of power; nor a conflict over d propriety right over female body, but a manifestation of the weakening of value system and resultant anomie.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Progressives don’t hold a monopoly on science -

Progressives don’t hold a monopoly on science - Salon.com:

The politicization of science, particularly social science, is a reality and must take notice of this.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Shakespeare's Tremor and Orwell's Cough : A Visit To Literary Ward

Book Review: Shakespeare's Tremor and Orwell's Cough - WSJ.com:

A very insightful peep into the diseases of some of the West's greatest literary figures. Find out what type of treatment they had to endure.