Author: Sreelata Menon

In Pursuit of an Elusive Akhand Bharat

Reading Time: 6 minutesThe political dialogue has changed completely from a hitherto common plank that was to some extent regardless of caste, creed or religion to one with religious overtones that favor Hinduism or to be fair the concept of ‘Hindutva’ propagated by the parent body of the Lotus. Underlying it is the belief that India is actually […]

Why Renuka Chowdhary is Not Alone?

Reading Time: 5 minutesA woman cannot get away with even a mere laugh in today’s world. There is no solidarity even among her own gender who are quick to sit in judgment and agree she got her just desserts. Chauvinism still rampant however much we try to pretend it doesn’t can only be rooted out once mindsets change. […]

Karnataka Elections: Nanga Nach

Reading Time: 5 minutesWith every speech, remark and tweet, the levels of personal abuse see new vituperative highs. Strangely, leading the pack are the very people who should rightly, at least be seen across the board as setting an example of good governance and exemplary behavior rather than wordy abuse. But then the hallmark of not only the […]

Rajnikanth: The Advent of a New Star-Politician

Reading Time: 6 minutesConvinced of the need to now play a true-life saviour to the masses in real life rather than in reel-life Rajnikanth, who is yet to name his party believes that ‘Democracy is in a state of distress in the state’. So the way forward is to he says ‘Push for spiritual politics without caste or […]

Tipu Sultan: A Hero or a Charlatan?

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe deeds and misdeeds of Tipu Sultan are aired, discussed, debated and washed like dirty linen by all and sundry again and again even 300 years later, while a few among the clueless emotion driven ‘Janata’ get violent and are clobbered or lathied to death for no reason at all except of course for protesting […]

Godmen: Happiness Comes with a Price Tag

Reading Time: 6 minutesGurus whose USP is smart marketing; Swamis whose fortunes would shame a Rockefeller; Godmen with unbridled libido who believe it is their right to rape and murder; Babas in saintly garbs close to political power – the pivot in an unseemly nexus – these quick rise men with feet of clay then are our ‘happiness’ […]

Playing Ducks and Drakes with the Unique Ethos of Kerala

Reading Time: 6 minutesThe distrust of the RSS-BJP whose professed ideology is at variance with and is abhorrent to the local populace, who are all equal participants in the political narrative of the state. Their modus operandi as experience has shown – displace opposition governments through strident nationalist posturing and communal overhype was on course. In accordance, letting […]

India through Her Stamps

Reading Time: 5 minutesSreelata tells us about the journey of India through her stamps. With the first General Post Office being opened, in 1774, in Calcutta, followed by Madras (1778) and Bombay (1792) it was Warren Hastings Governor General from 1773-1784 who first threw it open to the public for a fee of two annas per 100 miles. In 1911, Henri […]