November 2012

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1. All Hail Salman Rushdie. All Hail Joseph Anton. At times, when she was reading the memoir, she was reminded of that cherished moment in her youth, when she had first read prose in Latin class. That too was a memoir, as it happens, and one also written in the third person singular. Gallia est omnis [...]

Dead Bodies Amongst

The plight of Gaza civilians has shaken many a torpor-ed digital selves recently. This was notable because the ordinary condition of Gaza, the daily quotidian plight is in itself a crisis of unbelievable moral and humanistic severity. Yet the now-sanctioned ritual sharing of photos, of inflamed or inflammatory opinion pieces, of outrage on social networks [...]

Barkha Dutt has expressed incredulity on Twitter at being included in my essay "Bal Thackeray's Poisonous Legacies" as an example of those in the worlds of media, celebrity, and politics who were soft-pedaling Bal Thackeray's legacy. Dutt's argument, expressed here and here, is that (a) it was sloppy and careless to include her in this [...]

Bal Thackeray’s Poisonous Legacies

The Indian elite's reaction to Bal Thackeray's death raises profoundly disturbing question, argues Rohit Chopra. With news breaking earlier this evening of Bal Thackeray's death, the movers and shakers of Indian society have been in overdrive as have been their lesser-known followers, minions, and acolytes on Twitter. The event is being milked for all it [...]

The Stain of Memory

Rohit Chopra continues the series on South Asia with a reflection on the anti-Sikh riots that followed the assassination of Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984. Close to three decades after the pogroms, most of those responsible for the violence have not been brought to justice. In 1984 after the assassination of Indira Gandhi by [...]


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