On the NDTV India Ban

The one-day ban on NDTV India once again highlights the troubling relationship that exists between governments and media content in our country. Frankly, if a government ministry is given the power to unilaterally regulate media content and impose punishments on content creators, we're setting ourselves up for situations like these. Much before the current government… Continue reading On the NDTV India Ban

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On the US Elections and Global Issues

So far, I've chosen not to speak about the US elections because...well, why waste time on it when you're not a voter yourself? But now that we have less than a week to go, I can confess I'm scared. Maybe it's the relentless, polarised media coverage getting to me, but I'm genuinely scared of what's… Continue reading On the US Elections and Global Issues

Podcasts

I discovered a couple of interesting podcasts this week. Both are based in India. (a) The Intersection is a fortnightly podcast focusing on topics cutting across science, history, and culture. https://soundcloud.com/theintersection I particularly enjoyed the last two episodes - one covers a joint Indo-US espionage mission in the Himalayas in the 1960s while another explores… Continue reading Podcasts

Notes on the Steel Flyover connecting the Airport to the City Centre in Bengaluru

There were a bunch of news articles today on the Karnataka cabinet approving the construction of a steel bridge (more accurately, a steel flyover) connecting the Bengaluru airport to the centre of the city. Reports of this project can be found in the Times of India, The Hindu, Bangalore Mirror, and Livemint. It's important to… Continue reading Notes on the Steel Flyover connecting the Airport to the City Centre in Bengaluru

On Suprise, Violence, and the Manufacturing of Bengaluru’s Images

I'm seeing posts and articles post-riots about how nobody expected violence of this sort in Bengaluru and that the city has changed. On the day of the riots, news anchors on talk shows lamented about how the image of the city has been "damaged" and "dented". Others complained about how this was never a part… Continue reading On Suprise, Violence, and the Manufacturing of Bengaluru’s Images

ಕಾವೇರಿ ಗಲಭೆಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ – Regarding the Kaveri Riots

ಇವತ್ತಿನ ಹಿಂಸೆಯ ಬಗ್ಗೆ: ನಾನು ಗೊತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಮಾತೇ ಪುನಃ ಹೇಳುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇನೆ. ಆದರೆ ನನ್ನ ಪ್ರಕಾರ ಈ ಗೊತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಮಾತು ಮತ್ತೆ ಮತ್ತೆ ಹೇಳಬೇಕು. ಮುಖ್ಯವಾಗಿ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ವಾಸಿಸುತ್ತಿರುವ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರ ಬಾಯಿಗಳಿಂದ ಈ ಮಾತು ಪದೇ ಪದೇ ಬರಬೇಕು. ಕಾವೇರಿಯ ಸಮಸ್ಯದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ನಮ್ಮಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯ ಯೇನಾದರು ಆಗಲಿ, ತಮಿಳ ನಾದುವಿನಿಂದ ಬರುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಹಿಂಸೆಯ ಸುದ್ದಿಯ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಕೋಪ ಎಷ್ಟಾದರೂ ಆಗಲಿ, ಜನರ ಮೇಲೆ ಅಥವಾ ಆಸ್ತಿಯ ಮೇಲೆ ಹಿಂಸೆ ಮಾಡುವುದಕ್ಕೆ ನಮಗೆ ಯಾವ ಹಕ್ಕೂ ಇಲ್ಲ. ಕಾವೇರಿಯ… Continue reading ಕಾವೇರಿ ಗಲಭೆಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ – Regarding the Kaveri Riots

Book: ‘The Great Game’ by Peter Hopkirk

This book has provided great relief in recent weeks, while I struggled with writer's block and persistent insomnia. I had picked it up years ago, while staying in Delhi and had then left it half-finished for some reason. I picked it up again a few weeks ago. Peter Hopkirk's "The Great Game" was originally published… Continue reading Book: ‘The Great Game’ by Peter Hopkirk