‘A Kannada writer is blessed to be writing in a language in which epics were written much before the English language was born’

The acclaimed Kannada poet, lyricist and writer Jayant Kaikini has just won a massive prize for his collection of short stories ‘No Presents Please‘, translated into English by Tejaswini Niranjana. …

7 true, 2 partially true, 4 false: How InFinMin Piyush Goyal’s interim budget speech is faring on the lie detector test (so far)

Since India finally, formally and forcefully entered the post-truth world in 2014, a genuine growth industry, generating dozens of jobs, has been the business of fact-checking. With everybody, starting from …

10 hilarious tweets in response to a hilarious tweet trying to defend Narendra Modi’s biggest feat yet: the highest unemployment rate in 45 years, for the first time in 70 years

Somesh Jha‘s story of the day in Business Standard—that unemployment rose to its highest point in 45 years after the stupidest decision in post-independent India’s history: #Demonetisation—led to a strange …

Kannada University postpones silver jubilee event after students and teachers object to the ‘consistent misogyny’ of an invitee: a right-wing newspaper Editor

The valedictory function of the silver jubilee of Kannada University—a University set up in Hampi in Karnataka 25 years agoto celebrate the state’s language—has been abruptly postponed following protests over the participation …

In 1976, George Fernandes plotted to bomb the Vidhana Soudha to warn Indira Gandhi. Today, his friends would have called him ‘anti-national’ and put him in the ‘tukde-tukde’ gang.

Before he was crowned “giant-killer” at age 37 in Bombay, for defeating S.K. Patil…. Before he set up a highly profitable co-operative bank for taxi-drivers…. Before he moved on to …

Seven reasons why BJP’s breast-beating about the grand alliance of Opposition parties doesn’t make sense unless you are a ‘bhakt’, bot, troll, or media lapdog

*** The “United India” rally in Calcutta, where 20 political parties stood on one stage on January 19, has understandably sent BJP and its bhakts, bots, trolls, media lapdogs, and …

Even the RSS feels BJP is losing hold over Dalits and tribals. Is a 10% quota for the “poor” going to counter perception that it is against caste-based reservations?

Various analyses of the election results in the five States late last year—especially Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh—have all pointed in the same direction: BJP has a problem on its …

Narendra Modi gets a lesson from a Harvard history prof: “To truly honour Netaji Bose, include the minorities; speak out against religious hatred; uphold equal citizenship; respect Tipu and Gandhi”

Modern politics is mostly a 2.20 minute video wrapped in a 280-character tweet of a hollow “I’m-so-honoured-to-be-here” speech that can be delivered in any one of India’s 640 districts to …

First Nitin Gadkari, now Manohar Parrikar: Is the RSS sending clear signals to Narendra Modi not to take anything for granted in 2019?

It is unlikely that Narendra Modi‘s media advisor is secretly writing a book titled ‘The Prime Ministerial Accident“, because of course, the smart man has not made the stupid mistake …

India could have vaccinated 41 crore children with the Rs 7,267 crore Narendra Modi has spent on travel and publicity. Or, bought JNU’s books for next 1,000 years.

*** Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 48 foreign trips to 55 countries have cost the exchequer more than Rs 2,021 crore in chartered flights, aircraft maintenance and hotline facilities, Parliament has been told. Simultaneously, it …

In 21st century Bharat, when Indians are wondering if Hanuman was a Dalit, a twist in the tail: “Lord Rama ate meat and drank alcohol”

Controversial Kannada writer K.S. Bhagwan has kicked up a fresh row with his claim in a recently released book that Lord Rama drank “alcohol” and ate “meat”. Bhagwan, 74, a …

Mitron, bad news: Whichever way you look at it, it looks more and more likely that Narendra Modi will be a one-term PM (as Nostradamus predicted)

A victor always tries to see a state election outcome as a precursor to a larger, national trend. And the vanquished attempts to dissociate elections to the Vidhana Sabha from elections to …

Psychiatrists, here’s a phenomenon worth studying: Why do #Hindutva folk find it so easy to loosely talk about death and killing of humans and canines?

There’s something clearly amiss in the syllabus at the Nagpur School of Inhumanities that its degree holders have such a visceral hatred of dogs. Exempli gratia… Narendra Modi: “Learn patriotism …

33 years ago, a (real) Yale grad was warning the world about a “Hindu Revolution”, spearheaded not by the BJP but, ironically, by the Congress

Were it not so obnoxious, it would have been easy to brush aside poll-time bilge of who is a real Hindu; what ‘gotra‘ Rahul Gandhi is; whether Congress is becoming …

Always the bridesmaid and never the bride, Ananth Kumar was, at best, one of the builders of BJP in Karnataka; a power broker like Pramod Mahajan

Union minister and Bangalore South MP Ananth Kumar’s premature demise at the age of 59 will hog the news headlines, at least in Karnataka, for the next few hours. Adjectives …

250 years ago, Tipu Sultan was informed about a case of inverted ‘love jihad’. His response would shock M/s Modi, Yogi & Co.

Two-bit rabble rousers of the Indian People’s Party who display no synaptic link between their cerebrum and their oral orifice have used Tipu Sultan‘s legacy to spread poison, hatred and …

250 years ago, Tipu Sultan and his father Hyder Ali were not just fighting the British in India. They were also inspiring America’s independence movement.

In the Cesspool of Conspicuous Communalism that India is lapping around, is there anything more ridiculous than the sight of pusillanimous pygmies—who ducked the Quit India movement; grovelled before the …

Deepavali vs Diwali: A short, stupidly chauvinistic rant (in four graphs) on the mind gap between the South and the North

“North vs South” is an evergreen story in Indian journalism. And maha fun too. Newspapers, magazines, and pop-columnists have for decades banked on the all-too-real differences between the people, food, …

What if #Demonetisation’s goal was not financial or digital? What if it was a psychological operation to condition your mind to learn to accept and acquiesce?

“To break the grip of corruption and black money, we have decided that the five-hundred rupee and thousand-rupee currency notes presently in use will no longer be legal tender from …