“Print media is in a deep mess. The time has come for every business to press ‘reset’”: newspapers and magazines in India are suddenly gasping for breath as #CoronaVirus strikes multiple blows

*** In 1988, Andrew Grove, the founder and former CEO of the American chip-manufacturing giant Intel, wrote a book titled Only the Paranoid Survive, in which he floated the concept …

“To err is human. To look at every Indian, and every life, with the same value is divine”: The 1,275-word speech that Narendra Modi should deliver at 8 pm to launch a process of “national healing”

My fellow Indians It is 8 pm.  I know the sight of me at 8 pm strikes fear in your hearts but do not be afraid, my dear countrymen. I …

Six gems John Oliver packed into his 17-minute takedown of the ‘aggressive hugger’ with ‘no emotional validation’, the ‘temporary symbol of hate’

John Oliver‘s hatchet job on prime minister Narendra Modi on his ‘Last Week Tonight‘ show is “trending” but it is easy to not quite hear what the voluble British-born US comedian says …

A steady drip-feed has normalised hatred against Muslims in BJP-ruled Karnataka. Which is why Kannadigas are so apathetic to the Police claim that a poor, unlettered domestic help tutored a Class VI girl to wage war against the mighty Indian state.

As a pictorial representation of the perverse inhumanity that the “land of Buddha and Gandhi” has embraced as its key performance indicator since 2014, it is difficult to beat the …

A Hindu bomber detonates the Mangalore ‘bomb’ in the face of Kannada news media. And a newspaper suggests mental tests and medical treatment for the ‘real terrorists’: embedded editors, owners and TV anchors.

Karnataka is the outlier in peninsular India—the only state in the South that the BJP has managed to come to power, by hook and by crook. Twice. There is a …

If Baba Ramdev can get Babul Supriyo a BJP ticket in 3 days, what’s the big deal over a Lingayat mutt head demanding cabinet berths for 3 Lingayat MLAs?

  The most touching aspect of a Lingayat mutt head publicly “threatening” Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa to include Lingayat MLAs in his cabinet, failing which he would incur the wrath …

At the latest science “circus”, Narendra Modi’s yoga consultant urges scientists to study the influence of “external forces” on man

The Nobel Prize-winning scientist of Indian origin Venkatraman Ramakrishnan rightly dubbed the Indian Science Congress a “circus” after he had to sit and watch an audience applaud Narendra Modi‘s mantra …

“Institutions are being targeted. Public space is being shrunk. Fundamental rights are being threatened…. It’s only if the nation survives, officers will survive”: IAS officer Sasikanth Senthil

In ideal circumstances, speaking your mind is a simple biological function, a sign that a synaptic link has been achieved between the brain and the tongue; a sign that you …

Eight reasons why Indian cricket looks like Indian politics today: a loud, mindless cauldron of ‘desh bhakti’, unaccountable, Pakistan-obsessed, and a darling of shady corporates

In the late 1980s, the then Editor of The Times of India, Girilal Jain, wrote that in India, politics sets the pace and everything else follows in its wake. In …

In Gauri Lankesh’s home-state, a frighteningly real story of ‘fake news’, with the clumsy footprints of BJP and RSS—and embedded ‘sangh’ journalists and newspapers. (And, yes, a serial fabricator followed by Narendra Modi.)

*** A leading Kannada newspaper owned by a former three-term BJP MP and a serial fake news peddler followed by Narendra Modi on Twitter, have been embroiled in a forged letter scandal, following the …

‘Praja Vani’ editorial asks a pertinent question: why is the BJP only making communally provocative statements even after getting a majority and a full five years in office?

Narendra Modi says Rahul Gandhi is running away from Hindus to contest from Wayanad. Amit Shah says all infiltrators except Buddha, Hindus and Sikhs will be removed. Yogi Adityanath talks …

It takes a PhD in environmental toxicology from Cornell University to serve up a nice number to those who love the fudge cooked up by Narendra Modi’s statistical chefs

Can’t beat UPA’s growth rate? Calculate the GDP rate differently. Can’t provide two crore jobs as promised? Stop tracking employment. Worst unemployment in 45 years? Bury the NSSO report. Can’t …

Hundreds of crores have been squandered in ‘Digital India’. Isn’t there a more dignified way of informing families that a ‘jawan’ is dead than through a TV news flash?

Hundreds of websites, apps and interactive services have been launched by the Narendra Modi government, whose barely disguised objective has been to collect the data of citizens—and everything else that …

Whether he wins again or not, Narendra Modi has caused irreparable damage to Indian science: Lord Ganesh, Shiva, Kunti and Gandhari are witness

Evaluating Narendra Modi’s imprint on India’s social fabric, or the stains left behind by five years of relentless, unapologetic majoritarianism on the communal tapestry, is an easy task to undertake. …

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 …

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 …

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 …