Wow, Succession won Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series, Writing, Directing and Jeremy Strong won for Acting. Very well deserved!
While accepting the award for Outstanding Drama Series, the show creator Jesse Armstrong said "un-thank you" to

- the virus
- Donald Trump
- Boris Johnson
- all nationalist & quasi-nationalist govts across the world
- the media moguls who keep them in power

Congrats Jeremy Strong! 👏🏽

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23 Nov
Islamophobia is the irrational hostility to a religion and not people and hence, accurately named. It is used to refer to the corrupted public consciousness about Islam and this manufactured prejudice has played a huge role in fuelling anti-Muslim bigotry across the world.
There may be hostility towards Hindus, Christians or others in many parts of the world where they are minorities. But that doesn't mean "Hindu-phobia" or "Christian-phobia" exists. That is why the word Islamophobia exists as it's not merely about hostility towards minorities.
Acknowledging that Islamophobia exists is in no way shielding Islam from criticism. In fact, valid criticism against all religions is necessary for our collective progress. It is disingenuous to suggest that those calling out Islamophobia are somehow being apologists of religion.
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22 Nov
Kerala Police Act Amendment Ordinance 2020 by the @vijayanpinarayi goverment is a draconian, ill-conceived move that gives the state indiscriminate powers to attack people's freedom of expression. Hopefully the SC will strike this down soon enough.
Kerala govt claims that this law is meant to tackle the menace of cybercrimes especially against women. While the problem is very much valid, this is no solution as this section poses grave risk of being misused to curb dissent.

Governments will come and go but laws will remain.
Kerala government should have taken into consideration the concerns raised by the IT & legal experts about how dangerous this new law could be. Hopefully it will be forced to re-think their position as more and more people register their protest against it.
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11 Nov
Islamophobia is so normalised in this society that someone like Owaisi is "counter-radicalising" the people, but Mayawati is representing the oppressed people and giving them a voice. So, the former will always be accused of "vote-cutting" but never the latter.
If you take the example of Bihar elections alone, you will find the ridiculousness and duplicity of this argument.

Check out this thread which examines all the 20 seats contested by AIMIM and whether they hurt MGB anywhere.

Spoiler alert: They didn't!
Now, check out this thread which examines 8 seats contested by BSP where MGB candidate lost to NDA by a margin of less than 10k votes.

This is not even an exhaustive list, but I guess you get the drift.
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16 Oct
1. Liberals are strongly opposed to conservative values in all cultures across the world. But in a culturally diverse society, there exists an added layer to this opposition which is based on misperceptions about the foreign cultures.
2. Liberals from one culture tend to feel more strongly opposed to the conservative values of other cultures because they don't fully understand the social intricacies of the foreign culture. Thus, a part of their opposition arises out of ignorance and a phobia is generated.
3. A phobia implies an irrational, unreasonable aversion towards a culture in this context. Both anti-semitism and islamophobia are examples of this. Essentially, you don't know about a culture but yet you tend to believe the worst about them based on hearsay.
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16 Oct
"Rather than curbing the power of caste, then, economic liberalisation has exacerbated caste differences because it has exacerbated inequality in a society stratified along caste lines."

This is a must-read.…
"It is certainly the case that in liberal democratic societies, the formal equality of individuals serves as a convenient alibi for obscuring collective histories of advantage and disadvantage."
"We see this playing out in evaluations of merit in which the individual is treated as a person with certain innate capacities rather than as a person who has been afforded structural advantages."
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15 Oct
Thappad: 7.5/10
Halal Love Story: 8/10
The Trial of the Chicago 7: 8.5/10
Borat 2: 8/10
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