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May 18 5 tweets 2 min read
The strangest thing about our so called ‘sophisticates’ is, they will accept any irrational argument,archaic tradition, condone obscurantism, as long as it is not Hindu.
Generations of trying to be someone else does have its consequences.

Wouldn’t wish this self hate on anyone. One has only to speak to the ordinary Indian to understand deep faith, belief and confidence so lacking in his ‘arrived’ compatriot who, as I wrote in my blog - Fear That Ignites A Furnace…
Apr 30 4 tweets 1 min read
Not long ago, India was looked at as a country with millions of faceless, unwashed masses represented & spoken for by a minuscule English speaking population.

These mere statistics were expected to turn up on Election Day, vote for whomsoever they were instructed to do so before they crept back forgotten once again into their dusty, dirty hovels bereft of even the most basic amenities.

Today with an Aadhaar Card, bank account, a Covid 19 Vaccination Certificate to boot, the digitally savvy millions suddenly have an identity & a face.
Apr 19 5 tweets 2 min read
This ‘Vishwa guru’ taunt exposes such a pathetic inferiority complex.
A desperate desire of a certain segment of our educated elite to remain lackeys in perpetuity.

We didn’t dare. How dare you? And what exactly does handling of riots & punishing those who destroy public property got to do with being a Vishwa Guru?

Do Americans mock their American Dream even though it suffers a horrific drug culture, shameful racism & gun violence?
Apr 17 4 tweets 1 min read
Khargone
Himmat Nagar
Kolar
Khambat
Kolar…

This👇🏼 This👇🏼
Apr 16 9 tweets 3 min read
In thick of the night there was a knock on #KunalMerchant door. Masked men grabbed & pushed him into a dark tinted van & took him away to an undisclosed location!

His family & friends are desperately running from pillar to post trying to find out his whereabouts but to no avail As we know in New India people just disappear when they voice their opinion against our fascist authoritarian govt & when you speak Truth to Power you are ded, ded, ded!

Here is Merchant’s very powerful letter on social media platforms that shook the very edifice of
Apr 7 8 tweets 2 min read
So today I learnt Shias make the call for Azan a couple of minutes later than Sunni mosques & that is why we have recently begun to hear the call for prayer 10 times a day in our locality. Now of course with Ramzan, we have a special hooter that goes off at 4.42 am & 6.40 pm - 2mins before the actual call…

With 3 Sunni mosques & 1 recent Shia mosque in the vicinity we are subjected to 365x10 Azans… each one competing to be louder.
Mar 21 7 tweets 2 min read
Some minor distractions on the political landscape-

Rahul Gandhi had seen the benefits of his mother’s clever strategy of ruling by proxy that he probably thought he’d be able to do the same when he resigned as Congress President. But then Rahul not being his Mummy, couldn’t stop talking & putting his foot in his mouth. It is after all an art, to cultivate that Sphinx-like silence & deflect all criticism.

And Mummy, well Mummy isn’t quite AP…
Mar 17 8 tweets 2 min read
#TheKashmirFiles

#Musings
For one Aqlaq, Junaid, Pehlu Khan, Asifa, a billion Hindus were branded violent, intolerant & expected to hang their heads in shame even before investigations were complete. But for driving out an entire ethnic group from a State give or take a few hundred as is being guilt-negotiated lately, killing, raping, murdering, stealing or destroying their property, our Leftist-Islamists have not for a moment expressed regret for or even acknowledged
Mar 10 9 tweets 2 min read
#ElectionResults2022 UP.
Goes to show, people appreciate & amply reward vision, hard work, delivery.

The lexicon of politics in the heartland has changed forever. A tough act for other parties to follow-corrupt to the core, bereft of new ideas,left to embarrassing theatrics, desperate appeasement.
Feb 20 7 tweets 3 min read
It was around 2001-02
I first heard the name #YogiAdityanath.

It was before the time our workers had their own cellphones & so would occasionally come in the office to make a call.

One particular afternoon I could hear the distraught voice of a young carpenter in the next room & then the phone being repeatedly dialled by an office staff member.

He was trying to get through to a PCO where the carpenter’s parents were waiting.

His mother’s wails & his father’s trembling voice resonated in that office cabin as they broke the news to him that
Feb 14 4 tweets 2 min read
Look around you.

The once-invincible citadels are crumbling.
People who thrived & prospered behind those thick, impregnable walls seem nervous.
Almost fearful that the boundaries they had carved, the exclusive clubs they had maintained, will now be overrun by different ideas, thoughts, ideologies…

With little or no infusion of new blood in our arts,
literature, history, education, culture, publishing, films, politics have been reduced to mediocrity. Manned by zealous gatekeepers drunk on power & arrogance.
Jan 29 9 tweets 2 min read
Imagine spending every waking moment cursing the land of your birth, taunting faith & culture of the people who live here..
All the while deluding oneself to be the progeny of the sword wielding, stallion riding vanquishers from the Arabee who once ruled over Hindoostan. Only ….
to have that horse brought to a skidding halt….!
Then insult to injury -
to be actually told to go back to what one was in denial of & running away from, in the first place.

Oops! no stallion, no sand storm, no Arabian Nights in this story dear Scheherazade of #WaPo
Jan 26 7 tweets 2 min read
Out of the twelve schools I went through the 60s-70s, seven were missionary schools. Like others I went to school in the day & returned home to the safety, warmth & comfort of my family in the evenings. Besides academics, I enjoyed the extra curricular activities these schools offered - in theatre, elocution, debate, music & sports.
I have many fond memories of those schools & some teachers left an lasting impression & lessons that serve me well to date.
Jan 21 10 tweets 3 min read
From my father’s various postings across India we always returned to spend at least a part of his annual leave at my grandparents home in Delhi, which in those days, was walking distance from India Gate. To go after dinner with the extended family to the India Gate lawns, enjoy an icecream & buy a gas balloon was a treat I remember well.

George V’s statue oversaw the entire area & could be seen from every direction.
Jan 8 8 tweets 2 min read
Imagine what has been interrupted. 
Imagine what has been disrupted. 
That the entire eco-system has no hesitation to set fire to this country, go to any length to divide it, because they believe they’ve been deprived of what is rightfully theirs & held once, so firmly. The question arises again & again-
What exactly is at stake for them? 
What exactly is the deal & with whom ?

Did they really believe that their position was so secure, with people eating out of their hands that they would continue to hold on infinitely in a democracy?
Jan 5 8 tweets 2 min read
The Anatomy Of An Indian Liberal #CrowdFunding
👇🏼 Class - Privileged
First Language - English
Religious Denomination - Atheist (in other words, Anti Hindu)
Ideology - Liberal. Leftist. Feminist.

Personal Statement - Crush Brahminical Patriarchy.
Hijab is a matter of choice.
Dec 2, 2021 12 tweets 3 min read
Lately, there has been a lot of talk on Social Media on those who left, on those who wish to leave, but little on those who are considering a return… When some of our friends & family left to make a life overseas through the 70s-90s - a time of acute shortages & that License Raj which broke the spirit of entrepreneurship - we didn’t, because if truth be told, we hadn’t in hand the right opportunity to take the plunge.
Nov 6, 2021 8 tweets 3 min read
A certain breed of Indian will invent stories so that he doesn’t have to see his history as it was.

“Arabs helped defend Somnath”

Yeah right!

Just as Rana Safi’s Qutub-ud-din Aibak ‘rearranged’ Jain temples to construct the Qutub Minar.
Then there is a breed who gladly removes his own langot to cover up the ugliness of our colonial past only to reveal a sorry appendage of perhaps collaborator forefathers or worse,a hangdog appeal to Old Masters for a pat on the head. Good boy ! Go fetch.
Nov 5, 2021 9 tweets 3 min read
Every cracker in the NCR had a message that echoed through the country !
#Diwali2021

How did the State administrations & Courts, eager in their almost evangelical zeal, conclude that a cracker ban on Diwali was the solution to our pollution problems? Is it that they don’t understand the problem at all?

Or is that they have no idea how to handle it?

Or was it simply a case of taking for granted a compliant community because all else has failed?
Nov 1, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Even in the best of times the Indian schooling system is not remotely sensitive to a child’s needs, education or it’s aspirations.
Perhaps that one odd exceptional teacher could brighten a schooling experience but by & large the system is one of rote & elimination not education To now sensitise these very educationists who if one may say, find it a challenge to handle even the conventional two genders to
“aspects of gender diversity keeping gender-nonconforming and transgender children at centre stage.” would be simply an exercise on paper,
Oct 27, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
~Imagine if our city had announced that this year for Diwali they wanted you & your family to come onto your threshold, balcony, terrace or garden to enjoy a fireworks display – soundless & green whatever that means between 8-9 pm in celebration of Diwali. There would have been no mention of an insulting ban, no smug reproach but only a very novel, enticing offer. 
Yes, my children would have burst their sparklers, anaar, chakris after our Puja and yes with our diyas lit, our mithai exchanged wouldn’t we have for that one hour