People and Polity

A blog carrying discussion on democratic structure, economics and social transformations.

They Are Not Us, Yet They Are No Different

A lone mariner of Greece wonders when he sees a new boat at a distance from Lesbos port. He does not think...

Taxation – Beyond Growth and Welfare

State imposes tax. The imposition is systemic. The earnings of capable individuals go to the State’s coffer. In democracies like India, the...

Celebrating Victory in World War II as Indians

War seeds the change. The new rules of the victor, new arrangements in different spheres of life - celebration marks the beginning, and reiterates...

Teachings of Terror and Tenuousness

The eve of the Teachers' Day has been painful this year. It is not due to live telecasts and continual media coverage of Indian politicians donning...

News Media – No Shackles, Yet Not Free

In the morning yesterday, I was browsing through a newspaper from a leading media brand in India. There was a report on...

A Half-disclosure Makes a Half-truth

Indian Army went inside Myanmar to kill a group of terrorists. It was to avenge the killing of our soldiers a few days ago....

Sustainable Development Goals – It’s More than Data

It’s not new. Everyone talks of data while deliberating about or delivering discourses on development. A section of people are paranoid about...

Indian Judiciary Fights Public Perception

In a span of a few days, an indicted politician becomes a Chief Minister. An actor, accused of heinous crime, plans the...

Pulling Punch at a Pantheon of Paid and Prejudiced Parrots

It is almost a stinking pit when you look at a newspaper in India these days. A persistent promotion of specific politics, infinite idiocy...

Abusing National Icons, Not a Good Thing

“Why do we abuse our national icons?” I was wondering while sipping tea in the evening today. I was reading a report...