What about that time when I told my buddies about that ‘hot’ girl? Or when I saw some other guy say the same thing to me, perhaps throwing in a few cruder adjectives? Why didn’t I stop myself, and him, remembering that such statements are a disgrace to human dignity? Shame on me. What about …

An assessment on how the archaic stance on criminalisation of drugs has shot you, me and itself in the foot for decades now.   “I’m gonna smoke de ganja until I go blind,” sang Bob Marley, “You know I smoke de ganja all a de time.” Millions across the world who share the same devotion …

    It would take little effort and a pinch of attention to observe that we live in vastly unequal times. Society, it is argued, has always been this way. Centuries prior, the balance between the sexes rusted into a mannish tilt; it has now hardened into a fact – one that barely invites notice. …

  The legal legacy of free speech and expression is a prolific site to assess a nation’s democratic reality with its constitutional imagination. In present times, where forms or criticism, protest or dissent are dubbed as “anti-national”, seditious or offensive – where censorship and suppression tend towards the norm rather than the exception – such …

The crowd at Marina Beach, incensed and in plenty, is indeed an overwhelming sight. The mind falls quiet and is found staring at a tremendous moment in history. On November 26, 1949, a gathering of the tallest individuals of that age assembled, with great solemnity, to adopt the Constitution of India. Years of treachery and …

I fail to recall a numbness as halting as this. A roster of the tallest icons of this age have risen and lapsed in my lifetime. Yet, as the sun sank to the cries of the barrel this evening, one could sense that it marked not the end of the day, but the closing of …

T.M. Krishna, Carnatic Musician December 2004: I was back home from boarding school for my first winter-break and Chennai was humming to an extraordinary rhythm. We were two weeks into ‘Margazhi Maasam’ and connoisseurs and the curious from across the world assembled to celebrate and cherish Carnatic music. The city’s pulse at this time is …

I had no clue who Burhan Wani was the day the noise broke out. The news was still fresh and I switched on the television to gather what was going on. The screen was split in two: a young man, about my age, was bearing a lethal weapon, grinning gleefully with his equally-armed comrades; the …

Image Courtesy: Musee des Beaux-Arts (Lyon, France) Colonialism, as we’ve understood it, was the domination of the ‘weaker’ by the ‘superior’. The aggressor panned out and descended on the aggrieved — a forceful takeover, one that was predominantly geographical. In today’s Brexit referendum, the world witnessed a new avatar of the colonial urge — one that …

This piece was written to mark the 376th ‘Madras Day’. 22nd August 2015: Madras Day One’s youth is a deeply formative period. Its climax is an entry into the ‘real world’ (whatever that means). As I enter this strange new place, I’m looking into myself, carefully, to develop an understanding. In the wilderness of creation, an …