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    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 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 …

On the (Sunday) morning of October 19, 2014, along with many of my colleagues, I reached a largish hotel room in Delhi. The room had been converted into a fully functional back-end support for a live TV show that was to air in less than 3 hours. I heard my name being called and walked …

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 …

Questions on capital punishment: “Subtle and sure is the eternal warning that should such questions be ignored by the era it speaks to, time will find its own way of considering them. The answers that come thereof may not bode well for a modern, Constitutional nation-state”   Stroke after swipe, one after another, a chisel …

    “Today India recovers her soul after centuries of serfdom and resumes her ancient name”, enthused an editorial in the Hindustan Times on the 26th of January 1950. “Hail our sovereign republic… A day of fulfilment… Good wishes from far and near… Rejoicings all over.” 66 successful years as a republic, we have much …

With the sun tucking itself beneath the six o’clock sky, voting machines across 41 of the 543 parliamentary constituencies received their final intimations. Chimes from theSandhya Aarti at the Kashi Vishwananth mandir mingled with the Azaan from the Alamgiri masjid in the warm and wearied air of Varanasi. The largest democratic exercise on earth has finally come to …