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Reverse Swing: Agnivesh (1939-2020) - he who was clad in robes of fire
Agnivesh epitomized the best practices of amplifying the public sphere through his personal courage and commitment. His is an irreplaceable loss.
Reverse Swing: The perils of demonizing darkness
‘They are fools’, said French philosopher Voltaire, ‘who light a candle to see the sun’. What does one say about those who light a candle to scare away the coronavirus?
Reverse Swing: The new global untouchability virus
It is impossible to be selfish or crudely nationalist in this situation. It has to lead to the rapid realization that we all breathe the same oxygen and come in contact with the same viruses on this globe. Attempts to think in terms of just ‘my country’ or ‘my state’ or ‘my district’ can turn out to be monstrous blunders.
Reverse Swing: Artistic production in the era of institutional cop-outs
The sudden love of the Centre for museums and galleries, in the absence of any attempt at evolving a well-thought-out ‘policy’ on the matter of cultural institutions, reeks of cunning instrumentalism seeking to transform these museums into agencies of chest-thumping propaganda.
Reverse Swing: Ramakant Gundecha – Breath As Music
In what was an emotional moment for fans of the renowned Dhrupad maestros, the Gundecha Bandhu, the late Ramakant’s place on stage was filled by his twenty-five-year-old son, Anant at a concert in Chennai last week.
Reverse Swing: The Many Uses of Gandhi
As a mandatory icon, his portrait hangs in government offices, courts, buses, police stations, universities. As a pop icon, he manifests in various avatars on calendars fluttering in the breeze in millions of homes, restaurants, shops. Every city and town in the country has roads and buildings and localities named after him, with statues and sculptures of various kinds at prominent junctions.
Reverse Swing: Proof of the Pudding is in the Grocer’s Bill
In the big bad world of cunning men with their terrible striving, you live there where you have the papers thereof.
Reverse Swing: Revenge as the New Rasa
‘Nirbhaya’s rapists are heading for the gallows, and sections of society claim that this ‘eye-for-an-eye’ reprisal satisfies the ‘collective conscience of its society’ and provides emotional closure to a pent up sense of injury to the victim’s kin as well as to the masses in general. Some thoughts on revenge.
Reverse Swing: Normal Kashmir, Abnormal India
We are encountering unprecedented levels of abnormality in India.