Stories Written by
Syed Areesh Ahmad
The Congress must reform or perish
We may dislike the grand old party or detest the Gandhis for a million reasons, but the bitter truth is that the future of the Congress is inextricably intertwined with the future of India as envisioned by our founding fathers.
When all hell broke loose in Delhi
Reports of thousands of people pouring in from Uttar Pradesh from across the border to wreak havoc on Delhi, reports of trucks upon trucks of mob-weaponry like bricks, stones, and iron rods being arranged and stashed well in advance, Kapil Mishra making the infamous incendiary speech at Maujpur, from whence the violence erupted, and now the emergence of extremely disturbing visuals of the police itself breaking CCTV cameras, point to just one incontrovertible fact: Delhi had an orchestrated Gujaratesque moment.
Delhi Elections: BJP Crossing the Rubicon?
Every day, a new chapter unfolds in this theatre of the absurd that electioneering has become in Delhi: from scripted stings to staged firings, the Shaheen Bagh-Jamia protests seem to have become BJP’s star campaigners!
The Great Muslim Awakening and the Death of Fear
In the most forceful way possible, Muslims have Indianized Islam, by taking ownership of the constitution, the flag and the national anthem—not as abstract citizens stripped of their religious moorings, but as a living community enmeshed in faith, and yet proudly nationalist.
Goons run riot in JNU as the police stands its ground
JNU has been a rude reminder to the BJP—ever since it came to power in 2014—that its triumphalist narrative will be challenged and its project of creating a Hindu majoritarian polity will be countered, even if in small pockets of resistance.
Remembering Dilip Kumar on his 97th birthday
Dilip Kumar has always conducted himself with poise, elegance, and honesty—a far cry from the pretence and plastic that rules Bollywood now.
Are public universities under siege?
In some senses, our universities yet remain tiny islands of secular, liberal values in the sea of an increasingly Hinduised body politic; they are bastions of reason against the intoxicating concoction of magic and myth that masquerade as ancient glory.
Why is Delhi University on the verge of collapse?
The siege of the Vice Regal Lodge that began in the noon of 4th December is still on. It will be close to 48 hours now that the brave teachers have maintained their vigil day and night, in the chill of winter, in the VC lodge and outside.
JNU’s cri de coeur
The attack on JNU is an attack on the idea of a public university, an idea forged in the early years of independence when Nehru spoke about the temples of modern India. He had the lofty vision of giving India her new institutions including universities that would serve as centres of knowledge production, where the pursuit of reason would, as he hoped, help the ushering in of “scientific temper” which would become the bedrock of a new national culture. Most pertinently, the making of this new national culture was to be the preserve of all, not just the elite.
The Ayodhya Judgement: Complete justice or a travesty?
What has been seen is the demolition of the mosque by a rampaging mob; the riots that followed in its wake; what is being seen now is the handing over of the title to land by the court to plaintiffs who were directly or indirectly involved in the demolition. If this is how justice is done, then I am afraid what emerges—from the thousand or so pages of the epic judgement—is neither justice, nor truth, but an elaborate pretence of justice.