A lot of Hindus have a love hate relationship with Islam. On the surface, they hate it and accuse it of destroying India. On the other hand, they secretly admire its intolerant nature and are eager to remake Hinduism in its image. To them, getting offended and threatening others with violence is a sign of strength, not weakness.

Many Hindus Secretly Admire Islam

On the surface, it may seem that the Hindu right dislikes Islam to the core. They talk about how their great past was ruined by invasions, and how Muslims are taking over India etc etc. But the response to the removal of Wendy Doniger's book suddenly … [Continue reading]

If you have to resort to banning a book, you've already lost. If you're the kind of person who wants to shut down someone else's freedom of expression, then Tom and Jerry cartoons are the only safe medium for you.

If you Can’t Tolerate Books, Stick to Nursery Rhymes

Book burning is alive and well...in India. If not burned, then shredded and pulped. This ghastly imagery comes courtesy of hindu right wing groups unable to tolerate Wendy Doniger's 'The Hindus: An Alternative History'. Ironically, the organization … [Continue reading]

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Isn’t it Time we Got Rid of Our Traditions?

Anupa and I were watching "The Butler" last week. The opening scene where a white foreman at a cotton plantation casually destroys the life of a young black worker by raping his mother and murdering his father in cold blood (in that order), made me … [Continue reading]

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Do People Still Care about Caste?

This is an honest question - do people still care about caste in today's world? A person I know was asked about their caste recently from an otherwise well educated, "progressive" seeming person. The question came out of the blue from nowhere! … [Continue reading]

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“He Lost Control” – Why that’s a Bullshit Excuse

Underlying most of the victim blaming that goes on when a woman is assaulted, is a scary and rather offensive assumption. That men "can't control themselves". Apparently not a tiny number of people think that we are these slavering, foaming at the … [Continue reading]

I do NOT live in a country whose Constitution allows for discrimination against people based on their sexual preference. That Constitution is defended by the Supreme Court to protect and to strike down laws that are unconstitutional. The SC is failing to do its JOB by letting illegal laws stand and by passing the buck to the legislature.

Dear SC – We Want you to do your JOB!

How easy it is to lose faith in an institution you respected. When it comes to finding Section 377 unconstitutional, it's one whammy after another. After the Indian Supreme Court failed abysmally in its duty of protecting the fundamental rights of … [Continue reading]

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Hindi Movies – Do Women WANT to be Hounded?

Anupa was watching a movie called Vicky Donor on her laptop the other day and was telling me how the hero "gets" the girl. First she finds him irritating, but he continues to stalk her, force himself on her and make her feel uncomfortable. They … [Continue reading]

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Stop Talking about “Africans” – Racism is Disgusting

What is racism you ask? When Somnath Bharti says "Nigerian girls and men all indulge in prostitution and drug trafficking", it's racism. When people refer to "Africans" and what "they" do, it's racism. It doesn't just end with race or nationality. … [Continue reading]

It's foolish to think that Section 377 will only be used against homosexuals. This law affects EVERYONE. The chargesheet against Asaram for example includes

Section 377 Affects You Too – Asaram Charged with “Oral Sex”

There's a glaring hole in the arguments around Section 377. Everyone is so focused on whether homosexuality is "unnatural" and is "destroying Indian culture" that they're missing the wood for the trees. Section 377 affects us all - both gay people … [Continue reading]

We are prisoners in our own minds. Science hasn't been kind to free will. All the evidence points to our brains being machines governed by the laws of nature and we're just along for the ride. Despite this, the illusion of free will is very strong...and probably necessary

There’s No Free Will – But why the Resistance?

It's increasingly clear that "free will" as traditionally understood is an illusion. There are conflicting definitions of what free will means but for most, it's in the context of freedom from natural laws. In other words the popular notion of … [Continue reading]