The Weekend Specials

TV Shows & Starters Happy Valley (Season 1 & 2) In this so-called Golden Age of television, crime dramas are aplenty; switch the channel and there’s a good chance that you will find yourself in the midst of guns, gore & blood. Happy Valley is no different – but it is so much more than…

The Case Against The Jury  

You don’t have to have legal associations, be black or even been born to know about the OJ Simpson murder trial, arguably the most famous legal trial of all time and an indelible part of modern folklore. The case received unprecedented media coverage – right from the car chase to the actual trial itself. The…

Our Collective Conscience

Rohith Vemula, one of the five Dalit PhD Research Scholars suspended by the University of Hyderabad (UOH) under circumstances that can be best described as reeking of casteist authoritarianism, committed suicide day before yesterday. His suicide note contains these heartbreaking lines “My birth is my fatal accident. I can never recover from my childhood loneliness….

Gorkhaland and the Curse of Political Invisibility

I have the first thirty seconds of introduction to a new person, more often than not, well-rehearsed by now. I pronounce my name the way it was intended, receive a blank look, smile and say “Call me Molly.” They ask, “Are you from Kolkata?” “No,” I say, “I’m from Siliguri,” *wait for three seconds* “……

Retain, Not Detain

In the process of redesigning the national education policy in India, the question of whether the No-Detention Policy (NDP) should be revoked is also being debated. According to the NDP, first given in 2009 under the Right to Education Act, no student can be asked to repeat a grade until the 8th grade. I am…

On Cows and Patriarchy

“Boys will be boys”- this line of reason (or the lack of it), has rattled the nerve of sane people all over the world. From the most gruesome rapes to daily instances of sexual harassment, all is excused through this rather preposterous explanation. The implicit rationale behind this is that there is nothing that can…

To Pee Or Not To Pee

My friend and I had just finished exchanging banalities in an overpriced, overhyped Hauz Khas Village restaurant when a random woman walked up to us. It was obvious that she was promoting something. She introduced herself as someone working on women empowerment, causing tears to well up in my eyes. You see the term women…

What Facebook’s Campaign for Internet.org is Not Telling You

I’d like to address a misleading petition being carried by change.org, curiously, perhaps tactically, invoking the hashtags ‘connectindia’ and ‘connecttheworld’, but estranging the campaign header from the infamous ‘Internet.org’ initiative, currently under fire in India’s public sphere. The campaign simply makes the case for closing the digital divide and empowering the digital have-nots towards universal…

WARNING: This Article May Offend You

Walter White, the iconic anti–hero of Breaking Bad, is most famous for one particular line: “Say my name.” It was this astonishing display of arrogance and vanity that served as one of the major checkpoints in White’s transformation from an average Joe to crime kingpin Heisenberg. One could be forgiven for drawing parallels between his…