Category Archives Politics

Saanya Gulati Blog Independence Day

15 August 1947, like most Independence Days, is a celebration of national triumph and pride – the day that India awoke to life and freedom in the famous words of Jawaharlal Nehru. But less often is it associated with the mass violence, abduction, and looting that occurred in one of the largest communal massacres of the 20th century: the India-Pakistan…

Saanya Gulati, What is Love Blog Post

India has a complex relationship with love – a love-hate relationship, if you will, where the balance between love and hate is constantly shifting. Love stories fall in our top-5 obsessions - along with cricket, politics, taking offence, and inventing conspiracy theories. Not only are we home to the Kamasutra, but also the erotic temples of Khajuraho, and iconic love…

Photo Credits: REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

In what seems to be another Delhi taxi-scandal, Uber is yet again being forcibly shut down. While last time the raucous was over a rape incident that raised several concerns about women’s safety, this time it seems to be another endemic problem in India – bureaucracy. Taking the law into its own hands, the Delhi police has prosecuted 158 taxis and…

Earlier this week, social media users stirred up a storm with the discovery that images of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi show up on a search for ‘Top 10 Indian criminals.’ Like most social media storms, it was soon trending on Twitter, with several unrealistic demands for its removal. Eventually, it culminated in an apology from Google, along with…

arvwind-of-change-27_650_122913035812

Valentine's Day has become an eventful occasion in Delhi. This year, the Hindu Mahasabha (council) is spicing things up with forced mass marriages to keep Indian culture ‘intact.’ For Arvind Kejriwal, Valentine's Day marks exactly one year of his resignation as Delhi’s Chief Minister. And this Valentine's Day, he prepares to be sworn-in as the CM of the city, and re-affirm his…

Several media channels have highlighted the atrocious incident at Maharashtra Sadan on 23 July 2014, where 11 Shiv Sena Members of Parliament (MPs) force-fed a Muslim staffer who was observing the fast of Ramadan. The MPs were allegedly protesting the substandard quality of food in Maharashtra Sadan. Arvind Sawant, the Shiv Sena MP from South-Mumbai has even gone on record…

As I eagerly awaited the “Rahul Gandhi’s television interview with Arnab Goswami” yesterday along with several others in the country, I could not help but question the considerable media sensation created around this one political interaction. While it may be justified, given that this is the first time Rahul Gandhi has taken on direct questions from the media after his…

Having lived away for four years, I do not remember the last time I witnessed an election day in India. Sadly, I am not a resident of Delhi, and could not vote. In social media language, this translates to “I could not update my Facebook status to ‘I voted’ or upload a flashy picture of my finger with a black…

Close