Arsh’s cool, but time to question Bhajji

Arshdeep knows he dropped a dolly. It was a crunch moment. In a crucial match against Pakistan! Encomiums were not likely to come his way for this costly drop. Mollycoddling is still not a national pastime. India is not yet a ‘woke’ country. We might never become a liberal heaven. He had erred big time….

थाली नहीं मंगाऊंगा, उर्दुवूड को सबक सिखाऊँगा

क्या ज़माना आ गया है, महाकाल से थाली भी नहीं मँगवा सकते ! पंडे-पुजारी विरोध करने लगते हैं, बॉयकाट ट्रेंड होने लगता है । जनमत बहुत कुशल महावत होता है, सरकार आलसी हो या घमंडी, उससे अपनी मनवाना जानता है । पर अभी बात महाकाल की जहां न तो भोजन की कोई व्यवस्था होती है,…

The True Horrors of the Partition & the False Narratives in Vogue

Partition, in itself, was not a tragedy, rather the only viable solution to the communal problem that infested the subcontinent. Jinnah should not be blamed for insisting on partition, rather should be hailed for his farsightedness in realizing that democracy in Asia would not quite function as it did in the US and the UK,…

I Knew they would get me Someday : Salman Rushdie

I knew they would get me some day. There exist no escape routes. All roads to hell are guarded well by the jihadis. There is no way I could have befuddled this brigade of blind believers, and reached hell in a single piece, without them getting an opportunity to serve their Faith. The fatwa was…

हाय, मैं आहत हो गया ! (कविता)

हाय, मैं आहत हो गया, क्यूँ ली तुमने जम्हाई, क्यूँ मुस्काए मुझको देखकर, क्यूँ पलकें ही झपकाईं, क्यूँ झटका देकर ग्रीवा को, माथे से लटें सरकाईं, हाय, मैं आहत हो गया, तुमको लाज भला नहीं आई ! इतना कम था क्या, जो फिर ले बैठे अंगड़ाई, ऊंचे हाथ खेञ्च कर पीछे, पृष्ठ बढ़ा अल्हड़ता से…

कोई बड़ी बात नहीं है

चार बच्चों का बाप होकर बढ़ती जनसंख्या का रोना रोना कोई बड़ी बात नहीं है । केवल अपने आप को भरमाना भर है कि बच्चे भले आपके हों, पर आप उनके बाप नहीं भी हो सकते हैं । खासकर तब जबकि आप संसद परिसर में उपस्थित हों । चाहिए थोड़ा-सी कल्पना शक्ति, और बेहिचक दोगलापन…

साहेब के चार शेर

अब तक ये चार शेर गांधीवादी थे । थोड़े दबे-सहमे हुए, झुके-झुके से- शीतल और सौम्य । गुर्राना तो दूर, जनता की मांग पर कभी-कभी मिमिया भी देते थे । ऐसा नहीं है कि उनकी आक्रामकता पूर्णतया मिट गयी थी- घुसलखाने और शयन कक्ष में उनके ब्रह्मचर्य प्रयोग अनवरत चला करते थे । पर जनता…

Dharmaveer : The Anand Dighe Biopic that foretold the current Revolt

Dharmaveer: Mukkam Post Thane (available on Zee5), the Marathi biopic of the Shiv Sena strongman, Anand Dighe, was released in May 2022. Aside from presenting Dighe (who passed away in 2001) and the Thane Shiv Sena unit as virtually autonomous, the film also strongly made the point that the party had grown powerful only by…

समाचार पत्रों में अंतर्निहित हास्य

समाचार पत्रों को पलटिये, वे सामान्य जीवन और आम आदमी को सदैव ट्रोल करते मिलेंगे । वे सही मायनों में हास्य का पुलिंदा हैं । वैसे राजनीति और अपराध, जो अखबारों के दो प्रमुख स्तम्भ हैं, उनसे जुड़ी खबरों में हास्य, व्यंग्य, कटाक्ष, लांछन, उलाहने, तमाशा और निर्लज्जता अंतर्निहित हैं । इस कारण अधिकांश शीर्षकों…

Is this the Promised Free Speech? (Poem)

My tongue is wrapped around a prickly pole, Is this the Free Speech the Framers promised? Look up, there must be some law to book me, I know I can’t get away if you wish to put me behind bars, locked up for good. Someone gets offended every single time I speak on matters, temporal…

My Experiments with Brahmcharya – An Exercise in Narcissism

Not everyone slept with the Great Soul with their express consent. The wife of his nephew was told to go near him and help out with his experiments. She was sixteen, recently married and disinclined to take off her clothes in the company of the revered septuagenarian. She was nudged to oblige on the pretext…

The Worldview of Naseeruddin Shah- Us Vs. Them is all that He Espouses

Naseeruddin rants and raves for a good half hour against Hindu bigotry and the Right-wing hatred, then softly concedes that neither he, nor anyone in his family, has personally been harmed or hurt in any way by the so-called Hindu bigots in any manner. This is a telling confession- clearly then, his worldview where ‘Islam…