HindustanTimes Thu,25 Dec 2014

Manu Joseph

A tale of two Right wings

Hindu extremism is benign — unlike Islamic extremism — because it does not have a reason to be more potent than it already is, writes Manu Joseph.

Is seeking pride from history a response to shame?

The Indian quest for national pride is meaningless. Sometimes comical as was evident from its hosting of the C’wealth Games. But, usually destructive, writes Manu Joseph.

Kejriwal in the running, but can 'Mufflerman' fly?

Unlike other good men of the republic, Arvind Kejriwal has the gift of cunning. He cannot be underestimated, not in Delhi. He may not return to his old glory soon, he may not fly anymore, but he surely can run, writes Manu Joseph.

Cult of godmen: Rising faith in the unreasonable

Across most of the world, religion is becoming more powerful than ever. But people want more and are thus being drawn to all sorts of cults, writes Manu Joseph.

The good, bad, trivial of Facebook as news editor

It is inevitable that in the future high-quality journalism will not remain free. Great journalism then will become niche and expensive, and very rarely found on Newsfeed, writes Manu Joseph.

Autobiography on the way: What has Sachin Tendulkar written?

Throughout his career, despite his powers as a preeminent public figure, Tendulkar did not create discreet channels into the media to disseminate news that was favourable to him or that would diminish others, writes Manu Joseph.

Allowing Haider: When the state is more mature than the liberals

Vishal Bhardwaj's Haider shows a Kashmir where India is an illegal occupier. It shows soldiers torturing terror suspects. It is unprecedented for a mainstream film to show this. That the State cleared Haider for public viewing is extraordinary, writes Manu Joseph.

The rights of a cannibal: Surendra Koli and the Nithari case

In the way of legally substantial evidence, the police have nothing more than what Koli has admitted. His confession is disturbing, not only for its content, but also the fact that every crime is identical, the disposals of the victim’s remains, too, are identical.

'Let’s talk about the literary referees'

A battle that is underway in the United States is between a self-serving retailer that wants to sell books very cheap and a self-serving publisher that wants the freedom to decide the price of its own books, writes Manu Joseph.

Activism and the gift of delusion

Astory in The New Yorker magazine by Michael Specter on the acts and claims of Vandana Shiva, the curse of genetically modified organisms, begins as a tribute, proceeds to imply that she is a quack, and finally arrives at what is in the core of some highly influential activists.

Guardians of the Galaxy marks the advent of rogue superheroes

An outlaw, a green assassin, a tattooed wrestler, a raccoon and a tree set out to steal a decorated orb but end up forming an improbable fellowship of superheroes in the exquisite film, Guardians of the Galaxy, which is set in alien worlds.

Gaza attack: The outrage of the beautiful people

A violent conflict presents those who are far away, who have no stake in the war, with the facile opportunity to exhibit their righteous indignation on behalf of the underdog, or to display their cold reasoning by choosing the side of the dominant force. Manu Joseph writes.

The Definition of a Female Athlete

They are not saying she is a man. Also, there is the fact that she is not a man. But the Sports Authority of India, after conducting medical tests on the eighteen-year-old sprinter, has announced that she is “not fit for participation in a female event”.

The filmmaker and the politician: what RGV can tell about Kejriwal

People with great instincts begin their lives wading through the cesspool of opinions and as they begin to succeed against all odds, they find it hard to respect the collective wisdom of the world, writes Manu Joseph.

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