British PM David Cameron’s statement last month at Jallianwala Bagh describing the massacre as a “deeply shameful event” re-registered a fact blanked out in British history, writes Indrajit Hazra.
Those against Bangladesh turning into a ‘Pakistan’ must drive home the fact that staying secular isn’t being anti-religious, writes Indrajit Hazra
For reasons that have to do with my upbringing, I’ve always found the annual budget to be an overrated exercise. Is the annual budget, especially the ritual of the finance minister addressing Parliament, so exciting? Indrajit Hazra
I’ve often fantasised about people speaking one language in India — not one language in the metaphorical sense of ‘peace’ or ‘cricket’ or ‘Hindi movies’ but in the literal sense of a single language that everyone speaks. Indrajit Hazra writes.
I don’t know what demonic fifficry has made the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decide to drop wrestling from the Olympic Games. But let’s just say if the Olympic Games was an Islamic country, wrestling has just become The Satanic Verses. Indrajit Hazra
I've been a Zeenat Aman well-wisher since I first saw her face on the Yaadon Ki Baaraat LP I had received as a gift on my fourth birthday - when Zeenat was 24 and two years after the film had been released. Indrajit Hazra
I trolleyed my way out of the Kolkata airport on Wednesday, I heard a series of uninterrupted dog-like snarls mixed with sounds of human quarreling and a high-pitched moan. Indrajit Hazra
Even as most displays of public rage end up as heavy fumes easily dispelled by opening the windows or letting new fumes take over, it is important to show anger. For that is how people may be able to take you seriously. Indrajit Hazra writes.
Am I the only one here who finds it exceedingly odd that so few of us men have raped women? How on earth, you may say, can I believe that so few of us have engaged in sexual violence against women? Indrajit Hazra
Paintball is serious business. But wearing camouflaged overalls, a Darth Vader mask and a pretend-kevlar body armour, I found it very, very easy to forget the ‘simulated’ bit, writes Indrajit Hazra
The horror that one human can unleash on another is sometimes impossible to gauge. The usual tools of measurement - descriptions, statistics, comparisons, reactions - fail. Indrajit Hazra
It’s a bummer when you make an effort in the name of professionalism and write something that no one will read. But being a pessimist has its advantages. If the world hasn’t ended by the time you read this, I’ll be prepared for the disappointment, Indrajit Hazra
In sports, you don’t quit when you’re down. You wait for the game to be over and then take it on your chin. Indrajit Hazra
Apple's rupee-price iTunes store opened shop earlier this month. It's more than just music to the ears. Indrajit Hazra writes.
There’s no little irony in the fact that for many youngsters in India since the 1960s, any introduction to Ravi Shankar has been through western pop-rock music.