The alleged comedians of All India Bakchod have tried to explain ‘net neutrality’, and it is charming that they have done so without expressing a desire to fornicate with someone’s mother, or whatever it is that they say in the name of humour
Articles by Manu Joseph
In his new novel, Miss Laila, Armed and Dangerous, Manu Joseph takes a hard look at not just the political class and law enforcement agencies, but also “the good folks”. In this excerpt, Mukundan, an intelligence agent, is on the trail of two terror suspects.
It is rare for people to have an accommodating view of a sudden policy that only has long-term benefits, especially one that has hurt them. But there is observable evidence that the general public is with Modi on this
Democracies will not voluntarily and peacefully cease to be democracies. Once people have tasted rights, especially under the umbrella of a righteous political idea, they would not want to lose them
India’s neo-nationalism is searching for respectable shames and urban air quality is a worthy disgrace. We must not underestimate what nationalism can achieve when it is inspired by shame instead of pride
The Ae Dil Hai Mushkil drama is very similar to what happened in late 2014 to Sony’s The Interview, a film in which two American journalists are assigned to kill the North Korean soft-toy dictator, Kim Jong-un. In both the cases, representatives of the government were wise enough to be embarrassed. They promised protection
The film star will never be eliminated, but the time has come for the industry to accept that one way to survive is to invest in cinema that is not inconvenienced by superstars
The voter is ready to overlook the deviations in a politician as the politician appears to be very street-smart, hence useful in the short term.
There are analyses that explain why the man ended up carrying his wife’s corpse for 12 km, but not on how the family could have been in a better place
There is another danger when suicides become centerpieces of social rebellion. An unspoken understanding comes to be in the society that if people are not killing themselves maybe their suffering is not that great. The overt or covert or sophisticated celebration of suicide diminishes other forms of protest.
Being considered as a venue for the games is no longer prestigious. Several nations consider it a wasteful expenditure
Far worse that the middle class indifference to Dalit issues is the middle class compassion for Dalits which has the qualities of a moral formula
Kashmir’s nationalism was herded by local and Pakistani elites, but it really does not matter now because after a point indoctrination becomes ‘the way things are’
Scientists are finally attempting to take back the reigns of morality from fraudulent and delusional activists whose craft is in manufacturing fear
In The Gene: An Intimate History, which is an immensely enjoyable and persuasive biography of the human gene for lay people, Siddhartha Mukherjee takes on some of the uncomfortable questions
The war against drug requires the full force of commercial cinema, which is what Udta Punjab provides, and it does so entirely because it did not set out to reform, it set out to entertain
The future of all major Indian cities involve public transportation that would bring together, as passenger trains once did, the many layers of society
Religions were invented to suit the interests of the elites. Many of the new moralising religions are in the spectrum of activism
The elite are disgusted by election freebies for the poor. But they are greater beneficiaries of subsidies for the poor than the poor themselves.
Tipping can be a reformist political movement; it may also contribute to the goodwill between the republic of the middle class and that of the poor
Where millions are trapped in the holes of the elite, digging a tunnel to relinquish the dominant culture of the hole has proved profitable for many