Manu Joseph

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

IPL in the times of drought: India’s tale of many miseries

If an active cricket ground exists, it would be watered on most days of a year, or it would die. So why this fuss before the tournament?

This is a mystifying exaggeration — the suggestion that if matches are held in cricket grounds in Maharashtra the lives of farmers would be at risk. But it is a popular view.(Representative photo)
This is a mystifying exaggeration — the suggestion that if matches are held in cricket grounds in Maharashtra the lives of farmers would be at risk. But it is a popular view.(Representative photo)
Updated on Apr 11, 2016 07:42 PM IST

Arvind Kejriwal, India’s most defamed man

That the Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party leader is an anarchist and keeps his supporters in an illusory magnetic field is a successful myth.

Delhi's chief minister Arvind Kejriwal takes part in a protest, New Delhi(Reuters Photo)
Delhi's chief minister Arvind Kejriwal takes part in a protest, New Delhi(Reuters Photo)
Updated on Apr 04, 2016 10:49 AM IST

India is more nationalistic than Bharat Mata

Urban Indian nationalism has evolved into something more complex and broader than the Sangh’s narrow provincial view.

Urban Indian nationalism has evolved into something more complex and broader than the Sangh’s narrow provincial view.(Reuters Photo)
Urban Indian nationalism has evolved into something more complex and broader than the Sangh’s narrow provincial view.(Reuters Photo)
Updated on Mar 20, 2016 08:57 PM IST

Introducing a New Joke: ‘Anti-National’

For several months BJP politicians described anti-sangh feelings as ‘anti-national’. But the events in JNU led to the trivialisation of a stigma

When Kanhaiya Kumar was released, he gave a speech in JNU. Never before has such a widely broadcast and disseminated speech, delivered in an Indian language, converted old notions of patriotism into jokes(REUTERS)
When Kanhaiya Kumar was released, he gave a speech in JNU. Never before has such a widely broadcast and disseminated speech, delivered in an Indian language, converted old notions of patriotism into jokes(REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 14, 2016 12:54 AM IST

Kanhaiya Kumar’s message was in the delivery

In the masquerade of an underdog Kanhaiya Kumar lampooned the Sangh, and even as he did that he framed nationalism as subordinate to welfare

Apart from sports, the only system in India where an impoverished young India has a chance of faring well is the political system(Sanjeev Verma/ HT Photo)
Apart from sports, the only system in India where an impoverished young India has a chance of faring well is the political system(Sanjeev Verma/ HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 06, 2016 09:16 PM IST

The art of reading science like a poem

To deny ourselves the languages that help us understand great moments in science is like denying ourselves the ability to understand great works of art

An artist's rendering of an outburst on an ultra-magnetic neutron star, also called a magnetar is shown in this(REUTERS)
An artist's rendering of an outburst on an ultra-magnetic neutron star, also called a magnetar is shown in this(REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 15, 2016 01:35 AM IST

The golden age of victimhood

Barring impoverished tribal women, every group in the pyramid of Indian life is an oppressor or a potential oppressor. But they are also victims.

Across most major cities of the world the very rich have made prime real estate unaffordable to the moderately rich. In some places the very rich are displacing the mere millionaires. This holds good for South Mumbai too.(REUTERS)
Across most major cities of the world the very rich have made prime real estate unaffordable to the moderately rich. In some places the very rich are displacing the mere millionaires. This holds good for South Mumbai too.(REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 07, 2016 11:21 PM IST

Depression or oppression: What led to Rohith Vemula’s suicide?

Did clinical depression kill Rohith Vemula or did a cultural cartel? There are reasons why ‘both’ does not make for a robust answer

The living are seldom believed when they explain themselves, but the dying are in their final hour. But Rohith Vemula’s final letter has been ignored by those who are most moved by his death(PTI)
The living are seldom believed when they explain themselves, but the dying are in their final hour. But Rohith Vemula’s final letter has been ignored by those who are most moved by his death(PTI)
Updated on Jan 25, 2016 08:39 AM IST

India is a paradise for the offended and the offending

If India is a paradise for those who take offence, it means it is a paradise for the artists who wish to offend.

Comedian Kiku Sharda was arrested for a TV show in which he is accused of resembling Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and making him look silly.(HT Photo)
Comedian Kiku Sharda was arrested for a TV show in which he is accused of resembling Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and making him look silly.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 18, 2016 07:52 AM IST

Incredible India should turn its attention to wealthy Indians

The affluent Indian, too, has matured as a tourist. Maybe the Incredible India campaign should turn its attention from wealthy foreigners to wealthy Indians.

India attracts less than 1% of global foreign tourists and extracts less than 2% of the global foreign tourist expenditure.(Deepak Sharma/HT File Photo)
India attracts less than 1% of global foreign tourists and extracts less than 2% of the global foreign tourist expenditure.(Deepak Sharma/HT File Photo)
Updated on Jan 11, 2016 01:14 AM IST

Net neutrality war: Fought by elite minority for ignorant majority

If India’s poor understood what they are being denied by India’s Internet activists, they would hit the streets and bring the nation to a halt.

If India’s poor understood what they are being denied by India’s Internet activists, they would hit the streets and bring the nation to a halt.(AFP)
If India’s poor understood what they are being denied by India’s Internet activists, they would hit the streets and bring the nation to a halt.(AFP)
Updated on Jan 04, 2016 02:19 AM IST

Unhappiness, though dreaded, can make us do marvellous things

Science does not understand happiness well enough to define it. It is abstract and its meaning changes between the sexes and age groups.

If happiness is an individualist pursuit, and it does appear to be so, what does such a pursuit say about us as members of the many tribes we belong to? Is a collective pursuit of happiness even possible?(IStock Photo)
If happiness is an individualist pursuit, and it does appear to be so, what does such a pursuit say about us as members of the many tribes we belong to? Is a collective pursuit of happiness even possible?(IStock Photo)
Updated on Dec 20, 2015 10:25 PM IST

Piketty, Salman and inequality: How success makes us minor hypocrites

Success brings with it some unfair privileges and one has to submit to minor hypocrisies. Isn’t it time we accept hypocrisy as a fundamental right?

Actor Salman Khan was accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding at the time of the incident but last week he was acquitted of all charges by the Bombay high court.(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
Actor Salman Khan was accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding at the time of the incident but last week he was acquitted of all charges by the Bombay high court.(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 14, 2015 08:28 AM IST

Indian youth are finally behaving like homeowners and not tenants

The modern youth are more nationalistic than ever. They are giving India their laments. They are, finally, behaving like homeowners and not tenants

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(AFP File)
Updated on Nov 30, 2015 01:49 AM IST

Debate on growing intolerance: Don’t write off the intellectuals

It would be lame to call it a movement yet, but the writers have created a template that gives space to a variety of disenchanted Indians

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an election rally at Madhubani in Bihar.(HT Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an election rally at Madhubani in Bihar.(HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 02, 2015 01:20 AM IST
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Silicon Valley turning into fertile ground for a revolution

Companies and humans are now vastly unequal and the new billionaires know this is fertile ground for a revolution.

The geek protagonist, Richard (Thomas Middleditch), of the television series, Silicon Valley, says, ‘For thousands of years, guys like us have gotten the shit kicked out of us. But now, for the first time, we’re living in an era when we can be in charge. And build empires...’(Getty Images)
The geek protagonist, Richard (Thomas Middleditch), of the television series, Silicon Valley, says, ‘For thousands of years, guys like us have gotten the shit kicked out of us. But now, for the first time, we’re living in an era when we can be in charge. And build empires...’(Getty Images)
Published on Oct 18, 2015 11:10 PM IST
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Fiction glows in a luxury that is not permitted in journalism

Fiction glows in a luxury that is not permitted in journalism — it can get into a mind and open its doors to genius.

Svetlana Alexievitch poses as she visits a Ukrainian embassy in Minsk. The Byelorussian journalist was the recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature.(AFP Photo)
Svetlana Alexievitch poses as she visits a Ukrainian embassy in Minsk. The Byelorussian journalist was the recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature.(AFP Photo)
Updated on Oct 11, 2015 11:02 PM IST
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Net neutrality debate: it’s Facebook vs the internet mullahs

A lazy, neurotic suspicion of the large corporation is behind the obtuse alarm over Facebook’s Free Basics, writes Manu Joseph

The very strength of the parallel Internet for the poor is that it is corporate strategy. Mark Zuckerberg has tried his best to give it a humanitarian spin, which may not be wholly a lie, but I do hope the venture is not purely altruistic.(REUTERS)
The very strength of the parallel Internet for the poor is that it is corporate strategy. Mark Zuckerberg has tried his best to give it a humanitarian spin, which may not be wholly a lie, but I do hope the venture is not purely altruistic.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 05, 2015 08:58 AM IST
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Indian prenup would probably limit itself to alimony, child custody

Love pampers, it kisses your nape, cleans your ears with earbuds; but marriage informs you of all your flaws.

The fact is, men and women can be and are equally ferocious at the time of separation. To euthanise such relationships the society has been trying ways.(Illustration: Jayanto)
The fact is, men and women can be and are equally ferocious at the time of separation. To euthanise such relationships the society has been trying ways.(Illustration: Jayanto)
Updated on Oct 01, 2015 01:35 PM IST
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If prenuptials came to India

The Indian prenup would probably limit itself to alimony and child custody. Even so it would diminish the feral nature of a new marriage.

Updated on Sep 20, 2015 10:18 PM IST
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Indian prenup would probably limit itself to alimony, child custody

There is something wild, in a medieval way, and poignant about two sane people choosing to be stuck with each other for a whole lifetime or as long as possible.

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Updated on Sep 21, 2015 09:07 AM IST

Mumbai battles between medieval and modern times

The people in the ‘modern city’ are crunched in one place but live in different times, and its rumoured modernity includes its imagined pace writes Manu Joseph

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Updated on Sep 14, 2015 01:15 AM IST
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Cultural homelessness sets us up for journeys into the unknown

Cultural homelessness does impoverish us in some ways, but it also sets us up to make deep journeys into the many unknowns

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Updated on Sep 09, 2015 12:16 PM IST
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Donald Trump, Subramanian Swamy: Right, politically incorrect

People enjoy ludicrous men as they appear to have liberated themselves from the silence imposed by the despots writes Manu Joseph

Political correctness has become despotic and stifling. In Donald Trump (left) and Subramanian Swamy (right) and others of their type, people find an outlet. (Reuters photo)
Political correctness has become despotic and stifling. In Donald Trump (left) and Subramanian Swamy (right) and others of their type, people find an outlet. (Reuters photo)
Updated on Mar 23, 2017 08:08 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Why it is easier for us to hang a man than ban some taxis

Not ribbing you at all my lords of the Supreme Court, just translating your silent wonderment into words, “It’s easier for us to hang a man than ban some taxis”.

Ola has a call centre but Uber is completely web-based. (Mint Photo)
Ola has a call centre but Uber is completely web-based. (Mint Photo)
Updated on Aug 10, 2015 08:05 AM IST

Immortality in a biped cyborg

It is impossible to separate Artificial Intelligence from the hope and fear of a machine achieving singularity or sentience.

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Updated on Aug 07, 2015 02:23 PM IST
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Who murdered Aarushi Talwar? Nobody knows for sure, except CBI

Nobody knows for sure who murdered Aarushi Talwar. Except the CBI, which doesn’t have the evidence to prove its case.

Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. (Rajesh Kumar/File photo)
Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. (Rajesh Kumar/File photo)
Updated on Jul 20, 2015 05:44 PM IST

Family is a cartel, its objective is to overcome the state

A family is a cartel, it has always been so. Its objective is to overcome the State and provide an unfair advantage to its young.

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Updated on Jul 13, 2015 01:42 PM IST

A speech by a wise Greek

For capitalism to survive it must be allowed to fail. The inefficiency of compassion should be allowed to intervene. Varoufakis wants a diminished form of capitalism to survive in Europe.

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Updated on Jul 07, 2015 07:31 AM IST

Magna carta @800: The struggle for freedom or liberty?

The Magna Carta is a reminder of the difference between freedom and liberty. Animals are free, but in a system of humans, total freedom is anarchy.

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Updated on Jun 15, 2015 06:31 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi
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