Anti-Intellectualism in American & Indian Life | Ramachandra Guha

The parallels with contemporary India are striking. Narendra Modi’s victory in 2014 has emboldened the Hindutva core to launch a full-fledged attack on independent-minded scholars and writers. Their language is far more crude than the Republicans of 1950s America; but the essence of their characterization, or dismissal, is the same. Instead of ‘pretentious, conceited, effeminate, and snobbish’ they use ‘libtard, Aaptard, sickular, 10 Janpath bootlicker, toadie of the Italian waitress’, etc. Continue reading Anti-Intellectualism in American & Indian Life | Ramachandra Guha

Slavery in India: No Road to Freedom | Swagat Baruah

We must not hold onto vacuous optimism for there is nothing to be optimistic about. We must not rest our hopes in our future for it cannot exist without us mending our ways and we must not delegate this task unto the posterity for the history of caste system tells us that it existed as a norm in the past, spun out as an abnormality in the recent past and is now still a complete norm.  Continue reading Slavery in India: No Road to Freedom | Swagat Baruah

Total Football Philosophy and the AFC Ajax of 1970s (Part 1) | Shantanu Singh

Elsewhere and some 15 years before the final, Willy Meisl, a football writer, had written a book called the Soccer Revolution. Quite the football futurist’s letter to the world, he had argued through the book that the modern game would be a spectacle where the defenders would know how to attack and the attackers would know how to defend. This, to him, was the revolution to come in the world of football. Continue reading Total Football Philosophy and the AFC Ajax of 1970s (Part 1) | Shantanu Singh

Internet Socialisation & Murder | Mitakshara Medhi

It is a common notion (even researched to some extent), that the internet leads to depression, and low self-esteem. But what people do not try to bring into this debate is how the internet, despite so many innumerable drawbacks, is a necessity. Evidence also suggests that if you are not on Facebook, for instance, you will be perceived as a sociopath by your employers. Continue reading Internet Socialisation & Murder | Mitakshara Medhi

How To Hide It: Inside The Secret World of Wealth Managers | Brooke Harrington

The Danish sociologist, Brooke Harrington, who trained for two years as an asset manager and immersed herself in this world, rightly warns of a ‘neo-feudal concentration of wealth’. A small group of rich people, she says, are not only hiding their money and avoiding taxes, they are also evading the law. Continue reading How To Hide It: Inside The Secret World of Wealth Managers | Brooke Harrington