Politics

Shivaji says – Statue!

What an irony! His democratic descendants, 400 years later, have downgraded his stature to a sheer statue made of some material that will certainly be nowhere close to the quality of his construction. His robust and well architected forts make it evident even today. The Maratha King constructed and won back many forts impregnable forts …

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Magna Carta

(Apparently no good time will prevail to know or remember about “Magna Carta” or “The 1215 Great Charter” that required King John of England to proclaim certain liberties, and accept that his will was not arbitrary, for example, by explicitly accepting that no “freeman” (in the sense of non-serf) could be punished except through the …

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Sycophantic Bug Bites an Editor

The editor of Loksatta, a Marathi morninger mourns – those who have remembered the birth centenary of Gopal Godse are perverted. Students of literature, history and politics, and even behavioural science – commit suicide! Don’t remember anything now. The last cell controlling thinking process in the brain of the editor is showing the symptoms of …

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In Praise of Gutsy Smita Talwalkar

Talwalkars opened their third branch in mid-seventies, next to a building near Citilight cinema in Matunga, a stone’s throw away from Shivaji Park. Avinash, one of the brothers, was in charge of the branch. Pathare, a masculine looking but soft spoken man who resembled Omar Sharif and who established his own modest chain of gyms …

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Acharya Atre: A Fighter Journalist

Circa 1958. Vengurla was a taluka (tehsil). One secondary school and three primary schools adorned the town then. Distant villages around had a few primary schools. The educational standard was good. There was a hospital (St Luke’s hospital) run by American missionaries popularly known as Batyache hospital in Vengurla where American surgeons stayed and worked as doctors. …

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Slavery – The Book, Mahatma Phule, and Obama

Seldom have politicians of this country offered moments to appreciate them. In recent times it has been a dream. What a way to meet and welcome the head of the most powerful state in the world! First you beat the seeds out of the grain of the consul general of that powerful state when almost …

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Editing a Rickety Magazine

The excerpt from a forthcoming book written by an editor of a rickety house magazine as an edit containing his autobiography in a nutshell with a vote of thanks to ‘living-ins’ with a literary criticism describing the literary journey of lifetime inducted with philosophical thoughts in the style of Aristotle avowing you to keep the …

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Raj’s ‘Oratoria’

He is the replica of his paternal uncle, people say. Even his uncle said it time and again sarcastically, after parting ways. Raj Thackeray never replied to that. ‘I was thinking,’ he said in Kalyan Dombivli Mahanagar Palika (KDMP) election campaign speech, ‘before coming to this meeting, about what to wear? Any attire I dress …

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Train to ‘Hindu’stan…

‘Mukhavata’ and ‘Hindu-Pricey Junk of Living’ Juxtaposed! On 341st page of his novel, ‘Hindu’, Bhalchandra Namade quotes, “…napping modestly and yawning fearlessly we heard the Maharaj’s long talk…” It is ditto true for his hardbound copy of the 600+ page novel. Till you reach the above sentence, the novel forces you to writhe, yawn, sleep, and …

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