Drought Demons

Just what is it about drought that brings out the worst in mankind? How do we define drought – is it the tyranny of nature or should we say, it’s the sheer absence of nature? Major parts of our country is suffering from drought or drought-like conditions leading to displacement of people and farmer suicides, while the other half is …

The ‘history’ of Bharat Mata

Invoking Bharat Mata in the much-independent India sounds odd, at least keeping in mind its history. The goddess has become a rallying point in proving ones nationalism and patriotism, two very common words in the common lexicon of India today. The question is – To say or not to say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’. India is a country with numerous …

Women barred from entering temples: Discrimination or case of patriarchal hegemony?

Recent controversies regarding the age-old traditions of barring women from entering two temples have rekindled the debate on discrimination. Forced attempts to enter the Shani temple at Shingnapur in Maharashtra and the legal efforts to entire the Sabarimala temple at Kerala is in the news. Views on this range from the unfairness of the discrimination against women, in a country …

Prime-time mythology

A sudden spurt in mythological serials on television warrants the basic question – just why has there been a sudden interest in mythology? The focus is not just on the epics Ramayana and Mahabharata, but different gods and goddesses, like Shani dev, Hanuman, Santoshi Mata, Bheem, Narada muni, etc. If we see the history of mythologicals, as they are popularly …

Apocalypse compares villain to Krishna: Is this intentional or a matter of misguided inspiration?

‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ is one of the most awaited movies of 2016, from the ‘X-Men’ film series. The official trailer released recently reveals that Apocalypse, the immortal and invincible, wakes up after thousands of years to be disillusioned by the world as he sees it. He decides to cleanse mankind and create a new world which will be ruled over by …

Mahabharata war or Pathankot attack: Why are the sacrifices made only by the young?

The recent terror attack on the Pathankot IAF has focussed on two things – the massive intelligence failure and the death of young brave hearts. While the former is being glossed over, the latter has touched the hearts of many, more so in the times of 24×7 news channels. It’s heart-rending to see sobbing family members, small children with bleak …