Shiv Visvanathan

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Shiv Visvanathan

Sordid tales of those dark days

The Emergency, a historical scar in the minds of one generation, is treated as a curiosity today.

Maggi adulterated my memory, not food

Memory and sentiment often go together. Memory is a sensorium, a vista of smells, sounds, a nostalgia for the touch, taste or texture of an object or event.

Modi the moral accountant

Narendra Modi is a man who continues to fascinate his critics. The more we criticise him, the more he seems to grow.

Our Chinese complex

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trip to China has raised a whole array of anticipations and anxieties.

A house that Modi built

Parties rather than policy issues have been the flavour of the week. The Aam Aadmi Party is conducting a civil war against itself, determined to justify the label that it is anarchic to the core.

A B-grade movie called AAP

The recent crisis in the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has cynics chuckling quietly to themselves. They insist that ideals and utopias are alien to politics.

Rare & unseasoned

News sometimes creates strange possibilities. A simple event suddenly creates so many possibilities that they become a ganglion of competing narratives.

AAP paradox: Whole is less the sum of parts

AAP is both imagination and imaginary. It is an empirical organisation, a movement still graduating into a party but AAP is part a political fiction, a wish list for the future that its fans, followers and members keep projecting on to it. It is a perpetual hypothesis playing out both fact and future. AAP is still in a constant state invention. AAP faces an obstetric problem, as a midwife of a new politics it has to deliver. Kejriwal and gang have to add the governance halo to their disorderly political style.

Gandhi, between hate & cliché

I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

The joys of being ‘third class’

Modern theories of efficiency and equality are such that one loses a celebration of the marginal. Ever since socialism, we have removed the category called “third class” from our trains and our lives. As an upwardly mobile nation, we want to travel first class and as a truly global country we want our institutions to be world class. Our presidents and vice-chancellors were upset when they realised that our IITs and IIMs are not world class.

In a community of humans like a village or a city, we will find people of varying ages broadly classified as children, senior adults and old people who have retired from active life.

It was on June 26, 1975, that the Emergency was declared in the country.

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