Ram Mashru recently graduated from Cambridge University and is now a freelance political journalist. He currently writes for Prospect Magazine, The Huffington Post and Global Politics Magazine on topics encompassing UK politics, international affairs and human rights and is the founder and editor of Discuss[n], an online political magazine.
In the constant effort to make history, it’s all too easy to forget that some things already have one. Last Friday the world watched the official opening of the 30th Olympic Games, with Danny Boyle’s imaginative opening ceremony earning rapturous reviews. During the near-four hour broadcast viewers were constantly urged to look forwards. The Games’ tagline, [...]
How should a country respond when its police force is found wanting? That is the question Indian’s face after a sting-operation carried out by a leading magazine last week exposed widespread rape-denial among a senior stratum of India’s police force. If the media reaction is an index, all that this revelation could muster was a [...]
It is thecomplaint of the complacent to argue,“it’s all their fault” and in India the opportunity to argue “it’s them” isever-present. But with the dust almost settled on the Rushdie fiasco, it’s apparent that this complaint against India’s government is not being made often enough.
It’s a girl, a film being released this year, documents the practice of killing unwanted baby girls in South Asia. The trailer’s most chilling scene is one with an Indian woman who, unable to contain her laughter, confesses to having killed eight infant daughters.
The obligatory 2012 predictions have been made and the commentariat are unanimously forecasting doom and gloom. Pessimism, when rife, becomes contagious but these lamentations should be reserved in the case of India, where the greatest political movement since its independence is underway.