“The reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new.”
The children are fated to die because India is superb at the grammar of protest and episodic intervention. In mission mode, under a special dispensation, we can achieve anything.
it’s worth recalling German sociologist Max Weber’s observations in a 1918 lecture on ‘Politics as a Vocation’.
There are, he said, two ways of making politics one’s vocation: either one lives ‘for’ politics or one lives ‘off’ it.
“the government” is a monolithic abstraction that doesn’t actually exist. In reality, it is people that you have to work with, not a monolith.
These people will naturally have wide variations in their capacities and attitudes.
Sholay’s runaway success over many years therefore can be directly attributed to its content. On the contrary, Baahubali 2’s instant success is a triumph of marketing that has created a herd mentality, making people flock to theatres like cattle.
Keshav shared beautoful Ramayan sketches which he drew over 30 years he started sharing them on his official twitter page
India has worked not because of ‘unity in diversity’, the presence of locus of identity beneath differences, as the state is fond of telling us. We have flourished rather because we are ‘diverse in our unities’, each able to imagine a connection with others in his/her own way.
“But there is another statistic, much harder to measure, that I think is even more important and revealing: Does your society have more memories than dreams or more dreams than memories?”
Nehru’s exposition of secularism did not mean an absence of religion, but putting religion on a different plane from that of normal political and social life.