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.
We are at a moment when mobs on the left and the right ignore evidence and destroy scapegoats. That’s when we need good leaders most.
David Brooks via NYT
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.
To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go
To right the unrightable wrong
To love pure and chaste from afar
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star
This is my quest, to follow that star,
No matter how hopeless, no matter how far
To fight for the right without question or cause
To be willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause
And I know if I’ll only be true to this glorious quest
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm when I’m laid to my rest
And the world will be better for this
That one man scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To fight the unbeatable foe, to reach the unreachable star
The Orwell Prize is a wonderful site providing complete works of George Orwell, A selection of essays, articles, sketches, reviews and scripts which are made available to read online freely.
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.
Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidarity to pure wind… We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.
Donald Trump appears to have a straightforward definition of fake news: Stories that are critical of him or his presidency are “fake,” while those that praise him are “real.”
In my recent research, I’ve been reverse-engineering fabricated news articles from the 19th century to analyze their logic, and I’ve discovered that
fake news is effective because it tells you something about the world that you, in a way, already know.
Keshav shared beautoful Ramayan sketches which he drew over 30 years he started sharing them on his official twitter page