Selected Writing

Dreams Of A Hindu Rashtra

…for many decades in the 16th century, Ponda was a safe haven for Hindus who were fleeing the persecution of the Portuguese inquisition in Goa. Today, the area is not only home to more than half a dozen prominent temples, all located within a close distance of each other, but also the Sanatan Sanstha, an extremist Hindu outfit that has been linked with a number of high profile assassinations and a smattering of bomb blasts. Home to one of the fastest growing cities in the state, the district of Ponda is also the saffron heartland of Goa…

BuzzFeed News June 24 2017

Trust In The Law

…one such avenue is an electoral trust, a supposedly independent and transparent entity through which an individual or a company can donate to political parties. But an investigation by BusinessLine over three months showed that the trusts have ended up as a conduit for political donations and channelling money, often untraceable, from companies to parties…

The Hindu Business Line 15 August 2016

Free Basics May Be Evil, But A Free Lane Need Not Be

…the façade of altruism notwithstanding, the motive behind Free Basics is clearly long term commercial gain. However, what makes it hard to negate completely is that, stripped of its Facebook wrapping, the idea of a free tier offering basic universal connectivity is not inherently bad in a country like India. While the net neutrality principle helps maintain a level playing field, it does little to lower barriers of access to the network, thus ensuring the network remains equal but only for the relatively privileged. In the near 50-year history of the Internet, its greatest hits have slowly tended away from solving humanity’s pressing problems and towards less important ones such as archiving all available cat videos…

The Hindu BusinessLine 1 October 2015

Sex, Lies, And Advertisements

…male sexual health is rarely discussed openly in India: the assumption is that everyone’s plumbing works just fine and if it doesn’t, a fervent prayer to the deity in the street-corner temple will take care of any leaks and blocks. But divine intervention is notoriously flaky, and those whom it fails often find their lifeline in a bright yellow poster on a decrepit wall abutting the same temple. The address on the poster leads to clinics like the one I am in…

The Hindu 3 September 2016

A Weekend At The Races

…with the first of two races set to begin in half an hour, we began suiting up. We’d been advised to warm up before hitting the track, but getting into tight-fitting racing leathers requires one to spend at least ten minutes performing an awkward imitation of a penguin trying to fly, which to my mind, invalidated the need for any kind of stretching and jogging…

The Hindu BusinessLine 25 February 2016