society

In the conflict between free speech and morality, the former always should win. And exceptions should be made only when one person violates another person’s freedom of expression in a manner that can be proven beyond reasonable doubt.

No country or culture has been able to stop them. Is there such a thing as a ‘rapist’ gene? What are the fundamental causes? And what are the proximate causes?

A letter from an ordinary citizen of India. To whomsoever it may concern.

It’s important to understand that the UPA government is being accused of two things on the 2G scam front: corruption and incompetence. Here’s how to look at it.

The argument against capital punishment: “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” Hanging a murderer is to seek retribution and to not attempt his reformation. Death penalty is not ethical since none of us have the right to demand or take another’s life. Death penalty is not an intelligent option as it […]

There’s a fair amount of hand wringing every time an Olympics rolls around. Why does India, a nation of 1.2 Billion people, prove itself incapable of winning even a single gold medal? If there was a gold medal for not winning gold medals, we might not win even that, it seems. Why do we fare […]

I’m writing about something that happened a long time back. In fact, it was so long back that I was in 8th standard in school. My school was run by the Church of South India. The class was an eclectic mix of rich and not-so-rich, mostly Tamil, Malayali and Telugu speaking, Christian, Muslim and Hindu […]

Indians occupy a special place in the pantheon of insensitivity. We are a nation of uncaring, indifferent boors, whose lives are only occasionally punctuated by those (increasingly rare) Satyameva Jayate moments, when we sit down and pretend to care about our fellow citizens. Why are we a nation of dimwitted fools?

Can a perfect society exist? Is the existence of a flawless society of humans possible? Tanya Singhal, a Ph.D. student in Europe, writes about the impracticality of the Utopian ideal in this guest post for What Ho!

There’s a storm brewing in this country, in the form of the alleged 2G scam, which has the potential to unseat the government. Given the complexity of this case, and our own lack of time to comprehend what’s being reported, not to mention who to believe about what, I figured I’d put together a simple dossary of facts and observations on this. Here’s everything you’ve always wanted to know about the 2G scam but were too afraid to ask.

Once in a while, you have a force that arises in this universe which grows its strength only through changing the very conditions from which it arose. Gandhi. Einstein. Jobs. Yes, he belongs on that list of people we find hard to describe with words, and can appreciate only by the impact they had on our […]

We’ve heard the prediction for years. The next billion users of the internet will skip the PC altogether and use a mobile phone to access it. It’s happening. I met one of those billion on my way from the Chennai airport earlier this week.His name is Palani. He’s 23 years old, has completed 10th standard in Tamil […]

Why is corruption such a big deal? India’s GDP is growing at 7-9% per annum, and presumably will continue to blaze along for some time. So, why fret about corruption when things are looking rosy? What are we complaining about? Don’t we have more important things to do than (Jan) Lokpal bill? We’ve been mired in corruption […]

We are witnessing a remarkable period in the history of the world’s largest democracy. In just a few months, we’ve seen the Prime Minister’s Office censured by the Supreme Court (a first), a Union Cabinet Minister sent to jail (a first) for alleged involvement in the largest scam in our history, and now the spontaneous […]

It’s hard to fathom a cheerful world while in the throes of existential angst. But, life’s not as bad as it looks. 3 reasons why.

Some one once told me that everything in this world is controlled by just fifty people. These fifty people, he said, determine everything. And he meant everything. As in everything  from stock market movements to oil prices to US presidential elections to opium trafficking and mujahideen movements in Afghanistan to installing the next puppet government […]

Live from McDonalds, in HSR Layout in Bangalore. Folks, the super-sizing of India is well under way. It’s about 1 pm, as we enter the newly opened (well, 3 months back)McDonalds, walking past a mute and vaguely disturbing figurine of Ronald McDonald at the door. Once inside, we are greeted instantly by a bedlam of loud conversations, […]

Live from BDA complex, Koramangala, Bangalore: Winds of change are blowing in Egypt, Yemen, Libya and across the Middle East. The latest scene of action seems to be Imperial Hair Dressers in Koramangala in Bangalore. I was shocked this morning to find that a coup of sorts was attempted 3 weeks back. Disgruntled elements in the […]