The idea/solution struck me almost two decades back. I discussed it with some friends and my Muslim tailor. Never dared to make it public as one section of our society was completely traumatized by the events of December 6, 1992. Read more

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Let me correct myself.  Hindi is not our national language. It is just an official language, which the architects of the Constitution thought would gradually replace English in 15 years time. Read more

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I don’t remember when I last sung Vande Mataram. Try and remember. Not many of you would have sung the national song since you left school. There is hardly any occasion to sing Vande Mataram. All one gets to hear and hum perhaps is Lata Mangeshkar’s Vande Mataram or AR Rehman’s Maa Tujhe Salaam on one of the FM stations these days. Read more

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The words are harsh. But the reality is harsher. The poor who sold their land, are now selling their daughters in rural India. Not to dwell in luxuries, but ward off hunger.

And it’s happening everywhere. In cities it could be a matter of choice, but in rural India it is per force. Read more

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