About Gautam Chikermane

When journalism, that cosy fireside for rebels and outsiders, gave Gautam Chikermane physical, intellectual and creative refuge, he followed what has now become his calling. He currently serves Hindustan Times as Executive Editor – Business. A self-exiled musician, he tweets on the unholy trinity of money, power and god @gchikermane

It’s not every day that you see the courage of an ordinary citizen in public. The courage gets stronger when you see that its source is a 14-year-old girl. And it is in one of the rarest of the rare cases, we have a Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai warding off and fighting with the Taliban, a force that even the nation’s inglorious army is unwilling or unable to face. [Read more]

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Five days from today, a letter will go under an auctioneer’s hammer. No big deal about this except that this letter was written by one of the world’s most influential scientists to one of the world’s well-known philosophers. The content: views on god. The opening bid: $3 million, though it could fetch many times that amount. [Read more]

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As the backlash against Innocence of Muslims, a film on Islam, gains political momentum across geographies, I wonder whether the key driver of this violence, this intolerance is really a fragility, and not the protection, of the world’s second-largest faith. [Read more]

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Come, dear sisters and brothers
Let’s rejoice on this anniversary
And celebrate our perversions [Read more]

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Not sure whether it’s serendipity or destiny, I’m inclined towards the latter. Over the past few months, I have been thinking actively about learning Sanskrit. The reason is just one: having read almost every volume written in English, finally I want to be able to read and enjoy the Mahabharata and the Vedas in their own language, perhaps even attempt a translation of my own. It is difficult for me to call it the language of the Gods, but there is something magical in the power of its words. [Read more]

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