This blog was born at 6.29 p.m. on January 22, 2009. I was planning to end it, but haven’t been able to do that. Maybe I’m only delaying its death.
Beginning next week, as I move from following research to tracking religion, Cutting the Edge will get replaced by Losing My Religion. Read more
Let’s not laugh at Mayawati’s money garland or Ramdev’s political steps — they are far more serious than many of our other illustrious leaders’ exploits. The joke, as I see it, is on the Indian thought-aping intelligentsia, the Indian digital-haves Twitterati, and the Indian power incumbents. Read more
The problem with economic papers, for that matter papers on any subject, is that they tend to focus more and more on less and less and are increasingly away from citizens. Take the ongoing global financial crisis. On their part, while attempting to dissect the crisis, economists have over the past two years produced a huge body of literature — a part of which I have been tracking here on this blog. Read more
M.F. Hussain’s bare feet walk to Qatar is more than the 2,571 km distance across the Arabian Sea. This walk epitomises the increasing distance between two conflicting pulls on an individual — the idea of a nation state and the accompanying sense of belonging it affords a citizen on one side and the individual, who in this new world has more survival options than a citizenship of any single state can grant. Read more