Nation and Nationalism 6 – Rise of sub nationalism

What made the latest song Aalaporaan Thamizhanto become such a massive hit even before the release of its move Mersal. Is it due to rousing tunes of AR Rahman or charming presence of Vijay?  

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We shall fight on beaches to loot others

Spoilers ahead for Dunkirk... A nationalist review and comment about Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and ambiguous imperialist ideology of Churchill’s government. Dunkirk evacuation, France, 1940 Christopher Nolan’s thrilling depiction of the Second World War evacuation in his latest movie Dunkirk is a cinematic stroke of genius. His nonlinear narration of the evacuation episode in three chapters … Continue reading We shall fight on beaches to loot others

This is not an occasion to celebrate dear!!

Last night, Indian army conducted surgical strikes and destroyed few terror launch pads across LOC in Jammu and Kashmir. Indian DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh announced this news in a statement given to media today morning in a hurriedly conducted press conference. I read this news at 11AM and left for office and when I … Continue reading This is not an occasion to celebrate dear!!

Nation and Nationalism

What exactly is nationalism?? The slogan of republic factions in the ongoing American presidential elections ‘Make America great again’, last year’s referendum in the UK for Scotland’s independence, the scheduled referendum in coming months again in the UK to bid farewell to the European Union and in India, the intolerant activities and protests rising from … Continue reading Nation and Nationalism

Abominable ride in 570

I reached Chennai early in the morning on one fine Monday after a long weekend at home. I got off at CMBT (Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus). I had to take metropolitan transport Bus No 570, a popular one among the residents off the OMR to reach my home in Kelambakkam. I was waiting patiently among … Continue reading Abominable ride in 570

Brief introduction to the dark face

In the wake of record breaking rainfall and eventual floods in Chennai, I came across several news reports and opinions blaming the Chennai Corporation, Chennai Metropolitan Development authority and successive governments over the years for poor design, construction and maintenance of drainage systems and storm water drains in Chennai. Coinciding with the Chennai’s devastating floods, … Continue reading Brief introduction to the dark face

The art of Bargaining

Indians are experts at bargaining. They usually demonstrate phenomenal skills of articulation during bargaining with shopkeepers and roadside vendors. They are very serious about this art. They are not willing to pay even a rupee more than the actual selling price and Indian housewives who are more stubborn in this regard are always in the … Continue reading The art of Bargaining