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ANTI-CONVERSION BILL: OPEN LETTER TO KARNATAKA C.M.

Dear Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, You had once been a member of a secular party but seem to have converted to Hindutva, abandoning the anti-Brahminical Lingaayath faith founded by the great Basavanna in whose followers’ family you were born. Your … Continue reading

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WHY I WISH THERE WERE TENS OF MILLIONS MORE OF ‘RICEBAG’ CONVERTS

Many of my talented friends who happen to be indefatigable activists seeking nothing but the fulfilment of the rights guaranteed by the Constitution of India and in the international declarations and treaties India is party to[1], are often derided by … Continue reading

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SAINT STAN

Some people in India have called for campaigning for the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Father Stan Swamy (Stanislaus Lourduswamy) who’d been working on behalf of the oppressed indigenous peoples of India, and who was framed in a … Continue reading

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POLITICAL PRISONERS/PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE IN INDIA

In a country that used to preen itself as the ‘world’s largest democracy’ Does it still? A list, most likely incomplete: Professor Hany Babu Sudha Bharadwaj (Do google her illustrious name and the “five books” rule with added conditions. Precisely … Continue reading

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GOOD BYE, 2020! AND GOOD RIDDANCE!

A year ago this day, Dec 26, I got invited to meet Father Cedric Prakash, SJ, one of our most prominent of human rights activists, who was briefly in Bangalore and who said then that 2019 had been among the … Continue reading

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CELEBRATING JESUS CHRIST, POLITICIAN AND REVOLUTIONARY

For many people, all through two millennia, the story of Jesus Christ has been that of the son of god. Those rebelling against oppression and injustice, struggling for human rights and democracy, have drawn inspiration from the same story of … Continue reading

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GLORIOUS MUSIC: A POLITICAL POST

As 2020 has been The Worst Year in my living memory [update: 2021 was even worse and 2022 …] — and I speak as a south Indian and not as a Kashmiri Muslim, Palestinian, Rohingya, Sri Lankan Tamil, Syrian, Tibetan, … Continue reading

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NO TO CAPITAL PUNISHMENT/DEATH PENALTY!

A large number of people, albeit not constituting majorities in many climes — blood lust, alas, being default response in rather too quick-fire opinion surveys — are implacably opposed to the death penalty in all, repeat, ALL cases. Especially most … Continue reading

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ANOTHER BRIEF HOSPITAL CHAT AND RANDOM THOUGHTS

Last Saturday evening a receptionist at a private hospital showered praises out of the blue while I was admitting my father for Intensive Care. “I compliment you, sir…” she repeatedly said expressing amazement that a 92-year-old’s son was actually present to … Continue reading

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RESIST THE INDIAN REGIME’S GENOCIDAL PLANS

China has been running concentration camps in occupied East Turkestan — due north of Pakistani-Chinese-Indian-occupied Kashmir and Chinese-occupied Tibet — or what the Beijing regime calls ‘Xinjiang’ for an estimated 1.5 million Muslims. The Chinese ruling party which continues to … Continue reading

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RUDIMENTS OF INDIA’S THIRD FREEDOM STRUGGLE?

“India’s Third Freedom Struggle has begun”, someone on facebook or twitter said a few days ago. Exaggeration? Perhaps. But hope springs eternal. This time freedom from homegrown, Brahminical Hindutva fascism. However, it’ll be a long, long night. For these fascists … Continue reading

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AMBULANCE AND HOSPITAL CHATS REDUX

After a gap of fourteen and a half months, my now 91-year-old father spent three nights in a private hospital in November, whose rates for various services and supplies have been jacked up by many multiples of 10% on a … Continue reading

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