India cricket and its captaincy conundrum

Indian cricket has dragged itself into a controversy with the captaincy question. Who is wrong? Virat Kohli? Rohit Sharma? BCCI? Selectors? Answer to this question will be a highly debatable one and depends on the side that you support. So, let’s not get there. Unrelated to this controversy, there is another important question related to…

PV Narasimha Rao – The Half Lion

We live in a time where every aspect of our lives is blown out of proportion. For example, take the word “Epic”. Dictionary for this word stands for something that is majestic, grand and heroic. Like the Mahabharata or the Ramayana. But the same “Epic” has become a slang these days. At my workplace, any…

Swarajya – Battles we should never forget

Battles of the Maratha Empire is book that covers the life and time of Maratha empire and the various states that fought against foreign powers like the Mughals, British and Portuguese. Interestingly, the author Aneesh Gokhale, gives a multi faceted view of those times, where the partnerships between the great powers varied with time. Maratha…

Celebrations and longevity of our culture

Deepavali / Diwali. It is that time of the year again. A time when citizens, politicians, State governments and Central government suddenly realize that the air pollution they failed to control throughout the year, is an imminent problem which needs a solution. But how can we take any steps at the last minute when we…

Why do we care so little about national security?

In the past 1 year, I have read some very interesting and well written books on how India is defended by its soldiers. Watershed 1967 – India’s Forgotten Victory Over China : by Probal Dasgupta 1962 The War That Wasn’t : by Shiv Kunal Verma Kargil – From Surprise to Victory : by General VP…

Gandhi Jayanti and our duty towards nation building

Today is the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi ji, father of our nation. Mahatma, the great soul. Today is also the birth anniversary of Lal Bahadur Shastri ji, India’s 2nd Prime Minister. We remember them every year with a lot of respect and are indebted to them for leading our country into an independent nation.…

Time for peace in Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) had been in focus for a long time now. Violent extremism in this state is thriving for over 30 years now. Worst years were 1990s and early 2000s when the number of fatalities touched a few thousands each year. Failure of the Indian state to contain this violence is very obvious.…

A forgotten war for India

India-China border conflict in 1960’s is something that most Indians have very little knowledge about. We know that the 1962 war was lost, but hardly any details of that war has been presented to us in our school books and other easily accessible literature. We do not even hear about the 1962 war from our…