Essay 0 was about the motivation behind studying the book Hindutva, by Veer Savarkar. If one wants to counter an idea, one has to know about it. I don’t know for sure, but I certainly get a strong sense that the opponents of Hindutva have not read the book itself. In this essay, I intend to write about the first chapter in the book Hindutva.

The chapter is named “Naavat Kay Aahe?” meaning “What’s in a name?” Veer Savarkar cites the words of Juliet from the immortal Shakespearean play, where Juliet asks Romeo to change his name so that they…


Dismantling Global Hindutva conference

In these past few days, we have heard tell of a conference being held in several universities in the US. It was called Dismantling Global Hindutva. Now, this was obviously going to be entirely different than any scientific or technological conference. This was a political conference, though strangely still academic because universities and professors were involved. I, myself, do not have as little patience for such conferences as many of my more scientifically inclined friends. I am quite interested in keeping abreast of what goes on in the world.

Poster for Dismantling Global Hindutva conference

My attention was grabbed by the quite provocative title itself.

It…


One of the hazards of an existence of social media is that you are exposed to a huge number of what are known as “hot takes”. These are controversial opinions, often to elicit a reaction from a particular group of people than making a coherent point about any topic. “Hot takes” come in almost fields that get discussed online, right from dissing on the most popular and successful cricketers to claiming that Poha is bottom/top tier food (don’t know which is worse).

As with any other phenomenon, by far the most controversial hot takes are found in political spheres. I…


In the previous monologues on the podcast, I had spoken about some values and principles that I find to be foundational in the modern social and personal life, at least in my view. Free speech is the most basic principle that is public in nature that I say we must espouse, which is why I have done 2 monologues on it. One cannot overstate its importance. In terms of legal rights, it is only second freedom of conscience, that you are free to think whatever you like.

I also did one episode on democracy and how it evolved in the…


I was, as usual, languishing on our favourite social media website. No, not Tinder, Twitter. And that is when I came across a tweet, which read something like this.

“Journalism in India is losing credibility not just because it refuses to hold those in power accountable but because it is constantly playing the ‘both sides’ narrative to prove its neutrality and please people on all sides.” This was tweeted out by Rana Ayyub a few days ago. …


College is usually a time where people actually experience the “real world” for the first time, in many ways. We learn how to deal with new people, esp from different backgrounds, as opposed to school, where schoolmates are from the same town or neighbourhood. We learn how to set up a schedule for ourselves, with no parents to wake up, if we are staying in a hostel. We learn how to manage money, with it, in most cases, being only limited in supply. A highly crucial aspect of this life, is that it is a time when we make friends…


Today, I want to talk about something very close to me, at length. If you follow me on Twitter, you might know I never shut up about it. It is free speech. It is the freedom of individuals to speak without fear of repercussions from the government. More broadly, this is termed as freedom of speech and expression, since some other forms of expression of opinions, like writing, placards or even gestures, are not speech but expressions to display one’s opinions. This is quite a contentious issue in the modern parlance, but not just then. …


Charlie Hebdo cartoons, including one of Mohammed, and the murdered teacher’s picture projected onto Montpellier government building.

The Terror Attacks

The recent news from Paris, that of the beheading of a school teacher, dubbed as a terrorist attack by the French President, has shaken the world. It is one of the many instances in recent history where we have seen violence after blasphemous utterances, overwhelmingly overrepresented among the attackers being Muslims. A cruel joke, as one of my friends called it, is that the teacher was giving a class on free speech. But is this problem, that of being in fear of repercussions, often violent, of speech, only recent? No. Only a few days ago, it was the 5th anniversary…


“What does Bilkis Dadi’s place among TIME Magazine’s list of Top 100Most Influential People mean for the Shaheen Bagh movement and the future of democratic resistance in India?” So asking, The Wire journalist Arfa KhanumSherwani launched a moderately aggressive attack on the “authoritarian” tendencies of the current ruling dispensation in the country.

The whole article is the same regurgitation of lies, half truths and paranoia that the Indian Left has been peddling about the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, CAA, and the much feared (and non-existent, so far) National Register of Citizens, NRC. These have been debunked thoroughly, time and time again…


Nature’s call

I recently came across a friend’s Instagram story, in which, he had posed with a friend of his, who was holding a placard that said “Today, it is Amazon. Tomorrow it may be Aarey. Later it can be Himayat Bagh.” He was wearing (yes, wearing like an ornament, really) a non-rebreather mask (without a bag, though) and carrying a 5 litre Bisleri water can containing a rose sapling

This started when some active citizens of Mumbai saw notices stuck on trees of the Aarey Milk Colony in Nov 2014, that they were going to be cleared to make way for…

Amogh Manthalkar

Electronics Engineer. Research scholar in Photonics. Amateur musician. I read, sometimes write. Mostly interested in physics, philosophy and politics.

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