The difference between Nationalism and Patriotism

first published on LinkedIn on May 24, 2016 Preamble These two words Patriotism and Nationalism have been bandied around both by the government, the media and the people at large for some time now. Add to that another word that may be related in some way and that…

Did Identity Politics influence Identity Marketing?

i Over the last 5 years we have seen the rapid rise of what is being called Identity Politics. Where people of a particular race, religion or social background form political alliances and move away from traditional broad-based politics. The election of Donald Trump, the change of government…

Leaders have to be politically correct

The term ‘politically correct’ in modern usage, is used to describe some language, policies, or measures that are intended to avoid offense or disadvantage to members of particular groups in society. I recently heard a two year old recently reciting all the old nursery rhymes I knew. But I stumbled as…

Why I resent Indian immigrants who publicly criticise India

There are a lot of people I know who have spent the better part of their life in India.  But when they immigrate their first reaction is to denigrate India, just because of their new found home in another country. Somehow  I find it distasteful.  It offends my…

The National Anthem in theatres might have its roots in Socialism

When I lived in China, I heard many stories of life during the Cultural Revolution. One of them was related to me by a colleague of mine. It was 1998 and the Titanic was one of the 10 international films released in China during the time. Imagine that…

Is Aadhar the only leak of demographic data?

Is Aadhar the only source to leak personal demographic data? As an ordinary consumer, I don’t think so. Last year my car was insured with one car insurance company. How did the three other insurance companies call me this year for the renewal of my car insurance policy?…

Will we ever see a New York Bandh? Or a London Bandh?

Somehow a Bandh seems to be a very Indian problem.  Even as a young teenager in the 60s I remember Bandhs.  And I always wondered what sense it makes.  Last night I was at a neighbour’s flat and I could see their children who were between ten and…