POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 06, 2014 AT 22:38 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 06, 2014 22:38 IST

The following Twitter Collection is by our most favourite "Twitterist" Señor Dr Majorly PhD, who is still better known as MajorlyProfound.

Living up to his self-description of "insightful" is certainly a daily routine for this self-described "strategist on strategic geostrategic strategy."

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 06, 2014 AT 22:38 IST, Edited At: Nov 06, 2014 22:38 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Apr 18, 2014 AT 16:55 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 18, 2014 16:55 IST

Inspired by the success of the viral YouTube video The First Kiss, comes The First Indian Kiss, presented by the Torture Talkies who show us what happened when they asked 20 strangers to KISS in India.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Apr 18, 2014 AT 16:55 IST, Edited At: Apr 18, 2014 16:55 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Apr 27, 2012 AT 23:24 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 27, 2012 23:24 IST

Who should write about India? Last week, Patrick French wrote about Writings on India in the Hindustan Times:

there is a growing antagonism towards the idea of foreigners engaging with India, a latter-day literary swadeshi predicated on the theory that Indians should be doing it for themselves, rather than listening to what outsiders have to say. It is a view that arises out of a justified sentiment, namely that for too long India had to endure books by foreigners which distorted its culture and history. But today, the denouncers of the foreign hand on the keyboard are more often than not vigilantes in search of a crime. In my experience, the people who hold this view most strongly are those who have studied at universities in Britain or North America, and in some cases still live outside India. The kind of career made by David Frost, Daljit Dhaliwal or Fareed Zakaria in the United States would be impossible in India. Although foreigners are occasionally regarded as entertaining and even interesting, they remain a curiosity. I think it’s fair to assume that when Fareed Zakaria, the Mumbai-born son of the Congress party stalwart Rafiq Zakaria, presents his weekly show on CNN, he is not greeted by catcallers asking him what right he has to discuss American politics. He does not face intellectuals in Washington DC who pose, in all seriousness, the preposterous question: Who should be allowed to write about America? Yet this is precisely the debate that recurs, time and again, in India, spurred by people who would not think of applying the same rules to themselves in an overseas context. The British journalist Edward Luce recently published a book titled Time To Start Thinking: America and the Spectre of Decline. Even those American reviewers who disagreed with his thesis did not think to question Luce’s right to write the book. As Francis Fukuyama wrote about him: “In a tradition stretching back to de Tocqueville, sympathetic foreigners are often the keenest observers of American life.”...

India’s writing elite is fundamentally pro-establishment, and dislikes the way the nation has changed. Global power is shifting. It is a different world now, one in which many writers of Indian origin make a living abroad, and the richest person in England is Indian. Contrary to what we are fed, Indian voices are not stifled, but vociferously heard. Literature should not be constrained by parochial rules of engagement, self-censorship or the pious, self-affirming orthodoxies of social media. Creativity should not be stifled by finger-wagging. Let the “Who should write about India?” question be consigned to the dustbin of history. Let Xuanzang go free, to write the books he wants. Let India accept the rest of the world, as the rest of the world accepts India.


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POSTED BY Buzz ON Apr 27, 2012 AT 23:24 IST, Edited At: Apr 27, 2012 23:24 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Jan 16, 2012 AT 06:14 IST ,  Edited At: Jan 16, 2012 06:14 IST

Pratap Bhanu Mehta in the Indian Express has a brilliant article on What Vivekananda Valued , arguing that his underlying sensibility was open, self-confident and governed by the belief that humanity needs wider circles of identification to transcend narrow identities::

He directed India towards a liberality by reminding us that it was god’s job to protect us, not ours to protect our gods. The distinction of Indian nationalism was precisely that it never saw the nation as the highest embodiment of value. With the condescension of hindsight it is too easy to dismiss this project as either disembodied idealism, or worse still, an assertion of Indian superiority. But embedded in it was the radical idea that India means nothing if it is not going to be a source of alternative values. There is a recognition of pluralism, but not one that sacrifices truth. “We want to lead mankind to a place where there is neither the Vedas, nor the Bible, nor the Koran, yet this has to be done by harmonising the Vedas, the Bible, the Koran.” Whatever one may think of this project, the idea that each tradition could reach to some place outside itself, by working through all traditions, was a sign of intellectual ambition that is now all but lost.

Again, in hindsight, Vivekananda has been read as progenitor masculinity in politics; and he has certainly been appropriated that way. His claim that “for our motherland, a conjunction of the two great systems, Hinduism and Islam — Vedanta Brain and Islam Body is the only hope” has been tirelessly misinterpreted. This quotation is prefaced by two striking claims “Practical Advaitism, which looks upon and behaves to all mankind as one’s own soul, was never developed amongst the Hindus.” And “if any religion approached equality in any appreciable manner it was Islam and Islam alone.” The reference to Islamic body is not to an ideal of power; it is to the central idea of equality.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Jan 16, 2012 AT 06:14 IST, Edited At: Jan 16, 2012 06:14 IST
POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Dec 02, 2011 AT 23:27 IST ,  Edited At: Dec 02, 2011 23:27 IST

In the Asian Age, Sidharth Bhatia compares the latest Indian rage Kolaveri Di

with the outrage expressed in Pakistani band Beygairat Brigade's Aalu Anday

and concludes:

...our creative people do not like to rock the boat. There is no dearth of troubling issues in the country — what is missing is vibrant engagement and critiquing.

India, too, has a history of activism and intellectual dissent and this is not to suggest that there are no novels, films or songs that ask questions of the establishment, but India today sees itself not as a country with worrying concerns but as a rapidly growing economy ready to take its place in the world.

Notwithstanding all its problems, this is a country that is largely pleased with itself to the point of being smug; that mood is not conducive to producing radical art. There is nothing wrong with being happy and satisfied, but it is the duty of the artist, the writer and the filmmaker to speak truth to power. That is not happening in today’s India. Occasionally, the online world creates some subversive memes but here, too, it remains rather tame, taking on the usual suspects like politicians, rather than spoof corporates or even do-gooders; no one wants to take on the really powerful. Which is why our Kolaveri will remain charming rather than caustic. We are not going to get an Indian version of Aloo Anday anytime soon, because that would mean not merely making fun of our holy cows, but also questioning ourselves.

Read the full piece: No Kolaveri in India

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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Dec 02, 2011 AT 23:27 IST, Edited At: Dec 02, 2011 23:27 IST
     
 
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