Fundamental Rites

A typical dictionary definition of ritual runs thus: ‘…a series of actions that are always performed in the same way, especially as part of a religious ceremony’. or ‘… something that is done regularly and always in the same way’. In the context of sociology, ritual gains a bigger ambit as ‘…an often-repeated pattern of behaviour which is performed at appropriate times, and which may involve the use of symbols Continue Reading

Rational Script vs Real Story

The rationalist rage against Lord Rama is raging at full clip, unmindful of the outrage being caused to millions. Since Sunday last, not a day has ended without an innuendo from the TN CM: Rama did not exist …Which engineering college did Rama attend? … burning buses is the culture of Ram bakhts …Rama, a big lie like the Himalayas and the Ganges …. Continue Reading

When even sandal turns scandal

In TN, Periyar is a touchy topic. One is supposed to touch upon the subject only in reverential tones, while even the slightest touch of a critique of him automatically evokes wild reactions. The long departed leader himself might have advocated rationalism as the touchstone of his ideology Continue Reading

When outlaws take their own course

Ignorance of outlaws and their ways is no excuse and it is the bounden duty of every lawful citizen to supplicate to the supremacy of the lawless. At least, the lawfully elected CM of the State of Karnataka believes so Continue Reading