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Prakash Kona is a writer, teacher and researcher who lives in Hyderabad, India. He is currently working as an Associate Professor at the Department of English Literature, The English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Hyderabad.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A View From India: Ferguson and Aftermath: A Bit too Black or White The way the discourse has been shaped right from the very beginning was on preconceived terms. It began with a minority black "law-breaker" and an armed white law-enforcer backed by a powerful racist state and continues in the same vein. That's what I find problematic.

Thursday, July 17, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
"Eyeless" in Gaza I wrote this article, with a change in few words, some years ago when Israel had done something similar to what it is doing today to Gaza. Strangely I realized that nothing fundamentally changed. This is only to emphasize the pathetic condition of the Palestinians under colonial occupation. "The Palestinians must defy the Israelis and live their freedom not as a possibility but as a reality."

Saturday, May 31, 2014 (18 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
What has meritocracy to do with merit? Meritocracy is another way of globalizing caste system by creating a system of social stratification separating the inferior from the superior. It is a way of making sure that the downtrodden, apart from the token few, never aspire to what by virtue of the system will go to those who inherit both wealth and power.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Annihilation of Casteist Mindset This is not a book review as such but a reflection on few aspects of the speech "Annihilation of Caste" by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar written to be presented in 1936 at the invitation of an anti-caste association in Lahore. There is nothing like caste as an unchanging category. Slavery was once upon a time a reality. What made it real was that there was something called the slave mentality and likewise a master mentality.

Sunday, May 18, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
What the Narendra Modi-led BJP regime means to the future of India As the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi will write the obituary to the Nehruvian vision of a mixed economy that combined public enterprise with private initiative. In fact what this electoral victory might signify is the corporatization of the state where merit and conformism to the political order become the primary criteria for the ideal citizen.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
To the migrant workers who died in Qatar building infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup (Poem) This is a short poem on the death of migrant workers who died in Qatar "building the infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup." They are the real victims of globalization and outsiders to the so-called radical innovations of the modern world.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Arvind Kejriwal and his loony bin politics The Aam Aadmi Party and its leader Kejriwal are anything but a serious reflection of the aspirations of the downtrodden masses. The recent mistreatment of black African women in Delhi by the law minister of the party actually establishes the racist and casteist nature of AAP politics.

Thursday, January 2, 2014 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Some hard-hitting questions to the so-called leftists of my country These are few questions I have to the leftists of my country who have reduced social and political change to an extension of their private selves rather than the other way round.

Saturday, December 21, 2013 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
An American System, "Alien" to the Indian Mindset This article is a reflection on the politics surrounding the arrest and body search of Ms. Devyani Khobragade an Indian consular officer in the US leading to a diplomatic row between India and the US -- at least from the Indian point of view.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Article 377 of the Indian Penal Code and "The Love that Dare not Speak its Name" The homophobia of the once colonized nations is about lack of imagination in individuals occupying positions of power and the concomitant mediocrity of institutions that are a legacy of a colonial past.

Monday, December 16, 2013 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Expressing solidarity with the workers who rioted in Singapore's "Little India" This article is an expression of support for the workers who rioted in Singapore which I strongly contend is an expression of their discontent with terrible exploitation of cheap labor, a problem which needs to be addressed on a global platform.

Sunday, December 30, 2012 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Patriarchy, the Social Order and the Delhi Gangrape Victim The twenty-three year old victim of brutal gang-rape on a New Delhi bus finally succumbed in a Singapore hospital following a period of physical and mental devastation -- a devastation that needs a different kind of imagination for it to be properly understood. The legitimization of violence in a country like India is an altogether different thing.

Friday, September 21, 2012 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Why Muslims need to embrace a Politics of Moderation It is as imperative for Muslims to embrace the politics of moderation as it is for the western governments and media to open space to the voices of moderate Muslims and give them an opportunity to be leaders in their communities.

Friday, September 7, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Book Review: Twilight of the Elites: America after Meritocracy Chris Hayes dismantles the myths of meritocracy: The book "Twilight of the Elites: America after Meritocracy" is written with a certain passion as if in response to the need of a time -- " the increasing inequality, compartmentalization, and stratification of America in the post-meritocratic age" (212).

Sunday, August 19, 2012 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Ecuador and Julian Assange's Asylum A nation honors itself through acts such as this one that Ecuador did in granting asylum to Julian Assange. The importance of Ecuador standing up to the UK government's intimidatory stance can hardly be ignored. It is not the same thing when a powerful nation dictates terms to those it views as inferiors and when the "inferiors" turn back to answer their so-called bosses.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Book Review: Norman G. Finkelstein's "What Gandhi says about Nonviolence, Resistance and Courage" An honest academic and a serious activist, Norman G. Finkelstein has few illusions about Gandhi or Gandhism. What Finkelstein looks at is Gandhi the person and Gandhi the social and political activist along with the problems associated with Gandhian methods of protest.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Why we need a Patriotic and not a Nationalist Media I'm exploring the Orwellian distinction between nationalism and patriotism and why I think more and more global media espouses nationalism which is vicious by nature rather than patriotism which is closer to what common people really are and wish to be.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Internet Pirates! Unite! You've nothing to lose... Why I justify Internet Piracy? For the simple reason that knowledge cannot be reduced to private ownership. Internet piracy is one way to challenge the ownership theory of knowledge.

Sunday, August 21, 2011 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Anna Hazare: a cup of tea in a storm Who is Anna Hazare fighting exactly if the very people who are India's enemies - the moneyed classes - are his back-end supporters!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
UK Riots 2011 -- A "Social Revolution" Yet to Take Place Both the Norway attacks and UK disturbances are expressions of individual and collective bitterness and hatred towards a non-responsive and indifferent government that does not hesitate in using violence against them to keep a semblance of order.

Sunday, May 22, 2011 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
American Morality and the Strauss-Kahn Affair There is no reason on earth to treat Strauss-Kahn as if he is already a criminal. There is no reason to treat a criminal either as if he is not a human being.

Monday, March 7, 2011      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Pakistan -- where fanaticism is a virtue The state of Pakistan as a nation and why it is imperative for them to come out of the death-like grip of the fanatics.

Thursday, March 3, 2011      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Once upon a Time there was a Dog Called Hosni The Hosni Mubarak types and Third World Poverty

Sunday, February 27, 2011      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Why South Asia needs an Egyptian-Style Revolution? The nations of South Asia are as much in need of an Egyptian Revolution as any nation of the Arab World. It is the South Asian poor for whom the revolution is genuinely meaningful.

Monday, November 1, 2010      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Beware the stone-throwers of Kashmir who have nothing to lose Platforms are meant for those who struggle on the ground. The job of intellectuals is to make space for them and not to appoint oneself as their spokesperson. I for one would sincerely like to talk to the stone-throwers and their families.

Sunday, October 31, 2010      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Beware the Stone-throwers of Kashmir who Have Nothing to Lose Platforms are meant for those who struggle on the ground. The job of intellectuals is to make space for them and not to appoint oneself as their spokesperson. I for one would sincerely like to talk to the stone-throwers and their families.