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Prakash Kona is a writer, teacher and researcher who lives in Hyderabad, India. He is currently Professor at the Department of English Literature, The English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Hyderabad.
Saturday, April 14, 2018 Horrific Images of BJP-misrule of India
The 18-year old girl raped by the brothers, one of them a member of the ruling party in power and the gruesome rape and murder of the 8-year old in Jammu and Kashmir are images of BJP-misrule of India.
(1 comments) Friday, March 23, 2018 Why Indians are obsessed with the private lives of actors
It's unbelievable how much interest Indians take in the private lives of actors. The context of course to what I am saying is the recent, unfortunate death of the actress Sridevi, perhaps one of the most popular women actors ever on the Indian screen.
(1 comments) Monday, February 26, 2018 The Politics of India's PM, Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi's formula for an "exam warrior" in politics has been unbelievably simple: communalize the masses and corporatize the government. Almost every social group has begun to adopt reactionary positions either as supporters or as opponents of Modi and his policies. India as a nation has never been as polarized along communal lines as it is now since the
Saturday, February 24, 2018 God's own Country, Kerala, where God is fast asleep
The pictures of the poor mentally challenged tribal man from Kerala who was lynched for supposedly stealing rice are haunting to say the least. That look of utter vulnerability written all over his body tells us the story of human injustice and human suffering in the same breath.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017 Have a Nice Day in a Post-Joke World
I want to touch on one episode from the 16th Season of Family Guy with the title "The D in Apartment 23" about Brian's racist tweet which I found interesting for its take on political correctness. Political correctness is a disease that unfortunately is connected to Internet-related developments which created a parallel social world other than the ones where people actually meet and discuss in day to day life.
(10 comments) Saturday, September 16, 2017 On being Definitionally Challenged
People who tend to use language without telling us what parameters they associate with the words they use, I have decided to call them "definitionally challenged"... to these abusers of language I have only one thing to say: read Rumi, Shakespeare and Wittgenstein.
(3 comments) Wednesday, June 7, 2017 Why the ISIS is winning in Europe
In the brutal war in Syria and in Iraq where either you murder or you get murdered it is most likely that the ISIS is losing the war on the ground, which may be one good reason why they are determined to prove their newsworthiness in Europe or the US. ISIS needs propaganda to achieve its goals as much as the west does to defeat them.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 The Myth of a Cashless Society
I wonder if PM Narendra Modi understands the gravity of the disaster unleashed on the poor masses thanks to the overnight project of demonetization. The ex-PM Manmohan Singh is right in calling it "organized loot" and "legalized plunder" except that the neo-liberal economic reforms which turned loot and plunder into virtues were initiated when Mr. Singh began his term as the Minister of Finance in 1991.
(1 comments) Friday, September 30, 2016 The Writing on the Kashmiri Wall
The writing on the Kashmiri wall is obvious to those who have eyes to see: either we create an inclusive order that is willing to accommodate the aspirations of the common people of Kashmir or we end up buying the loyalty of the elites with the Indian tax-payer's money and becoming brutally repressive with the masses in the way Israel operates while dealing with the Palestinian Territories.
Saturday, April 9, 2016 What I think of Student Nationalists from the National Institute of Technology, Kashmir
Wearing a badge of nationalism has never been a serious indication that someone loves their country. Those who love their country feel with its downtrodden classes and its oppressed women and children. They are not blind with hatred that destroys the soul. They think of innovative ways to make life meaningful for everyone who comes in contact with them especially those who are ostracized or without a home.
Sunday, March 13, 2016 What it means being Indian
Each group of people imagines a characteristic or a set of traits that they feel intrinsically defines who they are. That makes Indianness fundamentally not so different from Pakistanness or Nepalness or Americanness
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Lives Matter: Black or White
When I read about "Black Lives Matter," the question that came to mind was: shouldn't they matter! And it wasn't a rhetorical response. The next question that came to mind was: do other lives, whether white or not-so-white, Jew or Arab, ought to matter as much as black lives! Yes, they do! Black lives do matter. Black lives should matter, but, more importantly, black lives also matter, as do other lives.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 Universities are Superstructures, not the Substructure of Society
The suicide of a Dalit student at the University of Hyderabad,India and the politics surrounding the response that the suicide generated. The role that students play as a pressure group, or rather as a lobby, in their "compulsory revolutionary service."
Friday, November 20, 2015 ISIS: "Rationalizing" an Invisible Enemy
In politics it is important to see your enemy as a rational person making rational choices and with the full consciousness of someone who knows what he is doing. The ISIS can be extremely rational in the way it operates while at the same time dedicate its rationalism to the most irrational of goals.
Thursday, November 12, 2015 When students turn into trade unionists
Truthfulness and commitment to change are alien words in politics. For an intellectual they are sacred words. While I see Machiavellian behavior defining student politics, I wish that more of them would invest the same energy in thinking clearly and articulate for greater accommodation and inclusion of the weak and vulnerable sections into mainstream society.
Sunday, November 1, 2015 Why Art need not be "Subversive" to bring about Social Change
I am responding to the article by the Indian film actor Ms. Nandita Das which makes the statement that, "If art was not subversive, conservatives would not feel threatened." In my view, Shakespeare and Dostoevsky are anything but subversive in the sense in which Nandita Das uses the term "subversive."
(1 comments) Saturday, September 19, 2015 Why the late President APJ Abdul Kalam never made an impression on me
In my view, Abdul Kalam was neither a phenomenal scientist nor an effectual leader. My own feeling is that he may have been indifferent to the economic dimension of social reality like most engineers, doctors and scientists who do not subscribe to the view that conscience is about responding to the plight of the weak and the downtrodden.
Friday, July 17, 2015 The vindictive and unfair sentencing of Oskar Groening
The sentencing of Oskar Groening, the so-called "book-keeper of Auschwitz" to four years in prison is a stupid, cruel and inhuman judgment that will result in increasing the feelings of anti-semitism and xenophobia rather than doing justice to the victims of Nazism.