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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.


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Definitionally Challenged Saturday, September 16, 2017 (10 comments)     

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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.

Sheik Osama bin Laden Wednesday, June 7, 2017 (3 comments)     

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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     

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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.

Friday, September 30, 2016 (1 comments)     

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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     

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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.

Kashmiri_girl.jpg: Kashmiri girl Sunday, March 13, 2016     

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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     

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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.

Protest Tuesday, February 2, 2016     

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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."

Dr Saibaba Monday, December 28, 2015     

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Defending the imprisoned Delhi University professor, G. N. Saibaba on Ethical Grounds A seriously concerned government ought to realize that the issues the Delhi University professor Dr. Saibaba talks about in relation to the rights of the tribals and the Dalits are not unfounded and it is morally indefensible for a government to prevent someone from talking about them.

Secretary Kerry Shakes Hands With Polish Foreign Minister Schetyna Afte Friday, November 20, 2015     

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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.

Student politics is lacking in commitment and a willingness to do the d Thursday, November 12, 2015     

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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.

William Shakespeare Sunday, November 1, 2015     

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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."

Abdul Kalam Saturday, September 19, 2015 (1 comments)     

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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.

Former Auschwitz bookkeeper, Oskar Groening Friday, July 17, 2015     

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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.

Dylan Roof Thursday, June 25, 2015 (17 comments)     

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Putting the Charleston Church Shooting in Perspective I personally don't think that these are ideologically motivated murders. On the contrary they are rooted in a social structure that has already categorized certain individuals as outsiders -- and someone as young as Dylann Roof merely needs a cause to enroll as an insider. In that sense Roof's mindset is not fundamentally different from that of the youth who are fighting for the ISIS in the Levant.

Hindu Temple Friday, June 5, 2015 (4 comments)     

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Government of India versus the Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle This might be a remarkably brief synopsis of the incident: however, the fact remains that the Ambedkar-Periyar Study Circle (APSC), a student association was derecognized by the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Madras through a mail dated May 22, 2015 for allegedly creating "hatred" of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the "Hindus."

Sunday, April 12, 2015     

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Reflections on Cuba: from Communism to Consumerism I began writing this short piece on Cuba in December 2012 after I returned home following a conference at the University of Havana. For some reason I took a long time to develop the argument, but, fundamentally, I remain convinced now, as I was then, that Cuba is the new consumer haven for American goods.

Monday, April 6, 2015     

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By birth Indian, by culture Hindu, and by faith Christian The fears of Christian minorities in India are legitimate given the fact that there is a history of attacks on minorities through the use of mobs that would justify the fear. To dismiss those fears as imaginary as is being done by official media is seriously problematic and will not resolve issues at the ground level.

From To Kill A Mockingbird-- a scene where a man is falsely accused of Rape Saturday, March 7, 2015 (13 comments)     

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Lynching the "Rapist": a horror greater than the Rape I couldn't believe how happy the mob of mostly young men in Dimapur, Nagaland looked in their euphoria celebrating the lynching of an alleged rapist who also happens to be migrant labor from another state of India.

Monday, January 12, 2015 (15 comments)     

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Pourquoi Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo The Charlie Hebdo tragedy is a thinly disguised parody of what used to be the "white man's burden" in the heydays of colonialism. It is therefore racist too by extension, a racism hiding behind discourses such as free speech within the "comfort zone" of western democracy.

Ghandi Sunday, December 7, 2014 (2 comments)     

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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)     

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"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)     

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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.

From flickr.com/photos/111970103@N07/12951438824/ Tuesday, May 20, 2014 (5 comments)     

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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.

Narendra Modi Sunday, May 18, 2014 (1 comments)     

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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     

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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)     

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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)     

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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)     

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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     

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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.

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrGIBRFNsLA: Singapore Little India Riot Angle 1 Full video. Credits to Mr Chew, a r Monday, December 16, 2013 (3 comments)     

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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)     

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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)     

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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     

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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)     

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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     

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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     

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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     

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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)     

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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     

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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)     

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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     

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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     

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Once upon a Time there was a Dog Called Hosni The Hosni Mubarak types and Third World Poverty

Sunday, February 27, 2011     

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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     

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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     

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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.