Alok Rai

Alok Rai

The writer taught in the department of English, Delhi University.

Orwell, again
Mon, Feb 20, 2017

But Trump’s America is a latecomer. It has much to learn from Vishwaguru India.

We live with violent opposites, nuance is dead, so is dissent
Wed, Jan 04, 2017

The farce of TV “debates” shows us in the grip of matched opposites, good versus evil, black versus white. There is little civilised discourse. No question is open. This is the age of the slogan — and outright violence.

Silence, surgery in progress
Fri, Oct 21, 2016

There are great advantages of redefining military action as surgery — for one, it mobilises the rhetoric of health.

Unbecoming Gurgaon
Mon, May 02, 2016

‘Gurugram’ is the symptom of a disease which generates a striving to return to some previous perfection.

An ominous operetta
Tue, Feb 16, 2016

The alarming, exponential reach of the ‘anti-national’ can find you out in the most unexpected places.

Class, without consciousness
Sat, Aug 01, 2015

A book on the fabled Allahabad University takes shelter in the romantic distortions of nostalgia when faced with the present.

Reaching For The Guinness
Sat, Jun 20, 2015

The officially declared desire to go for the record must itself be a kind of record.

On the altar of justice
Fri, May 15, 2015

Salman Khan had to be sacrificed so that we can rest easy about the impersonal majesty of the law.

A chuckle in the dark
Sat, Mar 27, 2010

Chinua Achebe looks at the everyday life of colonialism with remarkable good humour....