Open Letter to Mayank Austen Soofi   This refers to your article “Our man in Batla House” (Livemint, July 03, 2016 –, part of a series (according to the print edition) of “intimate takes on city neighbourhoods”. While the “intimate” take is interesting enough, it is not clear why, when you admit “one doesn’t know what or whom to […]

Open Letter to The Times of India I have read with interest the flurry of articles in your newspaper on JNU and Mr Kanhaiya Kumar. Of course, your newspaper is not the only one — most English mainstream newspapers, news websites, and TV channels have been full of JNU and its students union president. However, your newspaper is stated to […]

Open Letter to Sagarika Ghose – 2 This is with reference to your “Grappling with Mahishasur: When ideology dominates perpetual confrontation is inevitable” in The Times of India, March 2, 2016 ( Several of your arguments can be viewed very differently. Take, for instance, your reference to ‘the histrionics laden politically divisive speech’ of Smriti Irani. Seriously, were the speeches […]

Open Letter to Sagarika Ghose This is with reference to your blogpost “Is the Media Anti-Hindu?” (ToI, 30/3/16 – Yes, it is. You come to the view that the English media reflects the religious view away from religious extremes. The question, though, is who decides what the extremes are? At present, the centre, as defined by the […]

Open Letter to Manash Pratim Gohain It’s nice to have you back after a gap of a few days, writing once again in the Times of India about JNU and Kanhaiya Kumar (what else?). I would like to compliment you on diversifying the subject of your articles — at last you interview persons critical of the JNU situation, like ABVP […]

Open Letter to Amulya Gopalakrishnan – 2–2&catid=67:others-regular&Itemid=86 This is with reference to your blogpost “Fanning the fire: why the Havells anti-reservation ad got everyone winded” (ToI, 31/3/16, ).Did it get “everyone” winded? You represent and speak for “everyone”? What is so offensive about asking people to give up their reservation privileges? Reservations are only one method of affirmative action, and […]

Open Letter to Amulya Gopalakrishnan   Amulya Gopalakrishnan published “Stand up to the Bullies” in The Times of India on Feb 18, 2016 – . This is a reply to her. Dear Ms Gopalakrishnan, This is with reference to your article ‘Stand up to the Bullies’ published in ToI on 18.2.2016. Since you have appended your e-mail address, […]

Open Letter to Aakar Patel This is with reference to your “Stop bashing Muslims, and start focusing on positive Hindutva”, by Aakar Patel (Times of India 12.6.2016 – -positive-hindutva/ ). Your commentary on what you call the three main Hindutva thrusts is characteristically negative. Ayodhya is not about depriving Muslims of a mosque (a mosque where there have […]

Open Letter to Chidanand Rajghatta

——-Original Message——- From: Date: 8/18/2017 3:56:46 PM To: Subject: Your articles in ToI   Dear Sir, This refers to your articles in ToI (17th and 18th August 2017) on the violence in Charlottesville, USA. While your reporting excellently covers the views of the American liberal left media, as an Indian I would like to […]