Sarayu Pani
Indian culture, politics and sport (or are they all the same thing?)
Created 13 Sep 2020
  • The rise and the fall of a "New India" poster boy
    01 Nov 2021 • 7 min read
    “the greatest move that I have seen in Indian politics” On November 16, 2016, Virat Kohli was kind enough to favour the media with his opinion on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new demonetisation poli...
  • Joyful in victory, hateful in defeat
    28 Oct 2021 • 11 min read
    March 30, 2011. I was returning from a client’s office to our own office in Mumbai and the roads had gone unnaturally quiet for a Wednesday afternoon. The taxi driver, a chatty migrant from UP spent t...
  • South Korea, BTS and "soft power"
    10 Oct 2021 • 9 min read
    Source: YouTube On September 20, over a million people tuned in to watch a session of the, wait for it, UN General Assembly. This sudden surge of interest in the proceedings of a body that has in rece...
  • Deradicalisation - II
    09 Aug 2021 • 7 min read
    In part one of this series, we saw that radicalisation plays a significant role in the creation and maintenance of the “group” political Hindu identity. When we acknowledge this, it would seem that th...
  • Deradicalisation
    09 Jun 2021 • 8 min read
    On May 30, an estimated 50,000 people gathered at what was termed a Hindu mahapanchayat organised in Indri village in support of Hindu men arrested in relation to the murder of Asif Hussain Khan. Asif...
  • Israel, India and the limits of diaspora lobbying
    20 May 2021 • 6 min read
    “Who is Bella Hadid?” is a question I’ve heard more than once from friends over the age of 45 this week. The answer: Bella, 24, and her sister Gigi, 26, are hugely successful American models. They wal...
  • Is the IPL the last straw?
    27 Apr 2021 • 6 min read • 4 0
    To grow up in India is to love a cricketer. For my father, as a teenager in the late 60s, it was Mansur Ali Khan “Tiger” Patuadi. For me, as a teenager in Bangalore in the noughties, it was Rahul Drav...
  • You deserve better. We all do.
    22 Apr 2021 • 6 min read • 8 0
    Unless you live in an IPL commentary box, it’s been impossible to avoid the horror unfolding before our eyes this week. In many cities around India, the number of people needing medical attention due ...
  • The resilient royals
    15 Apr 2021 • 8 min read • 1 0
    Queen Elizabeth II, Image via @royalfamily on Instagram Earlier this week, Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom passed away. His death, coming...
  • The Japanese Sword (and Other Tales)
    03 Apr 2021 • 7 min read • 3 0
    “Sir, shukr hain aap apna sar lekein jaa rahein hain, talwar ko bhul jayien” (Sir, be happy you’re going back with your head on your shoulders, forget about the sword.) There were many ways in which m...
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