27 September, 2020

Why I Like Outlook

The reasons Sudheendra Kulkarni raps Outlook on the knuckles for are the very ones I would give to pat the magazine on the back.

Why I Like Outlook
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The reasons Sudheendra Kulkarni raps Outlook on the knuckles for—its ‘negativism, cynicism, anti-Hindu bias’ and a penchant to be anti-establishment—are the very ones I would give to pat the magazine on the back. Must it ignore India’s dismal ranking on the UN’s Human Development Index? Should it swallow the present regime’s one-sided, triumphalist rhetoric hook, line and sinker? Ought it to plug its ears when ‘love jehad’ rants rend the air? Can it afford to look the other way when obscure individuals are given centrestage to practise a form of voodoo history? That would reduce Outlook to the status of a wannabe Organiser.

One more point. Would Kulkarni agree that there is a difference—a hum­ongous one—between Hinduism and Hindutva? Most Hindus, including me, are quite comfortable with their Hindu identity. Hindutva bugs them because they see it as an ideological pro­ject...

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