The political islamists might repeatedly try to equate themselves with the Muslims here, but the fact is that a majority of the Muslims reject this regressive, divisive bunch, which is reflective in how they are still a very minor player in the electoral arena in Kerala. But the practitioners of political Islam have an outsized influence in social media, and some of their seemingly neutral media platforms, through which they try to portray any attacks on their divisive politics as attacks on the entire religion. Just the same strategy used by the saffron bunch. The ones covertly and overtly supporting…


Since there is a lot of debate yet again on the Malabar rebellion of 1921, sharing something I had written last year and did not publish anywhere.

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When the Malabar Revolt broke out in August 1921, Poozhikkal Narayanan Nair, a local jenmi in Thanur who at that time used to pay Rs.1000 in taxes and collected 9000 ‘paras’ of grain from tenants annually, fortified his house with around 40 security men. With several disgruntled tenants under him, he was expecting an attack.

His securitymen did succeed in resisting all attacks until the fag end of the revolt, a few…


When Joe Biden won US presidency, quite a few centrists here too cheered for him, seemingly unaware of the fact that nothing changes as far as US foreign policy is concerned, whoever may be at the top. The interventions and shady deals would continue as before, clearly evident in the smooth pullout by US troops and swift takeover by the Taliban terrorists, in a country which US has occupied for two decades.

Taliban won’t have any problems in carrying out business with the US, since they owe much of their birth and growth to the US, which used them as…


Quite a lot of propaganda is being spread, even through mainstream media, claiming that the Communists are celebrating independence day for the first time. Some basic reading of Indian history would have helped them know that AKG, who was still in jail on August 15, 1947, had hoisted the national flag in jail.

This is what AKG wrote in his autobiography on that day (Quoted by Sitaram Yechury in a speech some years back) — “On August 14, 1947 I was in solitary confinement in the big Cannanore jail. The whole country was waiting for the celebration due after sunrise…


One of the many propaganda points used by the Malayalam movie 'Kuruthi' is in making the claim that Muslims have desecrated a temple somewhere in Kerala. The young saffron extremist in the film commits a murder as retaliation. Now, this would make a lay viewer assume that such temple desecrations might have happened for real, which the movie might be refering to.

But, if you look at the recent history of temple desecrations in the state, you will find that in both these cases (in 2017 and 2019), the accused are saffron men, who did it with an aim to…


The results of the latest Seroprevalence survey are out at a time when a major propaganda overdrive is happening nationwide to paint Kerala as a failure in containing COVID-19. Everyone from the average north Indian internet sanghi to the saffron propagandists of Times Cow news channel are working actively behind this propaganda. However, the Union health ministry’s own sero survey shows that Kerala was able to detect 1 in every 6 COVID-19 cases. …


On the #pegasus files

Early this year, Arsenal Consulting, an American cyber forensics firm, revealed that some of India's most well-known activists and intellectuals were jailed in the Bhima Koregaon case based on evidence planted in their laptops by you-know-who. The news created hardly a ripple in the Indian society. Recently, when Stan Swamy was institutionally murdered, this came up again and was mentioned mostly as an afterthought towards the end of some news reports.

In a different time, in a different place, this shocking revelation would have been enough for the Government to fall, because the implications of such evidence planting are huge…


Father Stan Swamy, who for decades fought for tribal rights in the country's hinterlands, passed away today, months after the heartless Modi Government jailed him on fabricated charges at the age of 84. The fact that he was suffering from Parkinson's disease when he was arrested was not enough to move the agencies or the judiciary to let him live in peace.

The Elgar Parishad case will rank as one of the scariest attempts by a Government to frame activists, scholars, intellectuals and journalists using planting of evidence. Arsenal Consulting, a US-based digital forensics consulting company, had earlier this year…


The Karnataka State IT/ITeS Employees Union has won an important victory for IT sector employees. It went to the Bangalore Labour Court on behalf of an employee of Wipro Technologies, who was forced to resign. The Court has ordered that the employee be reinstated with continuity of service and full back wages.

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Not so long back, a large number of IT employees used to look down upon the concept of trade unions. Thanks to the constant propaganda against unionising in mainstream media and cinema, unions have been turned into symbols of inefficiency and as forces working against development, which…


March 18, 7.10 p.m.

Two UP-based businessmen purchase a piece of land in Ayodhya for Rs.2 crore

March 18, 7.15 p.m.

The two businessmen sell the same piece of land to Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra for Rs.18 crores.

Both transactions had the same witnesses — BJP leader and Ayodhya Mayor Rishikesh Upadhyay and Ram Janmabhoomi trust member Anil Mishra.

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In the last one year, amid all the hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic, when lakhs of people lost their jobs, shares of of Adani Enterprises have risen more than 10-fold, while Adani Transmission shares have gained more than eight-fold and…

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