On Migration

Perhaps the most memorable analysis on the arbitrariness of geographical borders comes, not from Isaac Newton (who, to his credit, did mourn that, “we build too many walls and not enough bridges”) but from everyone’s favourite contemporary commentator, Jaden Smith, who once famously tweeted that he was “Currently Going Through Customs Even Though (he) Was… Read more »

What We (Don’t) Talk About When We Talk About Migration

When we talk about migration, we eschew names in favour of statistics. We build narratives surrounding the record-setting numbers of refugees and migrants. We quantify the lost lives. Lost livelihoods. Dwindling resources. We don’t talk about the real people behind this data, because it’s easier to conjure up sympathy for large numbers. What we don’t… Read more »

Human Migratory Quandaries

Migration, seasonal movement from one region to another. Surely this word encapsulates much more than mere movement from one place to another. Far more than just moving. It might be very easy to call humans as migration friendly species, before probing into the not-so-friendly past of human migration. Turning back to a few thousand years,… Read more »

Devil’s Advocate: Ram Jethmalani

A huge reception greeted renown lawyer and politician Ram Jethmalani as he addressed a capacity crowd in the final session of this year’s ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival. Shobhaa De introduced the ‘legal legend’ as ‘delightful, incorrigible and impossible.’ Jethmalani was voted on Quora, a question and answer website, as the ‘most badass lawyer in India.’ His recent biography, written by Susan Adelman, was also… Read more »