March 12, 2011

The Best Indian Bloggers

I am wondering who they are. I can't find any compilation on the web. I am sure M. J. Akbar, Shashi Tharoor, Swaminathan Aiyar, and Chetan Bhagat, etc. would automatically be on any such list.

Of course, some of them may not have a personal blog. But I believe all thinkers should be open and daring and share their thoughts with the world at large. It's their noble responsibility to society.

We need robust exchanges of ideas to keep this a thriving civilization of new ideas. We need to hold everything up to scrutiny. Democracies consist of imperfect people in charge of institutions created only by the same imperfect humans.

I find M. J. Akbar's writings to be peerless. I want to offer my assessment that he's the best in contemporary India. His articles seem to be like perfectly formed marbles that need no further refinement. It's tough to even add a comment to his articles. What can one add beyond just saying something cliched like 'Perfect.'

Chetan Bhagat seems another contemporary writer who's deceptively dumb. His books tend to convey the point that this writer is a purveyor of low-brow literature. But clearly Chetan knows which way the wind is blowing and is doing a marvellous job of producing bestsellers ... which writer won't be envious of Chetan or Shoba De. How many writers can claim that pirated versions of their books get sold at traffic lights?

But certainly in a nation of 1,200 million people, the number of public intellectuals who are willing to stand up and swim against the current if need be is pitiably low. One feels envious of a country like America where you find so many alternatives ... you could be an avid reader of the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal and you'll find provocative opinion writers who have a point of view and are not afraid of expressing their opinions. One could go on naming the wide variety of other publications there as well.

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