To new beginnings

To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour. ~ William Blake The year sets a humble end. A year of upheaval, of pain, of struggle, joys and learning. The biggest thing that comes to mind is people. This was a year of vibrant people reaching for the stars. A few caught them, most fell…

"To new beginnings"

Learning from DGP V Dinesh Reddy

Ah… it is that time of the year when pesky women wear tantalizing clothes and the poor section of the human population infected with penises is helpless to prevent said penises dragging them onto rape scenes. Andhra Pradesh director general of police (DGP) V. Dinesh Reddy is the latest to take a hallowed place of honor to raise awareness about these little understood appendages that attach themselves to a significant part of the population and…

"Learning from DGP V Dinesh Reddy"

A Derailed Andolan

It was with much admiration that I had raised my voice in support of Anna when he first articulated my frustration with the government. It seemed like a David versus Goliath folly, yet there he was, ready to fast in protest of corruption. He and his team had a draft of a Lokpal Bill. It would create an ombudsman with the power to investigate and prosecute corruption among the elected politicians. Quixotic and astonishingly ambitious,…

"A Derailed Andolan"

Donation request – Truth or scam?

A man just came to the door. Said he was registering “everybody’s” name for polio. I told him Nisarga’s name. He said he wanted mine. Mine? What for? He handed me a register. It had a list of names of various women from our building with amounts next to them. So I asked him, what were the amounts. He said they were donations for poor people to get polio. Now polio dose is free in…

"Donation request – Truth or scam?"

The fun and profit approach to anti-corruption

There is big attention to corruption these days. People are exhorted to stop supporting corruption, to blow the whistle when they witness corruption, etc. At the same time, after much noise, few are actually doing it. After much thinking, I concluded that it was because: Corruption provides some advantage. Corruption makes things easier by bypassing lengthier processes. Bribes allow an unfavorable authority to be converted into a more pleasing one. Most people dislike being in…

"The fun and profit approach to anti-corruption"

What to do in case of a nuclear accident – Learning from Fukushima

Most people really have little clue about what they can do in case of a nuclear accident. Research and surveys conducted in Japan after the Fukushima meltdowns revealed that many people didn’t really know what they could do, and exposure to radiation among citizens could have been significantly lower if they knew what was safe, what wasn’t and what they could do to protect themselves better. The widespread disinformation about radiation being harmless to certain…

"What to do in case of a nuclear accident – Learning from Fukushima"