An objection against the Women Writers Fest 2017

Women Writers Fest 2017 is being organized by SheThePeople.TV and Vedica Scholars Programme for women. I saw a link being shared online and visited their site and found the description and agenda of the programme to be extremely patronizing about women achievers. I object to such programmes being conducted and promoted in the name of any good done for women. Here is their agenda. Completely devoid of any time devoted to the writing accomplishments of women…

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Grape season in peril in Nashik due to demonetisation

End of January marks the grape harvest season around Nashik. After falling prices after demonetisation led farmers to slash down standing tomato crops last month to make way for emergency sowing of wheat to eat, hope had rested on the grape crop coming up. However for all the reports in media about farmers adopting cashless methods and grape exports and what not, the ground reality remains grim. Here is a report from the Maharashtra Times.…

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Pension held hostage by Aadhaar

A senior citizen describes his ordeal when he is asked to submit his Aadhaar if he wants to continue receiving pension, followed by his scramble to get an Aadhaar card made. Note: there are many instances of the government making Aadhaar mandatory as well as instances of various authorities and service providers requiring Aadhaar or refusing, even in the absence of it being officially mandatory – for example, getting a disability certificate. This results in…

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Some absurd arguments in favor of Jallikattu ban

As the jallikattu debate heats up and protests rage in Tamil Nadu, there are a lot of ignorant arguments being made in favor of the ban. Trying to dispel some of them. Bulls are not naturally aggressive There is also this absurd Facebook video doing the rounds to “prove” it. This Teacher Showed The True Cruelty Of Bullfighting Say no to bullfighting! Posted by The Holidog Times on 20hb Disember 2016 This video is an…

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Response from Dr Manilal Valliyate of Animal Rahat on the #Jallikattu posts

Animal Rahat is a sister concern of PETA. Dr Manilal Valliyate heads Animal Rahat and has added the following response to the ongoing discussion (article my me on Jallikattu, Response by Poorva Joshipura, CEO of PETA, my response to that article): Hi Vidyut, Apologies for taking this long to get back to you. Introducing myself, I am a veterinarian who worked for nearly two decades trying to improve the welfare of animals in India, particularly working…

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Behavior of bulls in jallikattu videos – my response to PETA India

I am neither defending nor opposing jallikattu. Nor do I intend this to be an adverserial discussion. Bear with me, it is slightly long. The downside of describing behavior of bulls to those not trained to see it is that each picture seems to take a thousand words. My response to the response by Poorva Joshipura, CEO of PETA India to my article on Jallikattu.  While I don’t agree with PETA India’s view about the ban, I…

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