Culture

Democracy
Women's rights

The gender war: To take sides or not?

Rape apologist is a term I have become very familiar with it. Every time there is an outrage on social media with accusations of rape or harassment made against a man, my refusal to join in or my questioning of the e-lynchings is interpreted as supporting crimes against women. Thankfully, I’m not particularly dependent on […]

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Child deaths due to oxygen cut off at Gorakhpur
General
National

The Gorakhpur tragedy and Nero’s guests

As I watch the Gorakhpur tragedy unfold, “Nero’s Guests”, a documentary by P Sainath, comes to my mind. It concludes with Sainath’s speech where he shares a piece of ancient history involving Nero, the infamous emperor of Rome. When Rome burnt and Nero could not control the fire, he decided to throw a party and […]

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Mahatma Gandhi dandi march
Aadhaar

A Beginners Guide to Aadhaarspeak

The Ministry of Peace concerns itself with war, the Ministry of Truth with lies, the Ministry of Love with torture and the Ministry of Plenty with starvation. These contradictions are not accidental, nor do they result from ordinary hypocrisy; they are deliberate exercises in doublethink. For it is only by reconciling contradictions that power can […]

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pregnant woman
Religion and Phiosophy

Garbha Sanskar: The “Emperor’s new clothes” business model

A garbha sanskar event organized in Kolkata got challenged in the High Court by doctors over its claims to create super babies. This is a most welcome development in a country fast drowning in superstition. There is a trend these days to sell superstition in the name of science. As though faith is not enough […]

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JaiKisan describes the challenges faced by Indian farmers
Agriculture
Best
Democracy

Why a tag like #JaiKisan is necessary

A Twitter tag #JaiKisan is attempting to educate Indians on the realities and conditions of farmers in India. Farmers produce the country’s food. They purchase inputs at retail prices, sell produce at wholesale prices. Unlike a lot of products, farm produce is relatively short lived and takes a long time to grow. A crash in prices basically […]

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