Diversity

Sexual orientations, homosexuality, bisexuality, asexuality and need for dialogue 1

Sexual orientations, homosexuality, bisexuality, asexuality and need for dialogue

Sexual orientations are a complex subject that keeps getting more complex with time. Gone are the days of surprise on hearing someone is gay or lesbian or the word homosexual in a country where “s-e-x” being said openly was frowned on. Then we heard of bisexuality. From there to LGBT was almost instantaneous with many …

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A world in which empathy is evaporating - Be the change series 2

A world in which empathy is evaporating – Be the change series

It cannot be doubted that it is a world of increasing intolerance. The space for diversity is decreasing everywhere, though the most obvious aspects are those with implications on human rights of large segments of populations and have a political context. This is convenient, because if someone else – say the political system or the …

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The Riddle of Independence day of India

Challenging the Metanarrative Of Indian Independence Struggle. A historian ought to be exact, sincere and impartial; free from passion, unbiased by interest, fear, resentment or affection; and faithful to the truth, which is the mother of history the preserver of great actions, the enemy of oblivion, the witness of the past, the director of the …

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Atheism, rationalism, free speech and communalism #NotInMyName 4

Atheism, rationalism, free speech and communalism #NotInMyName

It is rare that one needs to speak up as an atheist and disown the speech or behavior of other atheists as communal hatred. Atheists are usually the smallest minority anywhere and where there is communal violence, they are usually on the receiving end, so the question of atheists being perpetrators of communal hatred rarely …

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Bull taming at jallikattu, Allangur, India

Jallikattu is not bullfighting – it needs its own debate

I have refrained from commenting on jallikattu for a long time, mainly because I don’t have any real experience or concrete insight on the subject (yes, that does prevent me from making opinions known). However, after several debates, reading up, arguments and a lot of thinking, I can definitely say that a middle way needs …

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Keeping count of dissenting voices

Writers Speak Up against the Unmaking of India “A distinguished Kannada writer and Sahitya Akademi Award winner, M.M. Kalburgi, and two Maharashtrians, Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare, both anti-superstition activists, have all been killed by gun-toting motor-cyclists. Other dissenters have been warned they are next in line. Most recently, a village blacksmith, Mohammed Akhlaq, was …

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Kunbi Boys on Stilts during Pola festival in 1916

Identity, discrimination, caste and why I call myself a Brahmin

Identity is a fundamental part of our being. We have many simultaneous identities. Some are circumstances of birth or life, others are conferred by something we do, still others fall somewhere in between. These identities indicate similarities among certain groups of people and are broad stereotypes that help us understand and relate better. For example, it …

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Blindsided by Big Numbers: Looking Beyond Electoral Wins

tr.v. blind·sid·ed, blind·sid·ing, blind·sides. 1. To hit or attack on or from the blind side. 2. To catch or take unawares, especially with harmful or detrimental results Too much of a good thing, as the idiom goes, is bad. Excessively bright light can be more blinding than pitch darkness. The glare of the limelight, another …

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Declaration of the Organic Farmers community of India at the 5th National Organic Farmers’ Convention

March 2, 2015 Declaration of the Organic Farmers community of India at the 5th National Organic Farmers’ Convention, 2015, Chandigarh, India The organic farming community of this country, represented in strength by over 2500 participants at this fifth National Organic Farming Convention, pledges to carry forward with renewed strength our endeavour to mainstream agro-ecological farming …

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