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The Gorakhpur tragedy and Nero’s guests

Child deaths due to oxygen cut off at Gorakhpur

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 …

A Beginners Guide to Aadhaarspeak

Mahatma Gandhi dandi march

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 …

Geniuses in the Wild

An argument with a friend had be angrily declaring that schools are intellectual lobotomies and are turning a country with a rich heritage into the world’s backend, and then into nothing. My views on our education system are no secret, but I am no enemy of knowledge. I see the school system as a process …