George Orwell

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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Sant Rampal - a self proclaimed Godman
Democracy
Religion and Phiosophy

Some comments on the case of the self-declared Godman Rampal

“Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent, but the tests that have to be applied to them are not, of course, the same in all cases.” began George Orwell in his landmark essay “Reflections on Gandhi”. It is a good principle, to go by news reports. One such controversy raging these […]

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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 […]

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