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Reflections on an overdue farewell

Asthi Visarjan

This morning, my mother woke me up telling me that my father was no longer breathing. It wasn’t entirely unexpected. He was suffering from Parkinsons and had deteriorated rapidly in recent times. And he had suffered. Coming awake in a hurry, I checked him. No breath, no pulse, he was still warm. My mother had …

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

Kunbi Boys on Stilts during Pola festival in 1916

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 …

Maharashtra GR on Adventure Sports welcome, but raise concerns

Outdoor education

A long overdue step toward bringing in standards in advenure sports took off when the Government of Maharashtra issued norms as a Government Resolution applicable to individuals and organizations offering adventure tours. While the initial rules are better than expected, largely due to trekking organizations impleading themselves into the case by Anil Mahajan that led …

Environmental fraud by Tavleen Singh

Photo of the damaged banks from Uttarakhand floods

An article by Tavleen Singh in the Indian Express is accurately named Environmental fraud, though it is rare for such transparency of intent to be declared upfront. I do appreciate the legitimate opportunity to pun “Environmental Fraud by Tavleen Singh” when introducing the article. Considering that the article is an umbrella attack on the legitimacy …