poverty

Depression and suicidal thoughts
Knowledge
Personal

Contemplating suicide

Suicide is a taboo subject for conversation. Particularly what makes a person want to commit suicide or what to say in the face of their pain.

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Thermal Plants want water, farmers need it
Media
National

Drought and Farmer Suicides 101 for Manu Joseph

Not sure how to do this, given that this is a data free hatchet job by Manu Joseph. So it isn’t like he is claiming that his absurd claims are backed by data to begin with. Still, because I’m irritated enough, doing a limited take down of yet another attempt to trivialize the gravity and […]

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Tribal women at Weekly Village Market of Farasgaon (Bastar)
Agriculture
Democracy
Human rights

Bastar Needs You

Bastar. An abstract name of some strange place where there is Naxalism. And therefore a place to be avoided, to be dreaded and mostly ignored. Not a land of a people who love, have children, earn livelihoods, make houses, sing, dance and celebrate. Not a land of everyday interpersonal conflicts, a tiff with a neighbour, […]

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johari window
Democracy
Economic inequality
Hindutva
Radicalization

Inciting contempt for identities as human rights activism

There is an article in a blog dedicated to Dalit rights activism titled “How should a Brahmin-Savarna respond to a Dalit voice?” I took exception to it on Twitter and ended up breaking India’s “laws” on how Dalits should be spoken to. This apparently means I am a Brahmin supremacist. Some things upfront. I have […]

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Indian flag photographic collage
Democracy
Environment
National

What independence Day? The freedom struggle isn’t over!

It is the day for cute messages and wearing your patriotism on the sleeve. It is a day that has increasingly lost meaning for me. We got independence from the British Raj. That was 68 years ago. Are we free? What does independence mean? Was #India really racist enough to think that we needed the […]

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