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Butalia’s ‘The Other Side of Silence’ – Human stories from the Partition of British India – 1

Over the next few weeks I will be reproducing some important passages from Urvashi Butalia’s landmark 1998 book about the human side (as against the political/social side) of the partition of British India in 1946-47: The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India. (Please read here the introduction to this book.) Today we… Continue reading Butalia’s ‘The Other Side of Silence’ – Human stories from the Partition of British India – 1

Culture & Life · Public health · Uncategorized

The ‘missing women’ of India

Amartya Sen introduced the term ‘missing women’, in the early 1990s, as a highly effective way of talking about the impact of gender discrimination in societies. This work is perhaps the finest example of Sen’s unique style of blending hard economics with ethics, social sensibilities, and humanitarianism, as well as advocating for social equality and… Continue reading The ‘missing women’ of India

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New Year’s resolutions for ‘frustrated’ Indians

India currently is in a weird situation with citizens going after citizens to ostensibly protect politicians and the nation. Hardly have we seen such a state of affairs before, where concerned and worried Indians are labeled anti-national and every blunder of the government is vehemently defended by a section of educated citizens. Through this post… Continue reading New Year’s resolutions for ‘frustrated’ Indians

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The ‘Nirman’ Initiative: The Happy Pursuit of Meaningfulness

This was published in The Wire on Sept 2, 2017. Here is the link, and below is an extract. “Our conventional education system… is mainly geared towards filling job vacancies, not sociopolitical vacuums. It is this serious deficiency that doctors and public health scientists Rani Bang and Abhay Bang decided to address about a decade… Continue reading The ‘Nirman’ Initiative: The Happy Pursuit of Meaningfulness

Culture & Life · History · Politics

We need to teach kids to feel responsible, not proud, to be Indian

This piece was published in The Wire on Independence Day 2017. Here is the link, and below is an extract: “While some may argue that it is possible to be ‘proud and responsible at the same time’, pride is too personal and egoistical to allow for the nuance that responsible citizenship entails. Besides, when we… Continue reading We need to teach kids to feel responsible, not proud, to be Indian

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How confirmation bias dictates our social media responses, and what to do about it

This was published in HuffPost India on May 22, 2017. Here is the link, and below is an extract: “As responsible digital citizens, we need to cautiously tread the maddeningly insane social media. Instead of jumping to conclusions about serious issues in a matter of seconds, we should make our conclusions only after weighing all… Continue reading How confirmation bias dictates our social media responses, and what to do about it

Culture & Life · Medicine & Doctors · Recommended movies, books etc.

WIth patients in India getting increasingly impatient with doctors, Paul Kalanithi’s memoir invites us to pause and think

This was published on May 15, 2017 in theWire.in. Here is the link, and below is an extract. The much-loved and much-reviewed When Breath Becomes Air is a unique autobiographical work by US neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi, a terminally ill doctor-turned-patient who died at age 36… It is useful reading for both the general public and… Continue reading WIth patients in India getting increasingly impatient with doctors, Paul Kalanithi’s memoir invites us to pause and think

Culture & Life · Medicine & Doctors · Public health

Transitioning from Delayed Death to Dignified Death, and How Kerala Shows the Way

This was published in Huffington Post India on March 20, 2017. Here is the link, and below is an excerpt: In our country, discussions over this most crucial trade-off rarely happen in communications between persons having terminal illness and their family (or doctors). To quote Gawande, modern medicine is good at staving off death with… Continue reading Transitioning from Delayed Death to Dignified Death, and How Kerala Shows the Way