History · History of Medicine · Medicine & Doctors

When India’s ‘National Doctor’ Was Denied Service By an American Restaurant

I wrote this article on the occasion of National Doctors’ Day in India (July 1). It was published in ‘thewire.in’. Here is the link. Below is an excerpt: Satyajit Ray and Pather Panchali – Satyajit Ray had to struggle to fund his film Pather Panchali, later on a world-famous venture. After several dead-ends, his mother… Continue reading When India’s ‘National Doctor’ Was Denied Service By an American Restaurant

Cinema & Bollywood · Culture & Life · Politics

‘Achhut Kanya’ To ‘Sairat’: Tracing Love And Caste, 80 Years Apart

The recent movie ‘Sairat’, while being wildly entertaining, also did a commendable social job of enlightening people about the ultimate cruelty and futility of our society’s general opposition to inter-caste relationships. Way back in 1936, a movie touching on the same aspects had become one of Indian cinema’s first huge blockbusters: Achhut Kanya. In this… Continue reading ‘Achhut Kanya’ To ‘Sairat’: Tracing Love And Caste, 80 Years Apart

Culture & Life · Politics

Dear Privileged Lower Caste Folks, It’s Time We Gave Up Our Quotas

This article was published in the Huffington Post on 26 Feb 2016. Here is the link. An excerpt: But we do need to ask ourselves, as citizens of India, if we have played our part well. Much social friction and hostility occur due to building up of resentment over time. As was obvious during the… Continue reading Dear Privileged Lower Caste Folks, It’s Time We Gave Up Our Quotas