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Conversing With Gandhi in Digital India

This was published on Gandhi’s death anniversary this year, Jan 30 2017. Here is the link. Below is an extract: In a documentary on the making of the movie, Attenborough expressed phenomenal admiration for one of young Gandhi’s most profound insights: “It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honored… Continue reading Conversing With Gandhi in Digital India

Politics · Public health

Ranks 143 and 149 in 188 Nations: What India and Pakistan Have Lost Through Decades-Long Military Quests

This article, batting for peace and human improvement in the South Asian region, was published in Scroll.in on Oct 2 2016. Here is the link. Below is an excerpt: When one looks at such data, one realizes how hollow the self-congratulatory attitudes of Indian and Pakistani citizens are. It is amazing to see how a… Continue reading Ranks 143 and 149 in 188 Nations: What India and Pakistan Have Lost Through Decades-Long Military Quests

History India South Asia · Politics · Recommended movies, books etc. · Religion

Ram Guha and the Idea of India

As an Indian citizen, the present times give me much cause for worry. Just when we thought Indian society is on the way to getting more mature in terms of prioritizing issues, there has been an unfortunate rise of low-level politics and intolerant societal attitudes. The ‘idea of India’ has suffered from numerous setbacks. It is… Continue reading Ram Guha and the Idea of India

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Tolerance 101 for “Grown-Up Kids” in Today’s Alarming Times

(This article was published by Huffington Post India on Aug 8, on this page.) Arnab Goswami has once again uttered outrageous stuff. Though not unusual for him, this time the absurdity of his comments has reached dangerous levels. Now while my baser human instincts urge me to aggressively lambast him, I, like many in this country,… Continue reading Tolerance 101 for “Grown-Up Kids” in Today’s Alarming Times

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‘The Story of Civilization’ by C.E.M. Joad – A Sweet Short Profound Book

“… being civilized mean[s] making and liking beautiful things, thinking freely, and living rightly and maintaining justice equally between man and man. Man has a better chance today to do these things than he ever had before.” CEM Joad’s The Story of Civilization is one of the best examples of the cliche that awesome things come in small… Continue reading ‘The Story of Civilization’ by C.E.M. Joad – A Sweet Short Profound Book

History India South Asia · Politics

Gandhi and Chauri Chaura, and What We Can Learn From It Today

Reproducing this from my Facebook post: This February an important anniversary went past us without much commemoration: the withdrawal of the Non-cooperation Movement by Gandhi in Feb 1922. While many alternative theories are put forward to explain why Gandhi withdrew such a ‘successful’ anti-colonial movement (including the assumption that he was ‘protecting capitalist interests’), it… Continue reading Gandhi and Chauri Chaura, and What We Can Learn From It Today

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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