I have been stunned by the alarming development in India’s political fiasco i.e. the rising vigilantism under the shed of cow protection inter alia the rise of gau rakshaks (“cow protectors”). But do we really need cow protectors? If yes, then what should cow protectors be protecting? If their pseudo-moral responsibility is limited to the protection of cows then how did this vigilantism resulted in the death of a human? Continue reading
There is an urgent need to bring politics, business, and science together in the times of deglobalisation. One wonders if we might ever appoint a businessman as our top diplomat. Imagine Mukesh Ambani
Sharad Pawar (India’s richest man), running India’s diplomatic business and sitting in the cabinet committee. Quite unlikely! Continue reading
In the month of November 2016, the demonetisation of Rs. 1000 and Rs. 500 currency notes in India led common men through troubled times. In the wake of opposition and rising voices of dissent, the government changed its stance from citing black money as a reason to aiming for a cashless society. But the vision of people effortlessly swiping away on their smartphones to make their daily purchase is light years away from reality. Continue reading
In democracy, when the state forms the rules for us, they also need to specify the intentions behind that rule-making. When there is an ambiguity in these intentions, it is natural for the individual interpretations to rise and lead to conflicts.
Democracy, Autonomy and Identity Politics!
“Identity politics is a political style and ideology that focuses on the issues relevant to various groups defined by a wide variety of shared personal characteristics, including, but not limited to, race, religion, sex, gender, ethnicity, ideology, nationality, sexual orientation, gender expression, culture, shared history, medical conditions, and other of the many ways in which people differ from each other, and into which they may be classified or classify themselves.”
It refers to the individual interpretations of various social norms existing today in the society, which by and large is the reason behind the upheaval of major conflicts in India. We being one of the largest democracy in the world along with prevailing diversity in terms of religion, culture, ethnicity, region and various other factors, are immensely affected by this kind of school of politics.
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There are a few institutions of higher education in India, wherewith only a handful of them nurture talent and produce research of global recognition. When institutions of quality learning and research are scarce, would it be justified on restricting the entry in them? Or would it be justified to consider reducing the number of admission to these students? Continue reading
Cut me and I’ll bleed chocolate. I am an outright chocolate fan and a self-proclaimed expert with an exquisite taste. No matter how broke I am, I cannot desist from trying out new chocolates. This happens so frequently, that at times I end up only having chocolates for dinner.
This time around, returning from work I took a detour to avoid the usual Delhi- traffic. While passing through a metro station I stopped by a chocolate shop. I doubt if anybody with a sane mind would ignore a chocolate shop. After all, chocolate is a daily essential with massive nutritional values. You don’t believe me! Check out the nutritional values in the Nestle- Kit-Kat Chunky.
I predict that if there ever is another world war, it will be for oil/ chocolates. Luckily, I am no U.S.A. and the shop was no Iraq. Continue reading