January 2018

 To Stop Wasting Heartbeats

"At present, virtually all schools are preparing students for a future which will be unrecognizable, not acknowledging the social or environmental 'deadlines' that will dominate their lives." -- One of…

A Treacherous Crossing

  On January 23rd an overcrowded smuggling boat capsized off the coast of Aden in Southern Yemen. Smugglers packed 152 passengers from Somalia and Ethiopia in the boat and then,…

Real Resistance Has Consequences

"The NGO-ization of politics threatens to turn resistance into a well-mannered, reasonable, salaried, 9-to-5 job. With a few perks thrown in." -- Arundhati Roy What Arundhati Roy says about NGOs…

What Being Effective Looks Like

Occasionally, there are things that can be done in Congress that actually accomplish something. Let me tell you about my successful effort to audit the Federal Reserve. Wall Street didn’t…

Remembering Gandhi

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhiwas born before 148 years ago on October 2, 1869. The young Gandhi grew to manhood in the state of Gujarat, where the impact of the West was…

Appeasing The Terrorists

The last few months has seen open threats by Karni sena towards release of the movie ‘Padmavati’. They indulged in destroying film equipments, torching the movie, burning the poster sets…

High Bred For Goodness

I had a dog once, Olivia. She came out of championship ancestors in Brazil. Her ultimate ancestry came out of Newfoundlands and she was gorgeous looking and acting, a lab.…

Can Cows Help The Poor?

  The penchant of development agencies for high-yielding cows has never abated. Whenever relief measures are planned for drought-affected families in villages, free cows are considered the best aid. I…

From Degrowth To De-Globalization

The rise of far-right globalization criticism requires a new role for the Degrowth movement. ‘Progressive De-Globalization‘ could be the counter-project that is urgently needed. After the German and Austrian elections,…

Is Indian Democracy Turning Into Mobocracy?

            India’s democracy, social setup and secularism is in grave danger.  And this danger has become more visible now. The pace with which Indian society is indoctrinated with the hatred…

Development Landscape Needs A Fresh Lens

One of the most dispiriting features of modern development discourse is the strong influence of elitism. One of the pitfalls of elitism is that it places a disproportionate value on…

 Trump Officially Restores Cold War

On January 20th, CBS News bannered “Terrorism no longer the military's top priority, Mattis says” and opened: “There is a major change in U.S. military strategy. On Friday, more than…

Women Head India’s Village Republics

  Not long after Nirmala Geghate took over as sarpanch in Wanoja, a remote hamlet in northern Maharashtra, groups of young men stopped hanging out in front of the   shop…

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