Articles by: Pitamber Kaushik

Modi’s War on Science

Modi’s War on Science

2019 was a mixed year for Indian Science and Technology. The bittersweet Chandrayaan-2 Mission was a partial failure in the absolute sense, but a success in the relative terms. The PSLV-C44, Kalam SAT, Microsat-R, CARTOSAT and Mission Shakti were major leaps in aerospace engineering. India also became the world’s third-largest producer of Scientific articles, according to NSF statistics. However, there were several steps back as[Read More…]

July 1, 2020 India
Why the award of the 2019 Physics Nobel hearkens back to Meghnad Saha

Why the award of the 2019 Physics Nobel hearkens back to Meghnad Saha

  The Nobel Prize in Physics 2019 was awarded “for contributions to our understanding of the evolution of the universe and Earth’s place in the cosmos” with one half to James Peebles “for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology”, the other half jointly to Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz “for the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star.” It recognised[Read More…]

January 4, 2020 Life/Philosophy
How Indian Media reported the Solar Eclipse

How Indian Media reported the Solar Eclipse

The Media is tasked with the responsibility of making people aware. Besides being the watchdog of democracy, it should also conscientiously serve as the watchdog of upholdment of Constitutional values and directives enshrined in the constitution such as the Fundamental Duties. Acting on this lines, journalists in developing countries, as the creme-de-la-creme educated intelligentsia also act as diligent instruments of[Read More…]

January 2, 2020 India
A Harmless Anecdote of a Frivolous Quarrel

A Harmless Anecdote of a Frivolous Quarrel

The Oudh Public School was hosting a modelling clay workshop. The eve of the event found next-door neighbours and best friends Ram Lal and Rahim Babbar embroiled in a particularly harsh squabble. Mere minutes into the event, an apparent dispute had emerged. Ram was of the opinion that he was the rightful owner of the piece of clay that his[Read More…]

November 20, 2019 India
Did Rama eat meat, and why is it relevant to contemporary India?

Did Rama eat meat, and why is it relevant to contemporary India?

What does the Valmiki Ramayana tell us about Non-Vegetarianism of its protagonist and deuteragonists? “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”                  ~George Orwell (Ninteen Eighty-four) The Rāmāyana is the world’s second longest poetic composition, after another Hindu epic, the Mahābhārata.  The mythological epic poem narrates[Read More…]

October 12, 2019 Arts/Literature
Interview with Sanjukta Basu, feminist writer and polymath

Interview with Sanjukta Basu, feminist writer and polymath

Ms. Sanjukta Basu is a writer, photographer, analyst, blogger, fervent microblogger, freelance journalist, commentator, academic, an avid traveller, a social crusader, and a feminist scholar. She’s a TED Fellow and Founder of Samyukta Media, a pioneering social media dissemination, and outreach organisation. She’s one of the first women in India to extensively write on politics, and avant-garde issues, both in[Read More…]

May 11, 2019 Life/Philosophy
What Did Rabindranath Tagore Think About Islam?

What Did Rabindranath Tagore Think About Islam?

Rabindranath Tagore, the preeminent Bard of the Orient was the mercurial mystic and polymath whose repertoire was unprecedented in proliferation. Transcending to a legendary status, whilst living, Tagore created a teeming ecosystem of art, literary, musical and fine, and wholly constituted an entire era and genre in Bengali art and culture. Such was the influence of Tagore, a man who,[Read More…]

May 7, 2019 India