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Articles by: Pratap Antony

For Madhu: In Memory

For Madhu: In Memory

Headline: Adivasi Youth Beaten to death in Kerala – An adivasi youth Madhu (27) was beaten to death by settlers in the Adivasi heartland of Attapady, Kerala, for allegedly stealing food. The murderers took selfies with the victim and posted on social media. Countercurrents.org — February 23, 2018 in Human Rights Ancient people Exult in the forest, the land, the[Read More…]

Participation Is Good Citizenship: The Pledge – Kicking Off 2018

Participation Is Good Citizenship: The Pledge – Kicking Off 2018

Most of us have been brought up to believe that we’d be damn fools to think any differently from the way everybody else thinks. We are brought up to conform and not call attention to ourselves or our views. Independent thinking is considered neither good for our own welfare, nor for anybody else. We are consciously taught that our course[Read More…]

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We Keep Ourselves Peaceful

We Keep Ourselves Peaceful

Every action produces an effect and every effect
in turn becomes a cause and produces still further
effects, and causes, and effects, and causes, and
effects and causes…
Like spreading ripples of water

Environmentalists Are Earth’s Antibodies

Environmentalists Are Earth’s Antibodies

        An antibody is a protein produced by the body’s immune system when it detects harmful substances, called antigens (bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses) and chemicals. Many of us conceive of nature as a boundless resource to be exploited without any consequence. But, the natural world is vulnerable and our natural resources are precious and finite. Changing climates are[Read More…]

Saving Our Planet With Reciprocal Altruism

Saving Our Planet With Reciprocal Altruism

 “The only choice left to us is to decide how much worse we are willing to let things get. We still have time to save, or restore, a large part of the gentle and benevolent environment that has made our lives possible. We can’t, however, do it easily. We can’t do it at all without at the same time making[Read More…]

Living My Own Religion

Living My Own Religion

“Believe in everything, nothing is sacred. Believe in nothing, everything is sacred” Quote ~ Tom Robbins in ‘Even Cowgirls Get The Blues’ Man needs religion. Religion needs man. This is a generally accepted axiom. There are myriad religious practices, rituals and rites, and different regional belief systems called ‘faiths’, at least 10,000 of them in the world. According to various[Read More…]

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Feeling blue

Alleviating AFSS: Acute Financial Stress Syndrome

For a few weeks recently, I woke up every day with a headache, body ache, slight fever, sinus congestion, acid reflux and inability to concentrate on anything for long. Why this was happening was a miserable mystery. There was no need for all these symptoms of physical illness to arise simultaneously as my health is otherwise good. I then realised[Read More…]

Epitaph For Gauri Lankesh

Epitaph For Gauri Lankesh

”I will do what i can and I will say
What I should. These intolerant voices
Find strength in our silence.
Let them learn to argue using words
instead of threats”

Demonetisation

Demonetisation

To hunt crocodiles, the pond was dried.
No crocodiles were found because they can live on land too.
But all the small fish died.

Consuming Passions And Environment

Consuming Passions And Environment

    “Runaway growth in consumption in the past fifty years is putting strains on the environment never before seen.” The United Nations’ Human Development Report 1998 (UNDP Report) WHEN WILL WE EVER LEARN – LAMENT When will we ever learn? That “conspicuous consumption” only satisfies our shallow need for positive appraisal, self-esteem and Identity. That happiness is not the result of[Read More…]

All We Like Sheep Are Being Led Astray

All We Like Sheep Are Being Led Astray

  “Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.” ― Bertrand Russell We are often taken aback by the vehemence with which our friends, associates and acquaintances disagree with our observations, especially while discussing the political motivation of politicians. We are also surprised by their loyal devotion to the[Read More…]

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I’d Rather Be ‘Intellectual’ Than Stupid

Politicians, once they come to power, blame ‘intellectuals’ and ‘liberals’ for slowing down their bid for absolute control and power over all of us citizens. Politicians use the words ‘Intellectual’ and ‘liberal’ to malign, belittle and disparage social thinkers and independent minded social commentators who differ and disagree with them. Social commentators and all those who do not agree with[Read More…]

Who’s Afraid Of Aadhaar UID?

Who’s Afraid Of Aadhaar UID?

     Political corruption is a manipulation of policies, institutions and rules of procedure in the allocation of resources and financing by political decision makers, who abuse their position to sustain their power, status and wealth. www.transparency.org It was around midnight, and the family was having their late, last supper. As the clock struck twelve, they heard the dreaded midnight knock![Read More…]

The Truth About Our Acceptance Of Manufactured Truth

The Truth About Our Acceptance Of Manufactured Truth

     Post-truth, a dubious compound word has been officially recognised and admitted into the Oxford dictionary in 2016 thereby acknowledging its legitimacy. Shamefully, our acceptance of this word into our vocabulary is in truth a measure of our moral inadequacy, because it shows that we are willing to conform, play the game and allow public deceit and political dishonesty to[Read More…]

Demonetisation: The Poor Don’t Matter Except To Buy Votes

Demonetisation: The Poor Don’t Matter Except To Buy Votes

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded. Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed. Everybody knows that the war is over. Everybody knows the good guys lost. Everybody knows the fight was fixed: the poor stay poor, the rich get rich. That’s how it goes. Everybody knows. Leonard Cohen Everybody knows that the elected party governing India wants to decimate all[Read More…]