Life/Philosophy

A platter of Jalebi opened a Pandora’s Box

A platter of Jalebi opened a Pandora’s Box

Last night before dinner as I was deep-frying a batch of my favorite jalebi for dessert, Saroo Brierley’s face came to mind. Afterwards I found the 2016 movie Lion from my CD collection and watched it in bits and pieces. It tells a riveting story of how a hopelessly lost 5-year-old Saroo ends up from the slums of Khandwa, a[Read More…]

by October 23, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Re-Organisation Of International Communist Movement

Re-Organisation Of International Communist Movement

Today the International Communist Movement faces a major task of averting the crisis within the International Communist Movement of re-organizing the Communist International. It is plagued by many trends like Trotskyism, Post-modernism, Revisionism, ‘Avakianisim’ as well as ‘Gonzalo thought.’ In 1984, without subjecting factors prevailing, the Revolutionary Internationalist Movement was formed. Without any sufficient development of Communist parties or Movement[Read More…]

by October 22, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Without Protest : On the meaning of Searching for Truth

Without Protest : On the meaning of Searching for Truth

According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the root of the verb protest is “to make a solemn declaration” or as a noun it refers to a pledge. Throughout The Story of My Experiments with Truth, Mohandas Gandhi notes the oaths he carried with him at various lengths. In Part One: Chapter VIII, he resolves to never steal again after he began[Read More…]

by October 22, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Cooking for the Soul – Pandemic Edition

Cooking for the Soul – Pandemic Edition

Co-Written by Betty Biju Varghese & Tanya Sadiza Do you often sit and marvel at videos of professional chefs making beautiful, mouth-watering dishes? Do you get this instant motivation to get up from that sofa and make a dish from scratch? Have you started cooking or mastering your culinary techniques during this pandemic? If you answered  “yes” to any of[Read More…]

by October 22, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Sanitizing agents: While keeping COVID away, are they paving way for AMR?

Sanitizing agents: While keeping COVID away, are they paving way for AMR?

Co-Written by Dr. Parul Malik, Prabhu Dutta Shaw and Dr. Arathi P Rao Sanitizing agents or biocides play an essential role in cleaning and disinfecting and are widely used for environmental and personal disinfection in both- the healthcare and the non-healthcare settings. They are also extensively used to disinfect the areas associated with food production and livestock, such as equipment,[Read More…]

by October 21, 2020 Life/Philosophy
‘If humanity is to progress, Gandhi is inescapable’

‘If humanity is to progress, Gandhi is inescapable’

Vaishnav jan to tene kahiye je Peed paraayi jaane re Par-dukhkhe upkaar kare toye Man abhimaan na aane re (Vaishnava) One who is a Vaishnav (Devotee of Vishnu) Knows the pain of others Does good to others without letting pride enter his mind. — Vaishnava-janatho-(With-English-Translation) It is a 600 years old devotional poem by Gujrati poet-saint Narsinh Mehta and we know[Read More…]

by October 21, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Sir Syed Ahmed – In the Footsteps of Raja Ram Mohan Roy

Sir Syed Ahmed – In the Footsteps of Raja Ram Mohan Roy

Raja Ram Mohan Roy (22 May 1772- 27 Sept., 1833), known as the “Maker of Modern India” and “Father of the Bengal Renaissance”, advocated the study of English, Science, Western Medicine and Technology. For this objective he established the Hindu College in Kolkata in 1817. His progressive views were bitterly opposed by the orthodox Hindus. However, after some years his[Read More…]

by October 21, 2020 Life/Philosophy
A Throwback To The Small-Town Puja

A Throwback To The Small-Town Puja

In our student days a large part of the year was consumed by three long spells of holidays. The year started after the Christmas vacations which were long, but not as long as the summer vacations in May-June. The Puja vacations were the shortest but in many ways the most exciting. Durga or Kali Puja in the small towns of[Read More…]

by October 21, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Sir Syed’s Vision And Aligarh Movement: Relevance In The Contemporary World

Sir Syed’s Vision And Aligarh Movement: Relevance In The Contemporary World

Time impacts everyone but there are very few who influence time and change the course of history. In the galaxy of 19th century Muslim Reformers, Sir Syed Ahmad khan holds a distinguished place. He was the man of great faculty and vision. Sir Syed was the owner of a multi-sided personality. He was a dignified intellectual, an eminent philosopher, a great[Read More…]

by October 20, 2020 Life/Philosophy
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” … They Know Not…”

  Our republic is being crucified by minions of evil portraying themselves as patriots. Yes, to all those like this writer who see through this Military Industrial Empire, regardless of which party runs it: The nails have been driven deeper than ever before! The far right push that began this Proto Fascist surge was baptized during the 1970s, culminated by[Read More…]

by October 18, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Paradigm shift in pedagogy for school teachers in 2020: A call for mental health literacy?

Paradigm shift in pedagogy for school teachers in 2020: A call for mental health literacy?

Co-Written by Dr. Arathi P Rao, Dr. Sudhamshi Beeram, Dr. Parul Malik and Dr. Urvashi Priyadarshini The fight against the threats of COVID -19 pandemic has profoundly impacted almost all sectors of mankind. The field of education is a deeply affected strata, with closures of educational institutions and emergency distance-learning plans turning the teachers’ routines and student interactions totally upside down.[Read More…]

by October 18, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Why Sir Syed Ahmad Khan’s Ideas are relevant today?

Why Sir Syed Ahmad Khan’s Ideas are relevant today?

Sir Syed Ahmad Khan (17 October 1817- 27 March 1898) holds significant importance in Indian history- as an educationist, historiographer, journalist, social reformer, and the founder of Mohammadan Anglo Oriental (MAO) College, which became Aligarh Muslim University in 1920. But this does not end here. He was, in real sense a catalyst for reconstruction of his community, an advocate of[Read More…]

by October 17, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Red-The Social Stigma

Red-The Social Stigma

Radhika a chirpy teenager, enters puberty. As she was dealing with the physical changes she was hit by a tsunami of blood in her pants; life was never the same thereafter. There was a one-hour lecture on the do’s and don’ts and  the rules and rituals to be followed, half of which were totally meaningless and could not be justified,[Read More…]

by October 16, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Thomas Sankara's revolutionary government regulated the mining sector, limiting multinational companies ability to plunder Burkina Faso's rich gold resources.

Thomas Sankara: An Icon Of Revolution

October 15, 2020, was Thomas Sankara’s 33rd death anniversary. On this day, he was murdered by imperialist forces at the tender age of 37. A Pan-Africanist, internationalist and Marxist, he was committed to the total liberation of the oppressed masses from the clutches of imperialism. Instead of bourgeoisie nationalism, Sankara believed in radical nationalism: a combination of anti-imperialist courage and unabashed[Read More…]

by October 16, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Teresa Rehman: The Heart of the ‘International Magazine with a North-eastern Soul’

Teresa Rehman: The Heart of the ‘International Magazine with a North-eastern Soul’

Teresa Rehman is a journalist with a difference. She is woman who feels and conquers with her pen. She does not hanker for anything more than being the spokesperson for voices in the remote areas of North-eastern India. In that spirit, she started her own magazine: The Thumb Print, and also wrote a couple of books which have found their way[Read More…]

by October 16, 2020 Life/Philosophy
To Rebel Against Necessity and More

To Rebel Against Necessity and More

“Compassion has no place in the natural order of the world, which operates on the basis of necessity.  The laws of necessity are as unexceptional as the laws of gravitation.  The human faculty of compassion opposes this order and is therefore best thought of as being in some way supernatural.  To forget oneself, however briefly, to identify with a stranger[Read More…]

by October 15, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Handwashing is something corona taught us ?

Handwashing is something corona taught us ?

October 15 is marked as Global handwashing day. Development agencies like UNICEF and WHO have been advocating it for many years now, and they starter marking this day, but were unable to reach masses, but with this Corona Virus, which taught all of us importance of handwashing and use of sanitizer. Use of sanitizer is new practice which people have[Read More…]

by October 15, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Frederick Douglass, Manchester & the Absence of Black History

Frederick Douglass, Manchester & the Absence of Black History

It is only down to the doggedness of the campaign to commemorate The Peterloo Massacre that this shorthand for violent state suppression has become so widely recognised. I’ve lived most of my life in Manchester and yet was in my late teens before I ever heard the term and can say from experience that I’m far from being the only[Read More…]

by October 13, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Once There Was A Sad King, Maradona By Name

Once There Was A Sad King, Maradona By Name

Diego Armando Maradona turns 60 on October 30.   “God is the only being who, in order to reign, doesn’t even need to exist.” – Charles Baudelaire. It is with these words that the renowned filmmaker Emir Kusturica’s ninety-minute documentary on the one and only Maradona begins. Kusturica’s film, structured like a ‘musical’, does more than what a hundred newspaper[Read More…]

by October 13, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Knowledge society, the ‘KAP GAP’ and the way forward

Knowledge society, the ‘KAP GAP’ and the way forward

Knowledge society, information society and industrial society are all interlinked concepts with  a particular ideology which places undue faith on science, technology and development. The origin of the terms especially knowledge society is attributed to various scholars culminating in the description of ‘post-industrial societies’ which depend on material production as a key to growth and human welfare. These conceptual developments[Read More…]

by October 13, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Macron’s Mission to “Liberate” Islam: A Long Continuing French Colonial Enterprise?

Macron’s Mission to “Liberate” Islam: A Long Continuing French Colonial Enterprise?

The Friday Sermon On Friday, October 2, 2020, the Muslim Jumma (Friday Congregation) prayer day,  French President Emmanuel Macron said this in a speech in the Western Paris suburb of Les Mureaux that “Islam is a religion that is in crisis all over the world today, we are not just seeing this in our country”. He further added that Islam[Read More…]

by October 12, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Modi must not be allowed to appropriate Bhai Taru Singh

Modi must not be allowed to appropriate Bhai Taru Singh

The Indian Prime Minister recently paid tribute to a Sikh martyr who laid down his life in defence of his faith. On the 300th birth anniversary of Bhai Taru Singh, Narendra Modi took to twitter to recall the sacrifice he made in 1745. Singh was arrested and tortured at the behest of a tyrant Mughal governor, Zakaria Khan. He was[Read More…]

by October 12, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Do Not Burn Books, Stop People Reading Them!

Do Not Burn Books, Stop People Reading Them!

‘You may burn my books and the books of the best minds in Europe, but the ideas those books contain have passed through millions of channels and will go on.’” Helen Keller, An Open Letter to German Students ‘Fahrenheit 451’ It was the name of a movie which had appeared in mid-sixties. ( 1966) The only English movie directed by[Read More…]

by October 12, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Salute to Professor S. Seshaiah

Salute to Professor S. Seshaiah

People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) salutes the life and activism of Professor S. Seshaiah who succumbed to Covid 19 on October 10, 2020 at Anantapur, Telangana. Professor Seshaiah began his active participation in politics from his student days in the 1970s and he was the State Joint Secretary of the Radical Students Union of Prakasam district of the then[Read More…]

Sheikh Matlub Ali: An Odia Icon of Hindu Muslim Unity

Sheikh Matlub Ali: An Odia Icon of Hindu Muslim Unity

Amidst the names of politicians crowded the columns of power corridors in history but in contemporary political and cultural firmaments of India, nobody can match Sheikh Matlub Ali of Odisha. He was born on 16th of December 1942 in a village called Dharoshyam Sundarpur, Sukleswar (Mahanga) in Cuttack district and studied in the famous Ravenshaw College, Odisha. His life was a[Read More…]

by October 10, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Remembering T Peter: Leader of India’s fish workers

Remembering T Peter: Leader of India’s fish workers

T Peter, General Secretary of the National Fishworkers Forum (NFF), passed away on 8 October 2020 from COVID-19 related complications in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. He was 62 years old. Peter fought for more than three decades, as a full time activist and union organizer, to empower India’s fishing communities. He played a critical role in advancing their struggles from the margins[Read More…]

by October 9, 2020 Life/Philosophy
A tribute to Late Paswanji

A tribute to Late Paswanji

Ramvilas Paswan, a senior minister in the Modi cabinet passed away due to a heart illness on Thursday. Members across the political spectrum bid a farewell to this leader who hails from Bihar. However, what was striking to me as a journalist was the manner in which various media outlets ran the story of Paswan’s passing away. Not to my[Read More…]

by October 9, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Che Guevara in the Congo in 1965. Wikimedia Commons

Remembering Che Guevara On 53rd Anniversary Of His Death

On 9 October, 1967, Che Guevara – one of the greatest revolutionaries ever known – was murdered in Bolivia under the orders of Washington. This death was foreseeable. In 1966, Che Guevara had left Cuba to wage an anti-imperialist struggle in the South American nation of Bolivia. The plan was to establish a mother column led by Che in Bolivia,[Read More…]

by October 9, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Do You Remember Appan Menon?

Do You Remember Appan Menon?

Years ago there used to be a pleasant face on Doordarshan by the name of Appan Menon. He very ably and effectively anchored a popular programme called The World This Week. It was a visual diary that kept track of events and individuals at home and abroad. Menon did not have the flamboyance of his colleague, Pranoy Roy, but his[Read More…]

by October 9, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The failure to accommodate Ram Vilas Paswan by Social justice parties in Bihar weakened secular movement

The failure to accommodate Ram Vilas Paswan by Social justice parties in Bihar weakened secular movement

Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan’s sudden demise last night has definitely created a big vacuum particularly if we speak Bihar politics. Paswan was a very seasoned leader, a powerful orator and a leader with the masses who broke many records while entering in Parliament. His record win from Hazipur and other constituencies in Bihar showed his grip over the masses.[Read More…]

by October 9, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Corbett Park Tourism

Corbett Park Tourism

The India Tourism byline is – Incredible India.  I agree. I encountered it. Here is what happened. In 2015, two dear friends of mine and I decided to go to Corbett National Park & Tiger Reserve – being one of my favorite places on earth. I am a lifelong wildlife enthusiast and photographer and ensure that I spend at least[Read More…]

by October 8, 2020 Life/Philosophy
New possibilities in  pedagogy: Some meandered musings

New possibilities in  pedagogy: Some meandered musings

During this pandemic period, virtuality has taken over many facets of our life and especially education although it could be a temporary phase. But the academic world may be realizing the immense potential as well as drawbacks of the virtual medium in the ‘give and take’ process of education. It is a near certainty that the hardest hit is pre-primary[Read More…]

by October 7, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Sigmund Freud – Revolutionary Leap – From ‘Cocaine Therapy’ To ‘Psychoanalysis’

Sigmund Freud – Revolutionary Leap – From ‘Cocaine Therapy’ To ‘Psychoanalysis’

(Context – UNFINISHED CASE STUDY- SUSHANT SINGH RAJPUT’S  ‘HALLUCINATIONS & KAFKA’S SPELL)                                     FRANZ KAFKA, METAMORPHOSIS, CRONUS (GOYA) MYTH, SIGMUND FREUD, SUSHANT SINGH Sushant Rajput’s demise at his Bandra House on 14th June 2020 has stirred up Indian TV Media, Facebook, Twitter Accounts, Social Media and has generated upheaval of sympathy, barrage of hatred against his Fiancée Rhea Chakravarti and[Read More…]

by October 5, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Covid snatches another Ambedkarite

Covid snatches another Ambedkarite

Covid 19 has taken another toll and this time a very important Ambedkarite activist in Telangana. It is extremely shocking to hear the sudden demise of dear friend Charles Wesley Meesa yesterday due to Covid 19. One of the very few Ambedkarite who could speak for hours on Economic policies and land reforms, Chalrse was based in Hyderabad and was[Read More…]

by October 4, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Is Universal Health Care a ‘proxy’ for an Insurance-based selective health care to the people?

Is Universal Health Care a ‘proxy’ for an Insurance-based selective health care to the people?

According to WHO, “Universal Health Care (UHC) means that all individuals and communities receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardship. It includes the full spectrum of essential, quality health services, from health promotion to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care. UHC does not mean free coverage for all possible health interventions, regardless of the cost, as no[Read More…]

by October 4, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Original image courtesy : Vikar Syed

To all the uncaring people

Would you mind rolling your eyeballs on people starving, dying in extreme conditions, in need of the things you can so easily afford to give them? I know, you won’t bother to do so, because you are born like that. Nothing shakes you, makes you think otherwise. You and your like ones are all that matter on this good planet.[Read More…]

by October 3, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Chilakamarti : Andhra’s Great Reformer and Writer

Chilakamarti : Andhra’s Great Reformer and Writer

This is an article on Andhra’s Great Reformers and Writers, who were remembered recently on their birth anniversaries, Part-1 focusing on  Chilakamarti.  Lakshmi Narasimham,Chilakamarti (26 September 1867- 17 June 1946) was a great writer and social reformer who defied and lampooned brahminical orthodoxy in his writings, set up in 1909 a school for dalits, hosted them, his wife cooked and[Read More…]

by October 3, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Can India  sustain a safe sanitary culture?

Can India  sustain a safe sanitary culture?

People wear masks and use handwash to keep the virus away as a result of  fear of infection. One may also find this new behaviour as a formality among many persons and as a result of legalities.  And this is happening in a society which is least concerned about sanitary practices. In this new sanitary culture, the prominent internalised attitude[Read More…]

by October 3, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Handling emotions during the lockdown: Eating the way forward to happiness

Handling emotions during the lockdown: Eating the way forward to happiness

By Dr Chandrima Chatterjee and Dr Parul Malik  The ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had wide ranging consequences for everyone in the world. Not only has the health infrastructure come under close scrutiny and COVID has claimed the lives of many people, but the effect has stretched into the lives of people, who were not even infected by this virus.[Read More…]

by October 3, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Gandhi and Relevance of Writers and Activists

Gandhi and Relevance of Writers and Activists

As we celebrate another birth anniversary of the father of the nation, it is worth recognising that the thinkers, writers, and activists are valuable for a society. Gandhi represented all of these, leaving a mark on the humanity that even his enemies find hard to deny. Some argue that it was the matter of time and Independence would have come[Read More…]

by October 2, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Kazi Syed Karimuddin : The Founding Father Who Championed The Right To Privacy

Kazi Syed Karimuddin : The Founding Father Who Championed The Right To Privacy

Human civilisation has always believed that there is something primal about the need for privacy, for secrecy, for personal space. This has, in the world of some judicial authorities, taken to mean “the right to be let alone”— that is, the right to privacy. They believe “privacy is the beginning of all freedom”. Every one of us seems to ensure[Read More…]

by October 2, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Lifecycle approach: A panacea for population ageing and gender equality

Lifecycle approach: A panacea for population ageing and gender equality

The world celebrated International Day of Older Persons on 1st of October. Sri Lanka also celebrates its Children’s Day on the same day. What a beautiful coincidence, even though perhaps purely by chance (and not by design). Indeed, this celebration of the young and old age alike is a symbolic representation of the lifecycle approach and intergenerational engagement that is[Read More…]

by October 2, 2020 Life/Philosophy
A. Ayyappan: The Eighth Horse, Unreined

A. Ayyappan: The Eighth Horse, Unreined

Scene One: Seated on the cool, polished steps leading to the main entrance of Kairali Theatre in Trivandrum, a small man with a melodious voice was singing with his eyes closed – to the visible appreciation of a group of young men and women come from different parts of Kerala for the ongoing international film festival. The singer was dressed[Read More…]

by October 2, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Why Older Persons Matter Today?

Why Older Persons Matter Today?

“No one should be alone in their old age,” Santiago, the protagonist in Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea reflects in despair. Fisherman Santiago’s sorrows speak volumes about how loneliness is terrible, yet Hemingway sends the message that there are umpteen ways of coping with the sorrows of loneliness. The lesson in the novel is that no one[Read More…]

by October 1, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Crisis Management: Post Pandemic – With a System of Justice (Part – III)

Crisis Management: Post Pandemic – With a System of Justice (Part – III)

In previous article (Crisis Management Part (II)), (Read Part I) I have started discussing the concept “Interest Free Loan” which will be an important alternative Banking Principle to be discussed and implemented in a country whose GDP is -23.9% due to lockdown and the downfall of its economy was in discussion from couple of years. Interest Free Loan is the[Read More…]

by October 1, 2020 Life/Philosophy
How Has The Pandemic Reconfigured The Social Mindset

How Has The Pandemic Reconfigured The Social Mindset

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. -Marie Curie The COVID-19 pandemic is a human tragedy of potentially biblical proportions and has convulsed societies like never earlier. Even as the world remains gripped in the fright of an invisible threat, Mother[Read More…]

by October 1, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Not symbolism but embodying Mahatma Gandhi in our lives is vital: Medha Patkar

Not symbolism but embodying Mahatma Gandhi in our lives is vital: Medha Patkar

It is high time to move beyond mere tokenism when we commemorate Mahatma Gandhi, and begin truly embodying Gandhian values in all aspects of our lives. This rallying call was given by Medha Patkar, who is among the most respected development justice activists today. She was among the keynote speakers of the ongoing Valedictory Week to mark 150 years of[Read More…]

by October 1, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Lounging through Lucknow Lore

Lounging through Lucknow Lore

Nidhi Mishra takes us on a nostalgic journey through the syncretic elements of Lucknawi culture “I know you are from Lucknow, but must our daughter lose marks in your mother tongue for some whimsical assertion of your Lucknawi roots?!” my (Kannadiga) husband asked incredulously. He was even more stunned to see the hesitation I had in giving the obvious answer categorically. I had[Read More…]

by September 30, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Case Against Cancel Culture

Case Against Cancel Culture

Cancel culture is a modern form of ostracism, grown on yeast of populism, critical race theory, and struggle for equality. Had been a university professor for 29 years, I remember students’ quest for satisfying clarity: no grey area – this is white or black; no uncertainty – this is right or wrong. Here comes a probable reason for visible success[Read More…]

by September 30, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Searching for Mahatma 

Searching for Mahatma 

                                                        The world has witnessed an incredible amount of progress in the last five decades that has transformed lives and made people richer and many nations prosperous. The pace of the change has[Read More…]

by September 30, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Story of a Collective Healing – Reflections on the time at a first-line Covid Care Centre in Kerala

Story of a Collective Healing – Reflections on the time at a first-line Covid Care Centre in Kerala

A Theater of Dark Fantasy Hearing a hushed commotion outside my room, 203 of the first-line Covid Care Centre at Makkiyad, I opened the door. A young woman with her husband and two small children, looking deeply hurt, confused and restless, was looking around the corridor. I asked if I could be of help. She was about to burst into[Read More…]

by September 29, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Today’s Anxious Workers Could Do With A Kedar Das

Today’s Anxious Workers Could Do With A Kedar Das

The mind is a winding river, its churning waters both cluttering and cleansing many shores and various ports of call. The broad outlines of the 1958 strike by the steel workers of Jamshedpur are still there in my memory; I was all of ten years of age at the time. The strike was a spontaneous uprising under the banner of[Read More…]

by September 29, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Dissenting Voices and the Revolutionary Legacy of Bhagat Singh

Dissenting Voices and the Revolutionary Legacy of Bhagat Singh

by Badre Alam Khan and Wasim Ahasan   While paying homage to Bhagat Singh on his 113th birth anniversary, Prime Minister Nrendera Modi in his Mann ki Baat (telecasted on 27th September 2020) has said that we should not forget the revolutionary legacy of Bhagat Singh and his comrades who gave their precious lives for achieving Freedom from mighty British Empire.[Read More…]

by September 28, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Moving away from Petitions and Webinars – Protest and Activism Beyond Digital Jantar-Mantars

Moving away from Petitions and Webinars – Protest and Activism Beyond Digital Jantar-Mantars

Sep 28 marks important days in the lives of two revered icons of revolutionary action in India – Bhagat Singh and Shankar Guha Niyogi. Both exemplified a sense of identification with the issues of the masses and sought to join the struggle while on the frontlines. Niyogi worked shoulder-to-shoulder with mine workers in Chhattisgarh. Both paid with their lives for[Read More…]

by September 28, 2020 Life/Philosophy
My Feelings Before, During and After a 21 Day Water Fast

My Feelings Before, During and After a 21 Day Water Fast

Before the fast, during the lockdown, I had been eating alot of home-made bread and not walking much let alone running. After the lockdown I walked and ran a bit more but my kidney was not working properly, the urine was scanty. So I read about the health benefits of fasting and decided to try it. It started out as[Read More…]

by September 28, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Is life on Venus an absurd thought?

Is life on Venus an absurd thought?

I will imagine you Venus tonight and pray, pray, pray to your star like a Heathen. – John Keats   Venus, visible in the night sky above Salgotarjan, Hungary, in March, is typically the brightest object in the night sky other than the moon. Credit…Peter Komka/EPA, via Shutterstock The brightest star on a night sky that is visible from Earth[Read More…]

by September 28, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Pandemic Versus Livelihood: The Struggle Continues in the Haat

Pandemic Versus Livelihood: The Struggle Continues in the Haat

Recently Rajya Sabha passed two of the three contentious Farm Reform Bills 2020 that led to various debates on farmer’s rights. Hundreds of farmers came to the streets to protest against those bills which are believed to be a huge disadvantage for the farmers. With the removal of taxes and Minimum Support Price (MSP), mandis under Agricultural Produce Market Committee[Read More…]

by September 28, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Mental Health in Maternal Health: The Need for Integration

Mental Health in Maternal Health: The Need for Integration

by Dr. Urvashi Priyadarshini, Dr. Arathi P Rao and Dr. K. Rajasekharan Nayar The concept of being “healthy” is commonly associated with physical health, and mental health normally occupies a secondary role although it is contained in the WHO definition of health. It was and is considered a taboo and, people with mental health problems feel uncomfortable discussing their issues[Read More…]

by September 28, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Dean Jones: Life of a Cricketing Entertainer

Dean Jones: Life of a Cricketing Entertainer

He was very much one of those cricketers who made the pulse race, a figure for the advocates of a faster variant of the game.  Nothing of the solid blocker in the man, though he could, if needed, linger at the crease.  Australia’s Dean Jones sported equipment perfect for the shorter format of the game: lightning quick between the wickets,[Read More…]

by September 27, 2020 Life/Philosophy
André Vltchek’s Sudden Death

André Vltchek’s Sudden Death

In Kenya during Al-Shabaab standoff Exposing Lies of the Empire (PT. Badak Merah Semesta, 2015) first introduced me to André Vltchek’s remarkable journalism, weaving together unforgettable narratives of Western imperialism and capitalistic fundamentalism. He’s widely considered one of the world’s most gifted thinkers, and even though I did not personally know him, I always looked forward to reading his articles.[Read More…]

by September 26, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Comrade Rabindra Behera; The Reminiscences of a Revolutionary

Comrade Rabindra Behera; The Reminiscences of a Revolutionary

Who cares about comrade’s life and death in rural areas? Who cares to document their lives, sacrifices, struggles and contributions in shaping society in the age of decadent capitalism? The mainstream media ignores and ensures that their names become invisible in public memory. As their memories guide people to love and collectively fight for each other’s rights and liberties. Memories[Read More…]

by September 26, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Communist Guerilla Leader of 1971 Bangladesh Haider Juno is in Life Support

Communist Guerilla Leader of 1971 Bangladesh Haider Juno is in Life Support

Haider Anwar Khan Juno, one of the most prominent communists and cultural organizers of Bangladesh, is now in life support in a Dhaka hospital. Juno, 75, was suffering from pneumonia when he countered a heart attack. He has also been suffering from several other health complications including kidney disease. Haider Juno is the younger brother of communist leader Haider Akbar[Read More…]

by September 25, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The Death of Andre Vltchek, a Passionate Warrior for Truth

The Death of Andre Vltchek, a Passionate Warrior for Truth

“If the world is upside down the way it is now, wouldn’t we have to turn it over to get it to stand up straight?” – Eduardo Galeano, Upside Down, 1998 For decades, Andre Vltchek, an old-school journalist and artist (but a young man) who traveled the world in search of truth and who always stood up straight, tried to revolve[Read More…]

by September 25, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The Legend of Bhagat Singh: In Conversation with Prof Jag Mohan Singh

The Legend of Bhagat Singh: In Conversation with Prof Jag Mohan Singh

The revolutionary ideals of Shaheed Bhagat Singh have become more than relevant in today’s time. It is beyond the imaginations of many how a man who just lived 23 years of his life had so much of idealism. In his prime time, he spent his life in jails under difficult circumstances. Yet, Bhagat Singh was a voracious reader. His family[Read More…]

by September 25, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Andre, friend

Andre, friend

Andre, your last moments in Karaköy, İstanbul are yet unknown. But, we know you with your actions and stand – anti-imperialist. Andre Vltchek, (1962 – September 22, 2020), a fighter, was always on the move. He was moving from South Africa to Indonesia, East Timor to Bosnia, Congo to Mexico, Sri Lanka to Peru, Syria to Hong Kong, and many such[Read More…]

by September 23, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Has Living in America been a “Serendipitous Outcome?”

Has Living in America been a “Serendipitous Outcome?”

Some of the greatest things, as I understand, they have come about by serendipity, the greatest discoveries. – Alan Alda Has living in America been a “serendipitous outcome” for me? Here, I am not thinking out loud but trying to find an answer to this pertinent question asked by my former Higher Secondary School English teacher Ms. Moitri Roy. One[Read More…]

by September 23, 2020 Life/Philosophy
André Vltchek – Remembered

André Vltchek – Remembered

André, my good friend and comrade is no more. We worked on several investigative projects together. André’s professional rigor, sharpness of understanding, vision and ability to connecting the dots is exemplary. We shared some unforgettable moments, when we followed a refugee trail from Bodrum, Turkey, to the Greek Island of Kos in the Aegean Sea – onwards to Athens. I’m[Read More…]

by September 23, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The End of Reality?

The End of Reality?

In 1888,  the year before he went insane, Friedrich Nietzsche wrote the following in Twilight of the Idols: We have got rid of the real world: what world is left?  The apparent world perhaps? … But no!  Along with the real world we’ve done away with the apparent world as well. So, if you feel you also may be going insane in[Read More…]

by September 22, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Changing Our Species Name

Changing Our Species Name

Swedish scientist Carl Linnaeus [1707 – 1778], known as the “father of modern taxonomy,” is the individual who can be credited with giving our species the name Homo sapiens.  The “sapiens” in that species name indicates that we: are highly intelligent primates that have become the dominant species on Earth. Actually, however, “sapiens” is “a Latin word meaning wise;” and[Read More…]

by September 22, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Can the Social Sciences choose to be Reflexive in times of Crisis? 

Can the Social Sciences choose to be Reflexive in times of Crisis? 

by Chandreyee Goswami & Dhriti Sonowal As students of social sciences, we often harbour a sense of enlightenment in knowing that the subject matter we engage with has been historically instituted to identify the varieties of social realities that individuals might find them in. The legacy of social sciences has been its deep inspection and understanding of the social world which[Read More…]

by September 22, 2020 Life/Philosophy
In Praise of the Lioness of Law: Ruth Bidder Ginsburg and her Jurisprudence

In Praise of the Lioness of Law: Ruth Bidder Ginsburg and her Jurisprudence

The death of the US Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bidder Ginsburg has created an abyss in the court for the liberal voice where justice Ginsburg was seen as the linchpin of the liberal block of the Supreme Court at a time when that block was shrinking. Especially late judge had vociferously advocated for women ‘rights, environmental issues and often came[Read More…]

by September 22, 2020 Life/Philosophy
A Letter To God From Kashmir

A Letter To God From Kashmir

     Khuda soba ……theek chewhaz. How are you ?   Where shall i write to you ? On the skin of Martyrs? Or the shadow of disappeared ? Or in the wail of mothers? Or in the shriek of sisters who used to be raped in orchards of kashmir ?   And where shall i post it to ? As[Read More…]

by September 22, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Yet Another Problem With the Decalogue!

Yet Another Problem With the Decalogue!

In my “Putting the Decalogue Under a Microscope” and “A Serious Flaw of the Decalogue” I identified several problems with the Decalogue—more commonly known as the Ten Commandments.  Those two papers do not, however, exhaust the problems with that list of commandments!  At least one more problem exists: Underlying that list of what one should, and should not, do, is[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Vidyasagar and Mass education : A critique on his Bi-centennial Birth Anniversary

Vidyasagar and Mass education : A critique on his Bi-centennial Birth Anniversary

Part-I Curtain on era of patronage of Arabic and Sanskrit learning The role of Lord William Bentinck (14 September 1774 – 17 June 1839) for restructuring the socio-cultural foundation of the Hindus “debased by three thousand years of despotism and priestcraft” [1] can rarely be exaggerated. His bold move to ban and abolish the cruel practice of suttee, which implied burning[Read More…]

by September 20, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Independence

Independence

I’ve come to realize that I don’t conform to ideas of any particular political party, religion, ideology and position in the way that others think the world or people should be or other positions should be. It is because I think and feel independently. Besides I was not indoctrinated by my parents or others. They let me be free. Yes,[Read More…]

by September 20, 2020 Life/Philosophy
 “We do not stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing”

 “We do not stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing”

…So said the famous playwright and political activist George Bernard Shaw. Alas, instead of being celebrated, older age is feared and looked down upon by many and ageism fuels this fear. Ageing is a natural process and begins the moment one is born. But ageism is not. The World Health Organisation defines ageism as “the stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination against[Read More…]

by September 19, 2020 Life/Philosophy
A Serious Flaw of the Decalogue

A Serious Flaw of the Decalogue

In my “Putting the Decalogue Under a Microscope” I distinguished between “normative” and “empirical” statements relative to human behaviors.  The latter are factual statements that pertain to either a given individual, or humans in general; the former are assertions as to what behaviors individuals should, or should not, engage in.  Thus, although both types of statements pertain to human behaviors,[Read More…]

by September 19, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Devi Chatterji

When Journalists Were Loved, Feared & Respected…

When I was a boy I once heard my father wondering to my mother why “a day did not have more than twenty-four hours”. I know it is difficult to believe, but it is a fact that my father spent several decades of his life working fourteen to sixteen hours a day. When he ate, slept or relaxed, only he[Read More…]

by September 18, 2020 Life/Philosophy
A Lift From Reality

A Lift From Reality

Diya Barmecha from Mumbai, proving that young minds are capable of thinking equally, if not better than older ones. A stunning essay on the life of a security guard, drawing out the discrimination inherent in society. This day was like any other. What else can you expect from the life of a  security guard of a common building? Right on time, the[Read More…]

by September 18, 2020 Life/Philosophy
My Clean And Green Village

My Clean And Green Village

15 year old Abhipsha Mohanty leads us to this fairytale land of clean skies, green farms, beautiful fragrance in the air and a peaceful life.But all of this for real in her village in Odisha, which she points out is the 6th cleanest village in India. Here is a wonderful message of cleanliness. Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The soul of[Read More…]

by September 18, 2020 Life/Philosophy
English medium at school level: Rote Methods and Unscientific And Undemocratic Views

English medium at school level: Rote Methods and Unscientific And Undemocratic Views

  (This is concluding and Part-3 of an article. ) English medium at primary school level is certainly harmful, more so to the rural and poorer masses. That is a key lesson in my life’s experiences, both as a student and as a teacher. It is being promoted by  ruling classes, more aggressively in much of South India : English[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Putting the Decalogue Under a Microscope

Putting the Decalogue Under a Microscope

The “Decalogue”—more commonly known as the Ten Commandments—is a set of biblical principles relating to ethics and worship.  These are fundamental to both Judaism and Christianity.  The text of the Ten Commandments appears twice in the Hebrew Bible:  at Exodus 20:2–17 and Deuteronomy 5:6–17. I, however, prefer to think of the Decalogue as a collection of normative statements, as opposed[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Conceptualizing Gandhi’s Thinking

Conceptualizing Gandhi’s Thinking

Writing an essay on Mahatma Gandhi, Indian Philosopher Akeel Bilgrami noted that “Its generally foolhardy to write about Gandhi, not only because you are never certain you’ve got him right, but because you are almost sure to have him wrong”. This is a pessimistic proposition in the light of the huge corpus of literature that is been brought out by[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Raghuvansh Babu : A committed socialist in times of neo-liberalism

Raghuvansh Babu : A committed socialist in times of neo-liberalism

It is an undeniable fact that today’s corporate India is intoxicated with the idea the digital. It is constantly on the fast-track to transform all into the digital, and as quickly as possible. In such an environment, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, popularly called as Raghuvansh Babu in friendly circles, sent his hand-written resignation addressed to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 Life/Philosophy
 Isolation and Opioids During the Pandemic

 Isolation and Opioids During the Pandemic

In our new era of nearly unparalleled upheaval, as a pandemic ravages the bodies of some and the minds of nearly everyone, as the associated economic damage disposes of the livelihoods of many, and as even the promise of democracy fades, the people whose lives were already on a razor’s edge — who were vulnerable and isolated before the advent of Covid-19 —[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Swami Agnivesh: A Tribute

Swami Agnivesh: A Tribute

Swami Agnivesh has left us. And yet he is still with us. He was undoubtedly one of the most courageous fighters against religious fanaticism and religious bigotry of our time. He spoke out without hesitation against fanatical Hindus who distorted religious teachings to justify exclusive interpretations of the faith. Chauvinistic trends within the community that have been gaining currency in[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Work-from-home: The way to exploit

Work-from-home: The way to exploit

–“Sir, I haven’t been feeling well for last few days! I need rest at least for a day.” –“Well, you know that all the leaves including casual and medical have already been disapproved due to the covid19 pandemic. Moreover, all of our employees are working from home. What is the need of availing any leave?” — “Sir, as I have[Read More…]

Breaking The Rules

Breaking The Rules

I was remembering yesterday about an event from when I was in my twenties. I was sitting on a hard wooden bench waiting for a train to take me to my parents’ hometown from Grand Central Station in NY City. I looked around myself and saw homeless women living there. The view took a while to sink into my being.[Read More…]

by September 14, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Can health literacy empower the health care workforce in handling the COVID-19 pandemic more effectively?

Can health literacy empower the health care workforce in handling the COVID-19 pandemic more effectively?

by Dr. Arathi P Rao, Dr Parul Malik, Dr. Anil K Bhat and Dr. Kesavan Rajasekharan Nayar The concept of “Health Literacy” (HL) is gaining importance, more so in the COVID-19 era and is now being frequently applied in various studies. The levels of HL are being assessed for patients, their caregivers and the population in general (students, teachers etc.).[Read More…]

by September 14, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Remembering Swami Agnivesh

Remembering Swami Agnivesh

Very sad to have lost Swami Agnivesh. My respectful salute and Shraddhanjali to my human rights co-fighter and colleague. Deepest condolences to his friends and associates.Remember the innumerable occasions when we worked together or few where we differed. Remember my presence in the discussion and meeting on the hillocks bordering Haryana with Swami Agnivesh and Kailash Satyarthi the day when[Read More…]

by September 13, 2020 Life/Philosophy
 Tribute on 20th Martyrdom anniversary of late Comrade Zora Singh Jalajan

 Tribute on 20th Martyrdom anniversary of late Comrade Zora Singh Jalajan

On 13th September the Communist revolutionary contingent dips it’s blood in memory of late Comrade Zora Singh Jalajan,a member of the Communist Party Re-Organization Centre of India.(Marxist-Leninist ) on his 20th martyrdom anniversary. He lived for only 33 years, succumbing as a victim of cancer in the year 2000.However in his lifetime he lit the flame of Mao thought at[Read More…]

by September 12, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Swami Agnivesh : Tributes paid by GPS, Telangana and AP

Swami Agnivesh : Tributes paid by GPS, Telangana and AP

The Grameena Pedala Sangham (GPS- Organization of Rural Poor) deeply condoles the death of Swami Agnivesh (80) who is no more. He died on September 11 at Delhi. He was a great social worker and a democrat , who worked all his life- time for the cause of the oppressed, and was the Founder of Bandhua Mukti Morcha that worked[Read More…]

by September 12, 2020 Life/Philosophy
English medium at school level is harmful, more so to the rural and poorer students: Misleading theories of  Kancha Ilaiah as seen by a  Dalit-born Teacher

English medium at school level is harmful, more so to the rural and poorer students: Misleading theories of  Kancha Ilaiah as seen by a  Dalit-born Teacher

   English medium at primary school level is certainly harmful, more so to the rural and poorer masses. That is a key lesson in my life’s experiences, both as a student and as a teacher. It may be useful only to the elite, including those of dalit bahujans, and to the vote bank politics of ruling classes. I am a[Read More…]

by September 12, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Reforming the Society: Life and Mission of Swami Agnivesh

Reforming the Society: Life and Mission of Swami Agnivesh

Before taking up the engagement with issues related to communal harmony and national integration, I was trying to associate with issues of labor movement. During that time I used to hear from friends the name of Swami Agnivesh in the context of movement against bonded labor. Later after the demolition of Babri Mosque, I decided to understand the issues of[Read More…]

by September 12, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Swami Agnivesh: A Great Loss To Civil Society Movements

Swami Agnivesh: A Great Loss To Civil Society Movements

The death of Swami Agnivesh is a great loss to civil society movements in India which he was an active member all through his life. Those of us who have been frequented with various protests at the Jantar Mantar knew him well how he would encourage youngsters and join their protests at any available time. Swami Aginvesh was basically a[Read More…]

by September 12, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Be a Mask-Creature!!

Be a Mask-Creature!!

Have you heard the quote _ “Health is Wealth”? Recall it and it’s very high time to implement it now. Aren’t we creatures wearing masks since ages? “Covering ourselves – our real face and showing the fabricated image to this world, at times we hide our emotions and reveal ourselves as being so cool humans on this planet”. Yes that[Read More…]

by September 11, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Political And Spiritual Cults: From Rapture To Complicity To Aftermath In The Shadow Of 20th Century Yankeedom

Political And Spiritual Cults: From Rapture To Complicity To Aftermath In The Shadow Of 20th Century Yankeedom

“The party is always right, even when it’s wrong” – Democratic Workers Party slogan ORIENTATION Everybody knows what cults are People who join cults are mentally unstable before they join and less educated than the general population. True or false? Cult members also define themselves as lonely. True or false? Most people who join cults are from the poor and[Read More…]

by September 11, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Strangers In Their Own Home

Strangers In Their Own Home

The 24th edition of the Kolkata international film festival, held in November 2018, showed a surprisingly large number of films from Australia, which has never been counted among the foremost film-making nations of the world; no less than two dozen in all. It is hard to tell whether the ‘focus’ had anything to do with an increasing interest in Down[Read More…]

by September 9, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Respect for Institutions

Respect for Institutions

There is nothing inherently noble or respectable about institutions. Institutions become what their political masters want them to be. All institutions all over the world and across all spectrum are vulnerable to political interference. This political interference can influence their overall direction and day-to-day functioning. Respect for government is at an all-time low. A Gallup poll shows that majority don’t[Read More…]

by September 9, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Kancha Ilaiah’s Theories As Seen Through By a Dalit-Born Teacher

Kancha Ilaiah’s Theories As Seen Through By a Dalit-Born Teacher

I am a teacher of maths, arithmetic to be precise, not a great teacher but an unconventional one: A school teacher without a school; without a place; without a job; without regular salary. A rare kind of a teacher who taught maths to more than one lakh students over 30 years. A teacher who ‘taught’ maths-teaching to qualified teachers, while[Read More…]

by September 8, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Ensuring women have a rights-based access to emergency contraceptives is vital

Ensuring women have a rights-based access to emergency contraceptives is vital

Many women and girls around the world have experienced contraception failure, missed taking oral contraceptive pills, or been forced to have sex against their will. For these women, emergency contraception is a safe and effective method that reduces the risk of pregnancy. Expanding the range of choices for girls and women to prevent unintended pregnancies, depending upon their specific realities[Read More…]

by September 8, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Apricity of Dad’s presence

Apricity of Dad’s presence

Losing your father is definitely heart wrecking when he has been the emotional support system all through the life. Besides unconditional love, Dad also provided stability, acceptance, and encouragement when it mattered most. It becomes more painful when one had been in direct daily conversation of a couple of hours with Dad for last 20 years. It is an Irish[Read More…]

by September 7, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The myth of the American middle class

The myth of the American middle class

When ‘mainstream’ politicians and media pundits talk about the structure of American society, they focus mainly on a vaguely defined group called ‘the middle class.’ The middle class is considered the mainstay of society, a bulwark of social stability and cohesion. Indeed, the middle class is the symbolic representative of the whole society. The ‘typical Americans’ of TV sitcoms are[Read More…]

by September 7, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Vidyarthy Chatterjee

Parents and Progeny

In my personal calendar of gains and losses, September is a craven, cowardly month. It robbed me, born the same month, of my two closest relatives. I don’t expect everybody to be interested in this humble story of comings and goings, but, who knows, someone out there might read a useful metaphor here. Come late August/early September each year, and[Read More…]

by September 7, 2020 Life/Philosophy
 Innovative financing for women’s health becomes vital when purse strings tighten

 Innovative financing for women’s health becomes vital when purse strings tighten

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility of weak health systems that were ill prepared to withstand the onslaught of the pandemic. As documented by the Pulse survey of the WHO, the pandemic has resulted in disruption of essential health services, including sexual and reproductive health services, in most countries. Weak and perpetually poorly resourced health systems have escalated the[Read More…]

by September 5, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Learning from the Poorest: My Lessons and Experiences as the CEO of a Small Rural Women’s Bank in Western Maharashtra

Learning from the Poorest: My Lessons and Experiences as the CEO of a Small Rural Women’s Bank in Western Maharashtra

I run a small bank for rural women in a drought-prone area of Maharashtra. It’s called the Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Bank. It’s the first bank set up in the country by and for rural women. Most of our customers are micro business owners – women who work at weekly markets or run their enterprises from home. They are vegetable[Read More…]

by September 5, 2020 Life/Philosophy
In Conversation with Chakravarty Gautam

In Conversation with Chakravarty Gautam

Chakravarty Gautam is one of the founders of Federation of Ambedkarite and Buddhist Organizations in the United Kingdom (FABO UK). He was born in Gujarat and migrated to the UK in 1969. He established himself as a business person and also linked to various Ambedkarite groups working in the UK. He became one of the leading figures of the Ambedkarite[Read More…]

by September 5, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Face To Face With Eminent Computer Scientist-Teacher Prof M. Radhakrishna To mark Teachers’ Day

Face To Face With Eminent Computer Scientist-Teacher Prof M. Radhakrishna To mark Teachers’ Day

The photo was taken when he was around 75. He was very active and agile until he was down with cancer late in 2017. A few months before that, he was walking and talking with some students for 8 hours, on a hot  summer in a forest on a project. After retirement and surgery also he was available to his[Read More…]

by September 5, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The Untold Story Of M.D.Madan

The Untold Story Of M.D.Madan

The Tatas have all along been opposed to the idea of having a university in Jamshedpur. In fact, Tisco did not want even a college in the city. Which brings us to the saga of Medioma Dhanjishah Madan (1913 – 1962). Dissidents give a character to a place, as much as devotees do. But since, as a rule, dissidents are[Read More…]

by September 5, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Professor Ali Akhtar Khan: End of an Era

Professor Ali Akhtar Khan: End of an Era

Professor Ali Akhtar Khan (78) of (AMU) passed away on (08/29/2020) after a brief illness. He was born to parents Ali Qadar Khan and Najmun Nisa, on January 01, 1942, in a landlord family of Naseerpur village, Azamgarh. He studied in Shibli school and then graduated from Shibli National College, Azamgarh. Later on, he completed his M.Ed. from Aligarh Muslim[Read More…]

by September 2, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Life And Work Of Com.Vuppuluri Subba Rao, Renowned Working Class Leader : Viewed in the light of controversy created by Kancha Ilaiah

Life And Work Of Com.Vuppuluri Subba Rao, Renowned Working Class Leader : Viewed in the light of controversy created by Kancha Ilaiah

Com.Vuppuluri Subba Rao (1924-1998), veteran working class leader of AP Com.Vuppuluri or VSR in short, veteran communist and working class leader of AP, and Founder of FITU,  breathed his last on 8th September, 1998. Every year he is remembered by his followers and admirers in September, in meetings held by Trade Unions (TUs) he founded. Due to Covid-19, we are[Read More…]

by September 2, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Pranab Mukherjee : Not a common person’s leader

Pranab Mukherjee : Not a common person’s leader

Former President Mr Pranab Mukherjee death is the passing away of a leader who adhered to Parliamentary procedures and constitutional norms. Perhaps, Mr Mukherjee was among the last of that generation that believed consensus the only way to run the country though sometimes such consensus could help the status-quoists only. After his death, lots of tribute have poured in including[Read More…]

by September 1, 2020 Life/Philosophy
What Can We Learn from Cuba? Medicare-for-All Is a Beginning, Not the End Point

What Can We Learn from Cuba? Medicare-for-All Is a Beginning, Not the End Point

As a coup de grâce to the Bernie Sanders campaign Joe Biden declared that he would veto Medicare-for-All.  This could drive a dedicated health care advocate to relentlessly pursue Med-4-All as a final goal.  However, it is not the final goal.  It should be the first step in a complete transformation of medicine which includes combining community medicine with natural[Read More…]

by September 1, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Remembering Komaram Bheem Today

Remembering Komaram Bheem Today

It was the first of September, 1940, when the policemen working under Tahsildar Abdul Sattar of the Nizam of Hyderabad, opened fire in Jodeghat on the warriors being led by Komaram Bheem in a rebellion to gain self-determination over the land and resources of the Gondi people. While the fire killed many warriors and left many with fatal injuries, it[Read More…]

by September 1, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Worthless Degree &  Jobless Graduates

Worthless Degree &  Jobless Graduates

In India Engineering as a career has attracted alot of students in a big way & large number of aspirants who burn the midnight oil in order to crack the exam. These aspirant’s dream themselves as an engineer earning a decent package. Every year lakhs of students appear in the entrance examination for institution’s like “IIT” but only few of[Read More…]

by August 31, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Public Health and Health Literacy: Partnership for Health Promotion

Public Health and Health Literacy: Partnership for Health Promotion

Co-Written by Dr. Parul Malik and Dr. Arathi P Rao The year 2020, has not only been the year of the “pandemic”, but also the year of “infodemic”- a term that was coined in 2003 in relation to the SARS outbreak. This term “infodemic”, referring to an excessive amount of available information, which may be biased and harmful, is becoming[Read More…]

by August 31, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Social Media And The Mental Health Of The Youth

Social Media And The Mental Health Of The Youth

Social media becomes an essential tool for youth today. Undoubtedly it helps people in connecting with the people around the globe and also reduces the distance, but on the other hand, it created a detachment from the people who are around. Social media is mostly famous among youngsters; they spend most of their time on social platforms for different purposes.[Read More…]

by August 30, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Compulsive Shopping Addiction

Compulsive Shopping Addiction

  A recent study done by a market research firm Rakuten Intelligence found that since the pandemic started there has been a sudden rise in online shopping. Ecommerce spending in the U.S. is up more than 30 percent since the beginning of March. Ecommerce is booming, and Silicon Valley’s’ richest such as Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk are getting even[Read More…]

by August 30, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The Disappearing collegiality in Pedagogy: The COVIDian times

The Disappearing collegiality in Pedagogy: The COVIDian times

The online teaching due to the lockdown is a new experience for many students in the country. It has gone through many glitches due to lack of facilities,  lack of expertise among teachers, and lack of exposure to the  new medium devoid of collegiality, lack of interpersonal exchanges that people are used to in class  room teaching. This has resulted[Read More…]

by August 29, 2020 Life/Philosophy
 Late Summer ’70

 Late Summer ’70

When you’re 20, full of piss and vinegar, you can open up to so much. That was the year, 1970, when dreams seemed so real. This writer had just returned from a brief summer in Virginia Beach, Virginia. This was but the second time I ever was away from my parents’ apartment, and for that matter, Brooklyn, NY, lauded as[Read More…]

by August 28, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Tribute to Immortal contribution of Comrade Harbhajan Sohi

Tribute to Immortal contribution of Comrade Harbhajan Sohi

Without doubt late Comrade Harbhajan Sohi or HBS  was one of the finest theoreticians in the history of the Communist Movement and amongst the greatest leaders and protagonists of the massline.No Comrade contributed so much to shape the massline of Tarimela Nagi Reddy as Harbhajan Sohi or HBS.With the meticulous skill of an architect he shimmered its flame as a[Read More…]

by August 28, 2020 Life/Philosophy
My Journey To Socialism: From 9-11 Through The Great Recession

My Journey To Socialism: From 9-11 Through The Great Recession

Here are three questions I would propose to the people who read this article: Other than being a Red Diaper Baby, what is the process by which people came to socialism and how did they handle the disapproval of their families and long-term friends? How does having a framework for capitalism make it easier to understand what’s going on? In[Read More…]

by August 28, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Cats, Camels and Jar Jar Binks

Cats, Camels and Jar Jar Binks

Cats came into Preeti’s life long before camels, around the time cows found a way out of her heart but into her life. She had seen cows ever since she could remember…while riding horse driven tongas in Haridwar in 1970s, creating traffic jams in Delhi, Haridwar, Kolkata, Dehradun, Lucknow and wherever she happened to visit in India. From long before[Read More…]

by August 28, 2020 Life/Philosophy
“The Fourteen Characteristics of Fascism” and We

“The Fourteen Characteristics of Fascism” and We

India, the largest parliamentary democracy in the world, celebrated its 73rd Independence Day on Saturday, August 15. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as per the protocol, addressed the 1.3 billion people of the country from the Red Fort in Delhi. In his speech, he promised to bring universal health cards, provide internet access, through optical fibre lines, to all villages across[Read More…]

by August 26, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Factory Schools from Industrial Revolution to Modern Universities

Factory Schools from Industrial Revolution to Modern Universities

How did factory schools develop? Why did factory school develop?  What does factory schools do? What is the relevance of factory schools today? The answers to these questions come from the history of factory schools, which reveals its immense impact not only on our educational system but also on our society, culture, economy, politics and individual lives. The historical perspectives[Read More…]

by August 26, 2020 Life/Philosophy
How the Impact of the Hiroshima Blast Lingers

How the Impact of the Hiroshima Blast Lingers

The best introduction to Kathleen Burkinshaw is that she a humanitarian. She wrote a novel that has been taken up by The United Nations as a part of its peacekeeping effort. She has been actively participating in efforts to ban nuclear weapons, including presenting with Nobel Laureates. Kathleen Burkinshaw, the author of The Last Cherry Blossom, a book that is in[Read More…]

by August 25, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Burnaby proclaims Jaswant Singh Khalra Day

Burnaby proclaims Jaswant Singh Khalra Day

Close to the 25th martyrdom day of a prominent human rights activist of India, one of the municipalities in Greater Vancouver has made a proclamation to recognize the circumstances that led to his murder. Jaswant Singh Khalra was investigating the extra judicial killings of Sikh political activists in Punjab, when he was kidnapped by the police on September 6, 1995,[Read More…]

by August 25, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Kancha Ilaiah can have his theories, but without falsehood

Kancha Ilaiah can have his theories, but without falsehood

This is with reference to the article,“Can Brahmins Bring Revolution: An Assessment Through The Prism Of Tarimela Nagi Reddy” by Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd — CC, August 18, 2020. I am not a writer. Not a leader or political activist. I am above my sixties, an ordinary citizen who earnestly wants that my country and society should be more democratic and[Read More…]

by August 25, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Make a difference to someone

Make a difference to someone

DIFFERENTIATE. Why ‘Differentiate’? Because differentiation creates Brand Brand inspires Loyalty Loyalty enables Influence Success is directly proportionate to influence. Five things to keep in mind: 1.      Always be thankful. It is true that we succeed by our own efforts but it is good to remember that some of them were made standing on someone else’s shoulders.  And they helped us when they didn’t need us[Read More…]

by August 25, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Morality and Immorality in Contemporary Politics

Morality and Immorality in Contemporary Politics

In the world of ideology free zone of politics, the question ‘of morality and immorality in popular and mainstream political traditions’ is becoming irrelevant. The incompetent governments, helpless states, visionless leadership, directionless politics, weak judiciaries and compliant media organisations are the net output of amoral and illiberal politics.  The moral critique of political system does not yield any electoral dividends[Read More…]

by August 25, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Comfortably Numb

Comfortably Numb

Just a little pinprick There’ll be no more, ah But you may feel a little sick Can you stand up? I do believe it’s working, good That’ll keep you going through the show Come on it’s time to go There is no pain you are receding A distant ship, smoke on the horizon You are only coming through in waves[Read More…]

by August 25, 2020 Life/Philosophy
To build immunity we need exposure To trees, plants, clean air

To build immunity we need exposure To trees, plants, clean air

This is important for developing immunity to Covid and other infections and build resistance. Researchers are now pointing out the manifold benefits of rewilding of Nature for human health and well-being. This means we need to expose ourselves to more bio diversity, be in touch with a wide variety of plant life, not just manicured, artificial lawns. According to Jacob[Read More…]

by August 24, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Trainloads of Stories

Trainloads of Stories

In the days of my early manhood, a south Calcutta theatre called Menoka used to show Malayalam or Tamil films on Sunday mornings. Since the early years of the 20th century, Tamils have been in residence in south Calcutta, usually as office-workers, thereby giving to this area a second name – Chhota Madras (Madras in miniature). Malayalees are more recent[Read More…]

by August 23, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The Old Lady in the Window

The Old Lady in the Window

There are so many diverse memories to a mind that has traveled through the decades like an endless wind. Being a ‘baby boomer’ who just cannot accept the utter surreal bad aftertaste of our current comic book empire, one desires to retreat into the distant past. This past of course had its own times of despair, but for a youth[Read More…]

by August 23, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Punjab crisis is the result of “unfinished agenda of Partition”: Jaspal Singh Sidhu

Punjab crisis is the result of “unfinished agenda of Partition”: Jaspal Singh Sidhu

  Veteran journalist and author Jaspal Singh Sidhu has argued that the Punjab crisis of the 19070s and 1980s is the result of “the unfinished agenda of Partition”. Explaining his argument, Sidhu says that the Sikh community in India supported the Congress at the time of Partition, believing the “pledges” of the grand old party. The promises were made that[Read More…]

by August 22, 2020 Life/Philosophy
P L Mimroth: Taking legal aid to the grassroots

P L Mimroth: Taking legal aid to the grassroots

In the early years of 1990s, India saw a political turmoil as V P Singh government unleashed Mandal Commission report and a social and political unity among the Dalit backward community started building up at different levels. The protests against Mandal commission reports in the cities of North India were actually not against the OBCs but against the Dalits. The[Read More…]

by August 21, 2020 Life/Philosophy
A Bamboo Bridge To Growth

A Bamboo Bridge To Growth

Melghat is a forest tract nestled in the Satpura range in eastern Maharashtra. It is inhabited by indigenous people like the Korkus, Gond and Bhilalas, who are bravely defending their verdant world against the ravages of modern commerce. Melghat has been in the news for several years for its lethal malnourishment, which had been claiming lives of hundreds of children[Read More…]

by August 21, 2020 Life/Philosophy
“DV Rao the father of the theory and practice of agrarian revolution in India” : Anand Teltumbde

“DV Rao the father of the theory and practice of agrarian revolution in India” : Anand Teltumbde

  Kancha Ilaiah Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd wrote an article titled  “Can Brahmins Bring Revolution: An Assessment Through The Prism Of Tarimela Nagi Reddy”. (countercurrents.org, August 18, 2020). https://countercurrents.org/2020/08/can-brahmins-bring-revolution-an-assessment-through-the-prism-of-tarimela-nagi-reddy/ It is not based on facts, and is prejudiced by his theories. He is free to have his theories, but truth should not be a casualty in the process. As a mediaperson[Read More…]

by August 19, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Tribute to late Comrade Darshan Singh Dusang on 20th death anniversary

Tribute to late Comrade Darshan Singh Dusang on 20th death anniversary

On August 19th the Indian Communist revolutionary camp commemorates the 20th death anniversary of legendary Comrade Darshan Singh Dusang who was one of the greatest torchbearers of the Indian Communist Movement. Few comrades shimmered the spark of Naxalbari with as much unflinching determination as Comrade Darshan Dusang. In the gravest circumstances, he never looked dead and buried and resurrected Mao’s[Read More…]

by August 19, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The General Neurosis of our Times

The General Neurosis of our Times

“About a third of my cases are suffering from no clinically definable neurosis, but from the senselessness and emptiness of their lives. This can be defined as the general neurosis of our times.” -Carl Jung I thought I knew what depression looked like.  It looked like locked rooms and phone calls which were never answered back. An incapacity to socialize,[Read More…]

by August 18, 2020 Life/Philosophy
How Not To Write Obituaries : Kancha Ilaiah Sets A Negative Example

How Not To Write Obituaries : Kancha Ilaiah Sets A Negative Example

“Usaa, The Greatest Revolutionary Barber After Upali, Died of COVID-19”, is the title of an obituary by Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd, (countercurrents.org, August 4,2020, “a long-time associate of Usaa Barber, Political Theorist and Author”. It begins thus : “Usaa Barber (Uppumavuluri Sambashivarao) (1951-2020)- a well-known social reformer, anti-caste ideologue and anti-brahminism fighter succumbed to COVID-19 on 25th July 2020.” Then it[Read More…]

by August 15, 2020 Life/Philosophy
THIS IS for YOU

THIS IS for YOU

Wherever on this distressed and yet magnificent Earth you live, this is for you. Right here, right now: Let’s be open and honest before one another.  Please.  Look at the world without illusions, without hiding, without trying to escape.  Don’t be crippled by confusion or disgust.  Don’t allow yourself to lose your natural born goodness and become infected with internal[Read More…]

by August 15, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The Celebration of Rahat Indori

The Celebration of Rahat Indori

Rahat Quraishi was so enamoured of painting that he was able to turn it into a profession. He was also solicitous about Urdu poetry. “Poetry and painting are like twin-sisters,” he says in his biographical short film A Glimpse of Jashn-e-Rahat, “and I believe we all carry different people inside us.” Born to Rafatullah Qureshi, a cloth mill worker, in[Read More…]

by August 14, 2020 Life/Philosophy
 The Attack on Science—Part of the Deadly Class War on Workers’ Health and Environment

 The Attack on Science—Part of the Deadly Class War on Workers’ Health and Environment

The application of scientific knowledge has been embraced by industry as a means of enriching owners for over two hundred years. Science is knowledge of the natural and social world gained through observation and experimentation based on evidence. The Industrial Revolution of the 18th century had a profound impact on workers’ diseases.  Rapid technological progress and industrial growth led to crowded,[Read More…]

by August 13, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Jean-Paul Sartre: Basic Understandings

Jean-Paul Sartre: Basic Understandings

Jean-Paul Sartre (1905–80) is one of the greatest French thinkers. A polemical and witty essayist, a metaphysician of subjectivity, a political activist, a revolutionary political theorist, a humanistic novelist, a didactic playwright, his genius lies in his powers of philosophical synthesis and the genre breaching breadth of his imagination. The last philosopher to be discussed at some length, Jean-Paul Sartre,[Read More…]

by August 13, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Imagine

Imagine

Did the caveman laugh? Did he have a toothache? The cheering thing for him would have been, he would not have to visit a dentist. Or, is that a cheering thought for me? And he would continue in pain while his tooth rotted and fell! And mine gets pulled out or repaired by a dentist peering into my numb anaesthetised[Read More…]

by August 12, 2020 Life/Philosophy
John Was More Naked Than Adam

John Was More Naked Than Adam

Hell is not God’s idea, I believe. I also believe that John Abraham and God had an erratic relationship with each other. But then, why the hell didn’t John invest in full the coins that God had entrusted him so dearly ? I first met John when I was a fresh graduate and a culture -vulture apprentice at Kochi. One[Read More…]

by August 11, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Ilina Sen As We Knew Her: A Tribute from WSS

Ilina Sen As We Knew Her: A Tribute from WSS

Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) deeply mourns the passing away of Ilina Sen on August 9 in Kolkata. Ilina, 69, was a feminist activist, teacher, researcher and writer passionately involved with the women’s movement in India. Be it through activist work or classroom pedagogy, conferences or rallies, Ilina’s  deep engagement with women’s struggles in Madhya Pradesh and[Read More…]

Remembrances and Confessions

Remembrances and Confessions

“Life is everywhere, life is in ourselves, not outside.” (Dostoevsky, just after his death sentence was commuted) Vision from the metal cubicle circling over the shores of southeastern Sicily seems to encompass the entire Mediterranean world,  the spatial unity of which world atlases confirm: Sicily, now just beneath us and to the West, Africa fixed to the South, Greece and[Read More…]

by August 11, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The Rising Binod Culture

The Rising Binod Culture

This morning when I opened Facebook, my newsfeed was swarmed with people sharing the same monosyllabic status update. They were writing Binod, a male given name popular in Asia, and people in the comment section were leaving Binod in the comments. When I switched to Twitter, Binod was trending at number 3. My curiosity was picking up speed. To my[Read More…]

by August 11, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Ilina Sen (January 29, 1951-August 9, 2020)

Ilina Sen (January 29, 1951-August 9, 2020)

Why do good people have to suffer? This is a question mankind has been facing for thousands of years. Our Hindu religion has the answer, ‘because of sins committed in the previous birth’. Obviously people like us can not accept this. While the news of Ilina’s death last night brought a host of memories and sadness in me, this question[Read More…]

by August 11, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Feeling blue

Rising Suicidal Tendencies Among Teenagers

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young adults worldwide. Close to 800 000 people die due to suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. Suicide is a global phenomenon and occurs throughout the lifespan. Studies from India consistently document the highest suicide rates in the world, and the majority of completed suicides had been[Read More…]

by August 6, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The Life & Legacy Of Abdul Bari

The Life & Legacy Of Abdul Bari

   Currently, the impression that things can be made to happen even without the participation of the working class is being sought to be furthered by employers and managements. What to speak of marginalization, it is the evaporization of the worker from public consciousness that is being attempted. Just visualize the surrealistic pilgrim’s progress that we have covered in the[Read More…]

by August 6, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The-N- Discourse: In-group and Out-group Debate

The-N- Discourse: In-group and Out-group Debate

Nepotism as a culture is being seasoned in forms of cronyism, favouritism, as it knocks backs calibre and worth and leaves behind a collegium apparatus. We discern nepotism in Bollywood as it is exhibited in the spotlight for one and all to catch sight of. But the existent and the historical process of nepotism that has engendered exceptional levels of[Read More…]

by August 5, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Usaa, The Greatest Revolutionary Barber After Upali, Died of COVID-19

Usaa, The Greatest Revolutionary Barber After Upali, Died of COVID-19

Usaa Barber (Uppumavuluri Sambashivarao) (1951-2020)- a well-known social reformer, anti-caste ideologue and anti-brahminism fighter succumbed to COVID-19 on 25th July 2020. He died because of the Indian medical system that could not reach to a stage where it could meet the challenge posed by the new coronavirus. After Savitribai Phule and her son Dr.Yashwantharao died of Bubonic Plague in 1898,[Read More…]

by August 4, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Online Classes Are Also Detrimental to Teachers and Neoliberalism Is to Be Blamed

Online Classes Are Also Detrimental to Teachers and Neoliberalism Is to Be Blamed

I completed my primary education from a school that no more exists: Heroes Memorial Inter College. Situated in the capital of India’s most populous state, it was made in the memory of heroes and whoever fits in your definition of one. With about the strength of 400 students—that started to leave the school at a surprisingly exponential rate—the man who[Read More…]

by August 3, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Intellectuals as Lumpen Herds in the Universities

Intellectuals as Lumpen Herds in the Universities

Once upon a time, universities were the places, where intellectuals, teachers and students as a community of learners used to reflect on everyday realities, learn the skills to use it in their professional life, discover the knowledge, to understand themselves and dissect the complexities of society. They also used to practise their utopian dreams in pursuit of knowledge for the[Read More…]

by August 3, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Teachers in the e-box

Teachers in the e-box

It was only a matter of time that the fire started by Covid-19 would consume all traditional aspects of higher education teaching-learning and reach the doorstep of faculty training forcing it to don the e-avatar. On 1st July 2020 UGC issued directions to all the Human Resource Development Centres (HRDCs) – the institutions responsible for professional development of higher education[Read More…]

by August 2, 2020 Life/Philosophy
C Achutha Menon: Communist Aspirations in India

C Achutha Menon: Communist Aspirations in India

A son remembers a life in Indian communism Indian communists have a unique distinction that they normally don’t like to acknowledge: among the world’s communist parties, they have had one of the longest experiences of engaging legitimately with an electoral democratic process. I don’t deny that erstwhile communist parties of Western Europe, such as the French and the Italian, had[Read More…]

by August 2, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Should Diamond symbolize happily ever after?

Should Diamond symbolize happily ever after?

About ten years ago, a friend who hadn’t seen me in over two decades, offered me some tips as to what jewelry to wear to lunch when I meet one of my former editors of a Dhaka daily. He came to Maryland on business and to spend time with his family. I was a little nervous about the lunch meeting.[Read More…]

by August 1, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Remembering Kamlabai

Remembering Kamlabai

Not everyone with a family is destined to enjoy all the fruits that the family has to offer. Let us take the case of Kamlabai Raghunath Gokhale, or simply Kamlabai, who was a Marathi actress in the early decades of the twentieth century and the first woman to act in films in India. Reena Mohan, who trained in editing at[Read More…]

by August 1, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Eulogy or Elegy?

Eulogy or Elegy?

First the words; Eulogy: a speech or piece of writing that praises someone or something highly, especially a tribute to someone who has just died. Elegy: An elegy is a sad poem, usually written to praise and express sorrow for someone who is dead.  But eulogies, Wikipedia assures me, can also be delivered at retirement functions and other such events when a person[Read More…]

by July 31, 2020 Life/Philosophy
A strong voice against Hindutva in Greater Vancouver lost

A strong voice against Hindutva in Greater Vancouver lost

The news of Chinmoy Banerjee’s death has greatly saddened the South Asian community in BC. 80-year-old scholar and activist of Indian heritage, Chin Daa, as we affectionately called him, was not keeping well for the past several days. He passed away on the morning of July 29, leaving behind a powerful legacy of tireless activism. He previously taught English at[Read More…]

by July 31, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Should Muslims sacrifice cattle on Eid-al-Adha? 

Should Muslims sacrifice cattle on Eid-al-Adha? 

On Friday, July 31, 2020, over a billion and a half Muslims around the world, will be slaughtering millions of goats, camels, and cattle to carry out Abraham’s tradition of sacrificing the symbolic lamb. Is there an alternative to the ritual of slaying animals on Eid Al-Adha, the festival of sacrifice? The answer is yes! Rituals are the pathways to[Read More…]

by July 30, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Reality of sacrifice in Eid-al-Azha

Reality of sacrifice in Eid-al-Azha

The companions of Prophet Hazrat Muhammed Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam(Peace and blessings be upon him) asked, “What is this sacrifice(Qurbani)?” He answered that it is the Sunnah of your father Hazrat Ibrahim Alaihissalam(Peace be upon him).” This historic Qurbani incident took place about five and a quarter thousand years ago in “Mina” near “Khana-e-Ka’aba” located in Mecca, a desert region of[Read More…]

by July 30, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Woman is looking at a man communicating with her rom a monitor standing on the table before her. Woman has a tablet, potted plant and red cup of coffee are on the table before her. Blank bulletin board is hanging on the wall.

Covid 19 exposes the way we treat our teachers   

“Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition”, said Jacques Barzun. Rightly, did he point this out that ‘teaching’ is no more respected as a profession neither ‘teachers’ are accorded their due share of acknowledgement for the work that they do. This is not to say that teaching has always been a respectful[Read More…]

by July 29, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Remember Gandhi

Remember Gandhi

Remember Gandhi.  Practice nonviolence.  Adhere to nonviolence.   Refrain from attacking people as the means to achieve an interpersonal goal.  You seek to change policies and systems that make policies, and attitudes and behaviors implementing policies of injustice and oppression. In opposing pernicious systems and the policies of pernicious systems you bring about change through clarified strategy, organized, and often[Read More…]

by July 29, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Lorca And A Certain Left Sentiment

Lorca And A Certain Left Sentiment

About 85 years ago, Spanish fascists murdered Federico Garcia Lorca (1898 – 1936), the most important Spanish dramatist of the twentieth century who said “Spain is the only country in the world where death is a national spectacle.” Some 35 years ago, a young woman named Roop Kanwar was burnt alive by her in-laws and village elders on her dead[Read More…]

by July 29, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Mir Syed Ali Hamadani – Founder of Islam in Kashmir And his Model of Good Governance and Justice

Mir Syed Ali Hamadani – Founder of Islam in Kashmir And his Model of Good Governance and Justice

  Kashmir has had many a period of glory before the advent of Islam. It has a long chain of dynasties, Suraj Bansi, Pandava, Maurya, Kushan, Gonandya, white Huns, Karokata, Utapala, and Loharas. Some of the regimes had not only their periods of glory in this beautiful land, but their borders extended deep in South of India and touched the[Read More…]

by July 28, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Remembering comrade T. Nagi Reddy (1917 Feb-1976 July 28)- How Indian Is The Indian Bourgeoisie ?

Remembering comrade T. Nagi Reddy (1917 Feb-1976 July 28)- How Indian Is The Indian Bourgeoisie ?

July 28 is the day comrade Nagi Reddy died in 1976, while he was under-ground. He and his comrade-in-arms DV Rao ( 1917 June-July 12, 1984)  are  remembered  in July every year through various  programmes  at different places across AP and Telangana. Thousands of people and activists, led by UCCRI-ML which they founded in 1975, are carrying forward their goals [Read More…]

by July 28, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Prof John Weeks Humanised Economics as a Discipline

Prof John Weeks Humanised Economics as a Discipline

Prof John Weeks, widely admired development economist passed away on 26th of June 2020 at the age of 79.  His death is a blow to many friends, comrades, colleagues, students and fellow progressive economists. He was born in Austin, educated in Texas and Michigan, lived and worked most of his professional life in the School of Oriental and African Studies[Read More…]

by July 27, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The Power of Non-Violence in 1965 and 2020

The Power of Non-Violence in 1965 and 2020

Watching a horse drawn wagon carrying the body of John Lewis cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma Alabama one final time is a stunning testament to the power of non-violence in 1965 and 2020. The body of Congressman John Lewis will lie in state in Montgomery and the U.S.capital as an honored American hero, a brave man, a moral[Read More…]

by July 27, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Woman is looking at a man communicating with her rom a monitor standing on the table before her. Woman has a tablet, potted plant and red cup of coffee are on the table before her. Blank bulletin board is hanging on the wall.

It Isn’t Just About Online Learning: Broadening the Post-Coronavirus Discussion on Teaching in Higher Education

We live in a time where various technologies are advancing at an exponential rate. This accelerated progress is influencing all aspects of our lives, and inevitably, has a profound impact on the job market. Surveys conducted among employers show that, although knowledge is important, a greater emphasis is being put on skills – specifically “soft” skills, more than ever before.[Read More…]

by July 27, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Minutes from Makkah : Hajj 2019

Minutes from Makkah : Hajj 2019

The vast lands of Arafat, the circumambulation around Kaaba, the humongous swarms of humanity at Rami Jamrat, the long, very long queues outside the washrooms at the tent city Mina! The list of memorable moments from our last year’s Hajj is endless. No one in his wildest of the nightmares had dreamed Hajj 2020, would be so contrastingly different. Can’t[Read More…]

by July 26, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Samir Amin on Cuba

Samir Amin on Cuba

Samir Amin was one of the great anti-imperialist Marxist intellectuals of the 20th century. I have elsewhere called him a ‘global organic intellectual’ because he drew his conclusions from a wealth of primary data little considered by mainstream academe; namely, the sincere theoretical/political reflections of ‘third-world’ radical intellectuals, with whom he engaged in constant discussions, on seven continents, for over five decades[Read More…]

by July 25, 2020 Life/Philosophy
U Sambasivarao : Tribuate to a great Bahujan visionary

U Sambasivarao : Tribuate to a great Bahujan visionary

It was early January when I traveled to Vijayawada to participate in the World Atheist Conference and while returning, I thought to travel to Hyderabad too to meet friends. My dear friend Sujatha Surepally told me that I could stay at the office of Desidasa, the magazine, Usaa Sambasiva Rao garu had started and which she has been the editor.[Read More…]

by July 25, 2020 Life/Philosophy
A Nun’s story

A Nun’s story

One of the most widely-known and deeply-admired of all Indian nuns who gave up the habit after receiving the call of liberation theology, is a daughter of Kerala who goes by the name of Dayabai. When she left home at Pullattu Veedu in Poovarani, near Pala in Kottayam district, to become a missionary nun, she used to be called Mercy[Read More…]

by July 24, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Agriculturalism And Hindutva

Agriculturalism And Hindutva

In China there was a philosophical school called Agriculturism between 770 BCE and 221 BCE. The main philosopher, who represented this school with a sophisticated exposition of that philosophy, was Xu Xing (372-289 BCE). His main philosophy was that people’s propensity is based on farming than to any other thing. By the third and the fourth century BCE the Chinese[Read More…]

by July 24, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Mehmood Gami

Mehmood Gami

I fell in love with the word GAMI so adopted it as my Pen name Mehmood Gami, the 19th century Sufi poet of Kashmir, born at Dooru Shahabad in 1765 A.D and passed away in 1855 A.D. Shahabad, then called Ver Pargana (Verinag), is one of the ancient villages of valley Kashmir. When Mughal Emperor Jahangir along with his wife[Read More…]

by July 23, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Celebrity Culture, Propaganda and Capitalism

Celebrity Culture, Propaganda and Capitalism

The triumph of capitalist chimeras based on false propaganda and its criminal follies at the millennium, raises several questions on the rise of celebrity culture of fame and fortune. The celebrity cultures use popular culture and establish its grip over public imagination on different issues in the society, politics, economy, culture and religion. The celebrity culture shapes people’s ideas, interests,[Read More…]

by July 22, 2020 Life/Philosophy
ca. 2004, New Zealand, Pacific --- Flock of sheep, New Zealand, Pacific --- Image by © Mula Eshet/Robert Harding World Imagery/Corbis

Revolutionary Group Dynamics: How Minorities Influence Majorities, From Group Complicity To Collective Creativity

Orientation From the macro to the micro When it comes to stereotypes of the masses of revolutionary people, the masses have built barricades that look like forts which they hide behind, armed with guns. But if we trace the behavior of masses back far enough to pre-revolutionary situations, masses become groups. In order to understand how masses of people become[Read More…]

by July 20, 2020 Life/Philosophy
John Lewis: The Iconic Civil Rights Leader Dies

John Lewis: The Iconic Civil Rights Leader Dies

FILE – In this Feb. 15, 2011, file photo, President Barack Obama presents a 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom to U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Lewis, who carried the struggle against racial discrimination from Southern battlegrounds of the 1960s to the halls of Congress, died Friday, July[Read More…]

by July 19, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Colourism: How Different Shades Lead To Differences

Colourism: How Different Shades Lead To Differences

As soon as a child is born, the second question asked is, “gora hai ya kala” as obviously the first being, “ladka hai ya ladki”. We live in a society where being born as a male is already a privilege in itself let alone your complexion, as it doesn’t really matter, but God forbid if you’re a girl, that too[Read More…]

by July 18, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Makhan Singh, Who?

Makhan Singh, Who?

            In 2006, I had an opportunity to visit  Zanzibar, a fabled island in the Indian Ocean with which India has had commercial and cultural relations for hundreds of years. Zanzibar is a part of Tanzania where thousands of Indian Africans have lived since long. A few months before I landed in Zanzibar, an important book launch had taken place,[Read More…]

by July 18, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Never say die: Disability is not about inability

Never say die: Disability is not about inability

They may be differently abled, but they do not lack in ability. Yes, I am talking about the more than one billion people in the world who live with some form of disability. They could be persons with impaired functions of the senses, mobility, cognition or with psychosocial difficulties. Out of these, an estimated 690 million live in the Asia[Read More…]

by July 17, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The situation of Auto Rickshaw Operators of Kolkata

The situation of Auto Rickshaw Operators of Kolkata

Auto rickshaws are a dominated transportation of Kolkata. According to a record of 2018, about a half lakh registered auto rickshaw (and a few thousand unregistered) used to ferry a few lakh passengers daily in different routes of the city before the lockdown. From unlock 1.0, government has been allowed to play auto rickshaw with some strict rules. i.e. regular[Read More…]

by July 16, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Lockdown lessons: How Covid-19 fuelled my passion for learning

Lockdown lessons: How Covid-19 fuelled my passion for learning

Covid-19 did the impossible: it changed the concept of time as a finite resource. Type A individuals, like me, were faced with the realisation that we had time on our hands. Therefore, we just had to make it as productive as possible. It sounded like good news. Gone were the dreadful Mondays that spoiled all our Sundays, and along with[Read More…]

by July 16, 2020 Life/Philosophy
A Support Group can be your Emotional safety net & lifeline

A Support Group can be your Emotional safety net & lifeline

This morning when I pulled opened the curtains to my dining room window overlooking the neighborhood park, I spotted one of my neighbors (let me call her Lillete) is power walking in the park. She looked radiant and chic in her joggers outfit. She appeared much energized. Looking back a few months ago, I remembered last year’s Halloween night (October[Read More…]

by July 16, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Ayudya in Thailand

Monolithic Concept of Ramayana is anti-Ramayana

Nepal Prime Minister, Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli as initiated a debate that what is known as Ayodhya in India is not original and the original Ayodhya of Sri Ram is on the west of Birganj in Nepal. According to him, it is a misunderstanding that Sita married an Indian Sri Ram. But Sri Ram is not Indian and he was[Read More…]

by July 15, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Oniomania

Oniomania

When life hasn’t got a swing anymore, people may give in to obsessive oniomanic compulsions, in as much as they are going out of their way to construct a flamboyant life style and change their identity from “don’t- need” to “must-have” consumers, so as to satisfy their gripping buying desire. Erike Pevernagie Man is a creature of instincts, desires, feelings,[Read More…]

by July 15, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Feeling blue

Convert Hard Times Into Opportunities- “If winter comes, can spring be far behind”

Do you feel you’re passing through hard times? We may be facing a new health, financial, or relational problems, but more frequently, our hard times arise from our mind. Mental hard time is mostly a wounded ego. In such times, all we need is a shift in our thinking, the way we see and that life. Here are five tips[Read More…]

by July 15, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Mitali Chakravarty Interviews Binu Mathew

Mitali Chakravarty Interviews Binu Mathew

Can you interview an online site? You can’t. So, I did the next best thing. I interviewed Binu Mathew, the man behind the award-winning million readers a month or three million-page views a month online journal, Countercurrents. Mathew claims this is not a big thing except that his journal is based on ideology and openness. He calls it a “people’s journal”[Read More…]

by July 15, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The Politics Behind Changing Curriculum

The Politics Behind Changing Curriculum

“Every major change in the education structure needs to be understood as being intimately connected to a shift in power.” Stuart Hall Ages ago, Hall rightly thought of education as a pursuit of politics ‘by other means’. Today when the Indian government has decided to eliminate certain chapters from school books, we need to see how this step is not[Read More…]

by July 14, 2020 Life/Philosophy
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Tsundoku

          The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones: J. Joubert Book buying like other things is a passion. Academicians and students love to buy books. Students and academicians have natural propensity towards book buying. Everyone of us has a natural and unconditional passion for books. Whether we[Read More…]

by July 14, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Comrade DV Rao: Unique Role In  Indian Communist Movement

Comrade DV Rao: Unique Role In  Indian Communist Movement

Prominent communist revolutionary (CR) leader of India, DV Rao (Devulapalli Venkateswara  Rao 1917 June 1-1984 July 12), was  known for his unique role in leading the historic Telangana People’s Armed Struggle (1940-51). Every year  in July he, and his inseparable comrade-in-arms T. Nagi Reddy (TN 1917-1976), who also died in the same month,  are remembered by thousands of people through[Read More…]

by July 12, 2020 Life/Philosophy
A Love Story in a Turbulent Time

A Love Story in a Turbulent Time

Egyptian actor Omar Sharif poses for a photograph in 2009. Photo: Reuters. He passed away on July 10, 2015 Egyptian born debonair actor Omar Sharif’s passing on July 10th marks the end of an era. After hearing the sad news, I immediately sent a text to my best friend Maryam (a diehard fan of Omar Sharif). She immediately texted me[Read More…]

by July 10, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Elderly and the Culture of ‘Adda’

Elderly and the Culture of ‘Adda’

            ‘Adda’  is a popular culture of Bengalis. Now it has been spread over. It has social, psychological importance in the daily life of almost all ages of the population. But it has no economic productivity. The word, ‘adda’ has been incorporated into the Oxford English Dictionary in 2004. It has been defined as ‘a conversation among members, who were[Read More…]

by July 9, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Love, Dating and Relationships in Covid-19

Love, Dating and Relationships in Covid-19

Co-Written by Sritama Chaudhuri  & Dr. Suraj Beri Meghna (name changed) looks anxiously at her phone. She has been one of those ardent “woke millennials”, who would campaign for every right cause on internet. She did the same when lockdown rules where declared for the first time. Hand-wash, sanitizer in bag, mask on face, 6 ft distancing…everything check. Her meticulous[Read More…]

by July 6, 2020 Life/Philosophy
We Need Digital Detox

We Need Digital Detox

 Cell phones are so convenient that they’re an inconvenience. Haruki Murakami Technology, as we know, has transformed our life. It has made things easy for us. It has lessened the humdrum of our day to day life through its entertaining tools and gadgets. Because of technological and communication revolution modern man has become a kind of post-human (a person or[Read More…]

by July 5, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Important Growth Lessons from Life in Lockdown days…

Important Growth Lessons from Life in Lockdown days…

The World changed in March of 2020. We’ll be able to to tell coming generations of this season we’re living through. We will speak of the pain and the harm. And we will talk of the wisdom and honour that this time has delivered to us and also reflecting on the good that we may find as we stay inside,shelter-in-place[Read More…]

by July 5, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Dropping “Fair” from Fair & Lovely: Can we change the mindset?

Dropping “Fair” from Fair & Lovely: Can we change the mindset?

The finest clothing made is a person’s own skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this. — Mark Twain An advertisement for Fair and Lovely, a skin whitening product showing results of before and after use Pico Iyer who writes about cultures converging refers to India as his “stepmother land.” In next to the last chapter of his[Read More…]

by July 3, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Exigent-messages, non-existent anecdotes: From Thanedar to Forester

Exigent-messages, non-existent anecdotes: From Thanedar to Forester

For the past some days, whatsapp is abuzz with a news  of a Buzarg ( senior citizen) from Pakistan who has won a court case after 13 years’ long legal battle in a Pakistani court.  The poor man is seen standing in a photo alongside a BBC Urdu News logo & a 5000 rupee Pakistani currency note, conspicuously displayed in[Read More…]

by July 2, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Democratic Anarchy will Build the Best Life Possible

Democratic Anarchy will Build the Best Life Possible

Democratic anarchy is a new form of democracy based on the equal rights of people to evaluate others. It will solve social problems and make the best life possible. This article presents how to achieve it, as well as the obstacles facing it.   People are aware of their weaknesses in nature. When they succeed in overcoming their weakness they feel[Read More…]

by July 2, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Men wearing protective masks walk as they carry bags, amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Nizamuddin, area of New Delhi, India, March 31,  2020. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Tablighi Jamat (TJ) Should Focus on Learning Rather than Preaching in the post-Covid-19 World

Soon after independence, when Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru of India saw on Delhi roads thousands of skull-capped bearded men in white robes, worryingly he asked the Director of Intelligence Bureau (IB) to investigate who these people were, and whether there was any threat to the nation from them. After thorough investigation, the IB Director conveyed to him that there is[Read More…]

by July 1, 2020 Life/Philosophy
What Did Cedric Robinson Mean by Racial Capitalism?

What Did Cedric Robinson Mean by Racial Capitalism?

Cedric J. Robinson’s passing this summer at the age of seventy-five went virtually unnoticed. Professor emeritus of political science and black studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and arguably one of the most original political theorists of his generation, no major U.S. newspaper determined that Robinson’s passing merited even a single paragraph. Although he deliberately avoided the pitfalls[Read More…]

by July 1, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Who is the savage?

Who is the savage?

In 1922, Sir John Maffrey, head of the British Empire’s North West Frontier Province, put this nonchalant query to his superiors about civilian deaths during bombings: “What are the rules for this kind of cricket?” The equally callous response was: “International law does not apply against savage tribes who do not conform to codes of ‘civilized’ warfare. It is the[Read More…]

by June 30, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Living the (un)certain

Living the (un)certain

This pandemic has put a question mark on our plans, sureties, certainties and securities. I distinctly remember hurriedly booking my tickets and packing for the next day to rush home (I was certain just for a week or 10 days) as the panic over Covid-19 started to increase, it was 19th March, 2020. After I reached home leaving most of[Read More…]

by June 30, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Covid, Leadership, Parenting, Protests

Covid, Leadership, Parenting, Protests

They say a parent or a carer is the hardest job you will love. It is absolutely the most important and challenging leadership role. All grown up children, whether it be daughters or sons are truly anxious today. We cannot blame them. When we were of their age, we were either starting University or doing part time jobs and was[Read More…]

by June 27, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Why banning online classes for primary kids isn’t a good idea amidst Covid-19

Why banning online classes for primary kids isn’t a good idea amidst Covid-19

In the midst of isolation crisis, when all educational institutions have been stirred to online teaching and up-scaled teachers’ digital skills through school-based training interventions, few states like Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh had placed a restriction on online classes for primary school-going children. Online learning, no doubt is by far the most compelling alternative in the times of Covid-19[Read More…]

by June 24, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Feeling blue

Depression: Invincible but not impossible

Recently, the news about the sad demise of renowned Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput at his residence in Bandra apartment in Mumbai on June 14 staggered the whole country and the Bollywood fraternity en masse. Prima facie report revealed the anoxic strangulation by hanging himself to death. Following the news, there were many speculations that would have forced him to[Read More…]

by June 24, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Morality, Lies and Truth

Morality, Lies and Truth

One of the most fascinating writers about morality is Lawrence Kohlberg.  I have read lots of his writings. He initially divided up morality into six stages. Some people are stuck on the lower levels or mid levels of his scale. What can be very interesting Is to look at yourself and others who you fairly well know and find out[Read More…]

by June 23, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Significance of Protest Against Power for Human Progress

Significance of Protest Against Power for Human Progress

As social, economic and political Darwinism dominates the intellectual debates and discourses to naturalise and normalise capitalist exploitation and inequalities, survival of the fittest is becoming the new normal. The best human qualities based on love, peace, sympathies, empathies and coexistence are becoming the signs of human weakness in the rat race success and survival.  In this process, human beings[Read More…]

by June 23, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Sushant, and the Aftermath

Sushant, and the Aftermath

We have witnessed multiple debates on social media over the suicide of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput in the last few days. The Bollywood ‘fraternity’ reacted instantly after his demise. No wonder- their views are categorically distinct from one another. A group of celebrity suddenly poured their sympathy for Sushant by concerning mental health. Few other celebrities are pointing towards[Read More…]

by June 23, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Do Indian educational campuses care for mental health??? My experience with Mental health issues

Do Indian educational campuses care for mental health??? My experience with Mental health issues

With the demise of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh, suddenly whole India has started talking about mental health. There are several poems, stories, and messages which are circulated on social media regarding mental health. I am asking to all fellow citizens that do we need news on famous suicide to talk about mental health? Can’t we talk about mental health in[Read More…]

by June 22, 2020 Life/Philosophy
We’re In This Together… or Are We?

We’re In This Together… or Are We?

As we trudge along amidst a global pandemic, surrounded by stories of doom, despair, and death, it is no easy feat to stay upbeat.   Big words are floating in the virtual world, Everybody has something to say. A much public piece of sad news has shaken us, Particularly since the times are so grey.   There are self-determined labels,[Read More…]

by June 22, 2020 Life/Philosophy
In search of God: Death by misunderstanding

In search of God: Death by misunderstanding

Amjad Farid Sabri (23 December 1970 – 22 June 2016) Today is the 4th anniversary of the shooting death of Amjad Farid Sabri. He was a majestic and highly revered Pakistani Sufi singer and famous qawwal. Sabri came from a storied family of musicians, a “proponent of the Sufi Muslim tradition.” His musical family is recognized as the “legendary Sabri brothers,”[Read More…]

by June 22, 2020 Life/Philosophy
 Photo by Lauren Burke

 Freedom Unmasked

To hell with tyranny! Thou shalt not muzzle me!! I was born to be free!!! Now, here’s the thing… I am not a lizard. I am not a fish. I am a great ape. Since our creation every human being was born to not be completely free and independent. Anyone who raised an infant without regulations and prevention would not have that[Read More…]

by June 22, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Unraveling the “I am here for you”

Unraveling the “I am here for you”

Are people with mental health issues ready to open up and are people ready to listen without judgements? Sitting at lunch, swiping through social media and suddenly receiving the grave news of Sushant Singh Rajput dying of suicide, left me in utter shock. I remember discarding the news as fake and checking at least 10 websites before letting it sink[Read More…]

by June 22, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The Multifarious Hajini and his Discourses

The Multifarious Hajini and his Discourses

  To unpack the personality of Professor Mohi-ud-Din Hajini, the multifarious man, is intractable for a mediocre like me. What to call the man who was larger-than- life and was made of sterner stuff? He was many in one. A genuine Philosopher, a genius Islamic scholar, a real revivalist, an honest translator, an appealing educationist, a great teacher, a staunch[Read More…]

by June 21, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Parenting: The ultimate jigsaw puzzle

Parenting: The ultimate jigsaw puzzle

Child psychologists generally believe that parenting style adopted is primarily responsible for the behavior of children. It also affects the performance of the child in everything worth mentioning throughout his life. There has been an intense debate going on regarding the adoption of parenting styles for children’s all-round development. There are diverse opinions about any specific style to be followed[Read More…]

by June 21, 2020 Life/Philosophy
 Father’s Day 2020

 Father’s Day 2020

  Father’s Day is a great tradition to celebrate and honor the father. However, it is also a stressful day for many people. I feel the joy and the pain of both groups, here are some thoughts about each group. First of all, my heart goes out to those who did not have a good relationship between father and children.[Read More…]

by June 21, 2020 Life/Philosophy
A New Look: 6th International Yoga Day, 21st June 2020

A New Look: 6th International Yoga Day, 21st June 2020

At this crucial juncture,  when all the nations of the world are facing,  perhaps,  the severest challenge to combat the deadly novelCoronavirus,  a new look into the 6th International Yoga Day, being observed on 21st June 2020,  is demanded.  The world has witnessed a death toll of 4,42,770 and has afflicted more than 81,92,261 in just  seventy days.  While United[Read More…]

by June 20, 2020 Life/Philosophy
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A Green Memorial For A True Friend

He was the apple of the eye for whom ever met him. It was only after we lost him that every one realised what that usage meant “apple of the eye”. To his mother, K was the baby boy who never ever grew up though he was 6 feet tall and had a striding gait. To his sister, he was[Read More…]

by June 20, 2020 Life/Philosophy
 Knowing Comrade Bishnu Rava

 Knowing Comrade Bishnu Rava

Bishnu Prasad Rava is known as a Cultural Icon, one of the triumvirates of Assam along with Jyoti Prasad Agarwala and Phani Sharma, whose death and birth anniversary is celebrated across the state in glittering events.   His thousands of bust and life-size statues can be seen in school and college yards, inside university campuses, and office premises. Auditoriums and parks[Read More…]

by June 20, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Poor Mankind !!

Poor Mankind !!

To what standpoint have you raised the happiness of man? Has there ever been an age which has counted so many victims to humanity as the present? Has there ever been an age in which immorality and egotism have been greater or more dominant than in this one? The tree is known by its fruits. Mad men! With your imaginary[Read More…]

by June 20, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Unemployment: A Social Challenge

Unemployment: A Social Challenge

           Being un-employed is nothing less than a social stigma in contemporary times. This you can realise only if you are someone who is un-employed or has experienced the same. The modern society has been constructed in such a manner that there exists no existence for the un-employed youth. The community recognizes you only if you[Read More…]

by June 20, 2020 Life/Philosophy
 Pathogens, Pandemics, Protests – and The Dialectical Biologist

 Pathogens, Pandemics, Protests – and The Dialectical Biologist

Remembering the science and activism of Richard Levins in the time of corona The resurgence of infectious disease is but one manifestation of a more general crisis: the eco-social distress syndrome—the pervasive multilevel crisis of dysfunctional relations within our species and between it and the rest of nature…It is both a generic crisis of the human species and a specific[Read More…]

by June 18, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Undermining Pandemic: A look back

Undermining Pandemic: A look back

Health is one of the basic human rights of a human being. But this has always been undermined by the governments everywhere in the world, even though the UN has proclaimed–Health is a right. Some of the States have incorporated it in their constitution but it stands as a customary one. Majority of the countries don’t guarantee that none of[Read More…]

Life without the Hijab: A Woman’s Journey to Freedom?

Life without the Hijab: A Woman’s Journey to Freedom?

I met my dear friend Maryam in the spring of 1980. We studied at the same US University in Rhode Island. She was a couple of years older than me as she was doing her Masters in Sociology and Community Development. The very first conversation I had with her was on a Friday afternoon as all the foreign students were[Read More…]

by June 18, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Let’s Talk About It: ‘a HOLE-lot in your life’

Let’s Talk About It: ‘a HOLE-lot in your life’

We’re all mindful about the tragedy which has taken place recently, yes I’m talking about Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide, I thought even I should talk about the importance of mental well-being here. The news has stunned all of us since at some place or the other we were associated with him even despite the fact that it was through web-based[Read More…]

by June 18, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Aspects of Russian Communism And Why Communism in the West Would Be Different

Aspects of Russian Communism And Why Communism in the West Would Be Different

               A civilization reveals itself as fruitful by its ability to incite others to imitate it: when it no longer dazzles them it is reduced to a mere collection of odds and ends and vestiges of former worldly greatness. The successive attempts of Napoleon and Hitler to create a world empire failed, as the United States of North[Read More…]

by June 17, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Sushant’s Death and the Idea of Communication: Mental Health, Public lives and Tragedies

Sushant’s Death and the Idea of Communication: Mental Health, Public lives and Tragedies

” I am what time, circumstance, history have made of me, certainly; but I am also much more than that, So are we all” – James Baldwin. With the sad news, which broke on a Sunday afternoon, the pictures of Sushant Singh Rajput were trending all across the media outlets and social media platforms. People from different walks of life[Read More…]

by June 17, 2020 Life/Philosophy
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Freedom

Freedom, one of the most mischievous concepts, covers much and many: individual, society, country, class, philosophy, political science, jurisprudence, teacher, student, education-boss, artist, author, singer, worker, capitalist, economic, political, ecological, cultural, ideological, conscience, thought, expression, association, press, plunder, exploit, appropriate, expropriate, dominate, protest, resist, revolt, overthrow domination. In cases, opposing positions arise. The positions clash regularly, and invariably. With varied[Read More…]

by June 16, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Loss of a Diamond in a Coal Mine: Sushant Singh Rajput

Loss of a Diamond in a Coal Mine: Sushant Singh Rajput

  “I’m a trained engineer, so I’m conditioned to come up with a right answer to a difficult question, but when it comes to art, there is no definite answer because it’s so subjective.” Talented young actor Sushant Singh Rajput is now no more with us. The boy from Patna who left a career in Engineering to pursue acting, will[Read More…]

by June 16, 2020 Life/Philosophy
#Minnesota, Sketch by Dustin Pickering

Chipping Away At Time’s Edifice

“…history is potent enough to deliver, on time, in the medium to long run, most of the possible scenarios, and to eventually bury the bad guy.” Nassim Nicolas Taleb, Fooled by Randomness This essay assumes a personal and historical tone during time of global unrest. It is my response to the murder of George Floyd and seeks to re-imagine what could[Read More…]

by June 15, 2020 Life/Philosophy
 Virtual Teaching: A New Normal

 Virtual Teaching: A New Normal

With the outbreak of COVID-19, educational institutions had to change their mode of teaching. Though virtual teaching is not something new, but doing it on a daily basis has made it a new normal.  Educational institutions started an online mode of teaching to recommence the studies. Now when teachers and students get ready in the morning, it is to gear[Read More…]

by June 12, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Long Live The Memory Of Comrade Gananath Patro

Long Live The Memory Of Comrade Gananath Patro

The Staunch FighterFor The Communist Revolutionary Cause The UCCRI(ML) condoles the passing away of Comrade Gananath Patro, a prominent Communist Revolutionary leader hailing from the State of Odisha. He breathed his last at 4.50 pm on Saturday 6th June 2020 at his home in Rourkela, Odisha. With advancing age and suffering from various ailments he was bedridden for the last[Read More…]

by June 11, 2020 Life/Philosophy
In Conversation with Binu Mathew, Editor, Countercurrents.org

In Conversation with Binu Mathew, Editor, Countercurrents.org

For the last eighteen years Countercurrents.org has emerged as truly as the voice of the diverse set of activists working on human rights, freedom of expression, climate change, nationality questions, caste and race questions, gender discourse. It has emerged as the voice of the oppressed and all those denied rights. It emerged as a true alternative media. The force behind[Read More…]

by June 11, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Curse to the Winter

Curse to the Winter

             Winter is the cruelest season of all the season. Cruel like a tyrant or an oppressor.  It kills what is green, deforms what is beautiful and dethrones the pleasurable seasons. No mercy it shows to the old, kids, women and men-all are tortured by its harshness, barbarianism and its ruthlessness. Tyranny knows no gender,[Read More…]

by June 10, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Niggas!!!

Niggas!!!

In Gary Pomerantz’s recent book on Bob Cousy, ” The Last Pass”, he relates a story about the Boston Celtics All Star as to race relations. This was from 1950, when most of our nation was even more segregated than we (still) are now. Cousy was a rookie that year and roomed with the team’s only black player, Chuck Cooper.[Read More…]

by June 9, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Echo chambers , Post – Truth Era and the Fear of  Missing Out: A millennial’s tale

Echo chambers , Post – Truth Era and the Fear of  Missing Out: A millennial’s tale

“I am a millennial. We invented social media. So I should be really good at this” – when Emma from the popular web series starts narrating her tale, it sets my mind on fire. Infact millennials are the  early adopters of social media and have embraced these platforms widely as a main form of communication. It was during my bachelors that Whatsapp started[Read More…]

by June 9, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Un-bracketing the Locked Down/Up Selves under the Quarantine: A Response to (im)possibility of Solitude

Un-bracketing the Locked Down/Up Selves under the Quarantine: A Response to (im)possibility of Solitude

Co-Written by Bikash Sarma & Shruti Sharma Rousseau in Solitude. National Endowment for the Humanities.  neh.gov. Catherine Malabou’s recent reflections on the ‘psychic space’ under the lockdown makes one wonder about the socio-spatio-temporal nature of the very quarantined state as well as of quarantining oneself within it. The quarantine – that we have been dwelling in now for sometime –[Read More…]

by June 8, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Identity Politics: A Progressive Re-configuration

Identity Politics: A Progressive Re-configuration

Identitarian politics has always been a topic overladen with mixed and inchoate views. Some perceive it as a positive phenomenon and others comprehend it as atavistic and socially detrimental. Its positivity lies in the fact that it can embolden a particular marginalized community to initiate minority politics or indigenist politics like the one occurring in Latin America which possesses transformative[Read More…]

by June 8, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Photo credit: Mickey Z.

Welcome to a Pandemic of Collective Grief

  “I could not count the times during the average day when something would come up that I needed to tell him. This impulse did not end with his death. What ended was the possibility of response.” (Joan Didion) From their initial pairing in 1927, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy made up one of the 20th century’s most beloved comedy duos. Upon[Read More…]

by June 8, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Feeling blue

COVID 19 and Mental Health

Co-Written by Hemraj P Jangir & Mamta Yadav   It has been more than four months but the whole world is still grappling with the pandemic. Every day we are getting distressing news and images on social media. The COVID-19 has brought many changes in our daily lives. These changes have not only been of staying at home, dining at[Read More…]

by June 7, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The Convention of Mikhail Bakunin and Legacy

The Convention of Mikhail Bakunin and Legacy

Even the most wretched individual of our present society could not exist and develop without the cumulative social efforts of countless generations.-Mikail Bakunin Michael Alexandrovitch Bakunin was born on 30th May, 1814, in the Russian province of Tvar. He was the eldest son of a retired diplomat, who was a member of the ancient Russian nobility. Young Michael passed his[Read More…]

by June 6, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Photo by rorris

Our Tryst With Mortality

Death! It has always been around. Ever since we began understanding the world a bit, we knew death was a phenomenon; something, which happened only to others, mostly to the old. Of course, occasionally it happened to a few young also, in tragic accidents or illnesses, or in wars. Sadly, very often to the poor though, who had neither food[Read More…]

by June 6, 2020 Life/Philosophy
 Onset of Mental Health Crisis: Changing the Conversation in Pandemic times

 Onset of Mental Health Crisis: Changing the Conversation in Pandemic times

Co-Written by Jitamanyu Sahoo & Syed Mujtaba Hussain The current pandemic situation across the globe has accentuated the pre-existing trend of mental health issues to the global forefront.  What is more alarming is most of the world is under complete or partial lockdown and people living or developing mental health issues are unable to access the basic treatment. The emergence[Read More…]

by June 4, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Challenges in Seeking Health Care amidst COVID 19 Pandemic: Experiences of Cancer Patients

Challenges in Seeking Health Care amidst COVID 19 Pandemic: Experiences of Cancer Patients

Co-Written by Akhter Hussain Bhat &  Noorain Batool Khan The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has become a worldwide threat and a major healthcare concern. Since its outbreak in China, the virus has so far affected more than 5.72 million people with over 3.56 lakh deaths globally causing widespread concern, fear, anxiety and stress. Owing to the severe infectious nature of[Read More…]

by June 2, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Self-reliance and the Continuous Cycle of Exploitation

Self-reliance and the Continuous Cycle of Exploitation

On May 12, 2020 the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi in his address to the nation announced the ‘Aatmnirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan’— ‘Self-reliant India Mission’. He mentioned this pandemic can be changed into an opportunity to develop the nation and help the world.  Addressing to the nation he said that today there is a ‘will and way’ both, to become[Read More…]

by May 31, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Woman is looking at a man communicating with her rom a monitor standing on the table before her. Woman has a tablet, potted plant and red cup of coffee are on the table before her. Blank bulletin board is hanging on the wall.

Digital Divide: Obvious and Clear Between Haves and Havenots

Co-Written by Abass Rather & Aqib Yousuf Government’s announcement to switch over from physical class room to virtual class room during the Covid 19 Pandemic lockdown period seems to be a digital revolutionary step. It seems that govt is in no mood of compromise on the issue of education. Students should not suffer due to the outbreak of covid 19[Read More…]

by May 31, 2020 Life/Philosophy
One Life, One Love, 300 Children

One Life, One Love, 300 Children

Keith Lyons writes of Tendol Gyalzur, a COVID 19 victim, a refugee and an orphan who found new lives for many other orphans with love and an ability to connect. This story is about how one person found joy and happiness, not in accumulating material possessions or going viral on social media, but in finding her purpose through doing service, and[Read More…]

by May 31, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Lives In Education

Lives In Education

Human history as cultural history We need to reform our teaching of history so that the emphasis will be placed on the gradual growth of human culture and knowledge, a growth to which all nations and ethnic groups have contributed. A new freely downloadable book I would like to announce the publication of a book which presents the history of[Read More…]

by May 30, 2020 Life/Philosophy

COVID-19: Zafrullah Chowdhury, Women, and the Dot Blot Kit

A valiant freedom fighter and an indomitable spirit during the liberation war and afterwards, Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury is a known figure in the sub-continent. With a larger than life persona he does not need a grand introduction. On Sunday night, the last thing that I had read before going to bed is that Zafrullah Chowdhury has tested positive for Covid-19.[Read More…]

by May 29, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Passing Behind Our Backs

Passing Behind Our Backs

I never met the great basketball player, Bob Cousy, the man known as “the Houdini of the Hardwood,” yet he somehow influenced my life in ways I never knew, or to be more accurate, in ways I didn’t reflect upon except in superficial ways.  He was the guy who brought professional basketball into the modern era with his bag of[Read More…]

by May 29, 2020 Life/Philosophy
What You Kill When You Kill Someone

What You Kill When You Kill Someone

When you kill a person you kill more than just another body. You kill a brain, a soul, a congealed set of experiences, emotions, and connections. You kill loves, wants, thoughts, desires, ideas. You kill futures and pasts. You kill loves ones’ hopes and calm. You kill sleep. You kill joys and laughs. You kill all the books read, all[Read More…]

by May 29, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Responsibility of the Intellectuals and Indian Burden

Responsibility of the Intellectuals and Indian Burden

Just after the end of World War 2, American writer and political radical Dwight Macdonald wrote the essay Responsibility of the Intellectuals in 1945, in which he strongly criticised the war. He was depressed of war efforts and its horror, the bombings and destruction of cities. He asked the question: ‘To what extent the German or Japanese people were responsible[Read More…]

by May 28, 2020 Life/Philosophy
It is Time to Learn from Lenin instead of Denigrating him

It is Time to Learn from Lenin instead of Denigrating him

Recently, I came across an article in The Indian Express by writer, teacher and social activist Apoorvanand. It was rejoinder to some article. Initially, it appeared to me to suggest that there is no need to imitate Lenin’s model of revolution in India. But when I went through the whole piece, I was astonished and highly disappointed. He not only[Read More…]

by May 27, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Adieu, My Adenium

Adieu, My Adenium

Last Bloom, April 2017 Early 1998, I visited Bhopal for some work. Bhopal has a lot of plant nurseries and supplies them to many places in India. I also decided to buy some plants. I knew little about exotic plants then. A friend of mine helped me select some nice plants and one of them was a small sapling of[Read More…]

by May 27, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Retrieving the True meaning of word Jihad

Retrieving the True meaning of word Jihad

Words Jihad and Jihadi have been in abundant use for the negative purposes from last two decades in particular. They have been closleyl linked to the word terrorism and violence, done by section of Muslims here and there. This global use of word is particularly a post 9/11 phenomenon. Just to recapitulate after the WTC was hit by two aeroplanes;[Read More…]

by May 26, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Online examinations: towards educational genocide of students of School of Open Learning

Online examinations: towards educational genocide of students of School of Open Learning

It is circa 2020 and we are in the middle of a declared pandemic and a nation-wide lockdown. In the current extraordinary circumstances, university students have been simply asked to concentrate on their studies, and now, be ready to appear for open book examinations in several leading universities. Of course, it is presumed that the poorest of the poor students[Read More…]

by May 24, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Woman is looking at a man communicating with her rom a monitor standing on the table before her. Woman has a tablet, potted plant and red cup of coffee are on the table before her. Blank bulletin board is hanging on the wall.

Education in the time of Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic is seen as a ‘useful crisis’ in which to transform the economy. Yet the university system has not received any such ‘stimulus’ of fresh ways of thinking about education. While exams do play a role, they are being fetishized as the return of ‘normalcy’ even as many students have been left to themselves in the face of[Read More…]

by May 23, 2020 Life/Philosophy
To Be A Dissident

To Be A Dissident

What does it mean to be a dissident? At its simplest, it means to critically engage with and seek to change the material and the ideological structures of the society in which you find yourself, whether local, national, regional, or global. It means the ability to say “no” to those in power, even if the immediate opportunities for real change[Read More…]

by May 23, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The ‘Vayye-Vayya’ society: Morbidity and medicalization in Kerala

The ‘Vayye-Vayya’ society: Morbidity and medicalization in Kerala

A lot had already been written about the high morbidity conscious Kerala society and especially what was being called in the early eighties as the ‘Kerala Paradox’. This essentially is a conceptual complex which meant that  the morbidity rate was very high in Kerala compared to the low mortality and it also meant that the state could achieve better  health[Read More…]

Tribute to Dr Vijayam, renowned humanist

Tribute to Dr Vijayam, renowned humanist

Dr Goparaju Vijayam or popularly known as Dr Vijayam, passed away, in the morning today at his home at the Atheist Center in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. The loss is tremendous as far as the humanist movement in India is concern as Vijayam Garu was one of the pioneers. He was also the Executive Director of Atheist Center founded eighty years[Read More…]

by May 23, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The Soul Shall Rise             

The Soul Shall Rise             

  The soul shall rise from the deep depths of darkness. The darkness that has layers after layers, hence exists in many forms. The manyness of this darkness, its different shades, blurs the realities and forces the soul to leave the search for the truth and negotiate with the environment- dark indeed. The force of darkness is so mighty that[Read More…]

by May 22, 2020 Life/Philosophy
90 Years of Martyrdom of Bhagwati Charan Vohra: Revolutionary, Visionary and Mentor to Bhagat Singh

90 Years of Martyrdom of Bhagwati Charan Vohra: Revolutionary, Visionary and Mentor to Bhagat Singh

Co-Written by Prabal Saran Agarwal, Harsh Vardhan Tripathy & Ankur Goswami  “We find many ardent youth contending themselves with distributing grain among the poor and nursing the sick all their life. These men are noble and self-denying but they cannot understand that charity cannot solve the problem of hunger and disease in India and, for that matter, in any other[Read More…]

by May 21, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Learning During The Pandemic

Learning During The Pandemic

India has started Lockdown 4.0 with dismal numbers. We are already over 1 lakh cases, and as much as NITI Aayog would predict otherwise, the slump in cases is yet to come. A large part of the country’s 1.3 billion population has been at home since over 50 days now; I say a large part because it excludes the homeless[Read More…]

by May 20, 2020 Life/Philosophy
No Tea, Only Talk: The ‘Missing’ Interactions in the Digital Space

No Tea, Only Talk: The ‘Missing’ Interactions in the Digital Space

The unprecedented situation that the global community faces in the wake of Corona induced pandemic and the fear, panic, isolation and uncertainty that it has brought with it, has left many wondering about the future of the world in general and their lives in particular. We, and I am sure I can say this for almost the entire world population,[Read More…]

by May 20, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The Online Double-bind

The Online Double-bind

The trap was set at least twenty-five years ago and the mice jumped at the smell of the cheese.  I am referring to the introduction of the computer as a mass necessity and the Internet that followed. I was slow to enter the trap, “forced” finally in 2007 by the college where I was teaching. Up to that point I[Read More…]

by May 18, 2020 Life/Philosophy
 Thinking about the “Power of the Powerless”

 Thinking about the “Power of the Powerless”

“There are things which are worth suffering for” wrote the Czech philosopher Jan Patočka shortly before his death which was caused, in part, by the treatment he received from the Czechoslovakian secret police in March 1977. My first admittedly cynical response to this rather Christian remark is: Really? What things exactly? And how much suffering? In Václav Havel’s famous essay of[Read More…]

by May 17, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Photo by John Vetterli

The Dawn

            It’s always darkest right before dawn. In this dark time, which is the most frightening experience for a lot of people, we must find our strength to go on. The Coronavirus pandemic is going to be over one day and we must try our hardest to make it. Many have been lost and many are fighting for their life.[Read More…]

by May 17, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Lesson 3: Life Skill Education

Lesson 3: Life Skill Education

Lockdown Series 5 As lock down moves to 50 days, there is a “new normal’ emerging. Human beings have the amazing and scary capacity to adapt and endure in myriad ways to crisis and tribulations maintaining the minimum “ business as usual” attitudes”. The days of lock down and Corona scare have brought out this fortitude and coping strategies of[Read More…]

by May 17, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Gandhi’s talisman is best guiding light to reform public health

Gandhi’s talisman is best guiding light to reform public health

Dr Sandeep Pandey, Shobha Shukla and Bobby Ramakant Mahatma Gandhi’s talisman is perhaps the best guiding light to reform the public health system in the wake of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic: “I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test- “Recall the face of the[Read More…]

by May 17, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The Weeping Cherry Tree

The Weeping Cherry Tree

Jamal Uddin had lived an ordinary and extraordinary life at the same time. His life story is about hard work, determination, and resilience in living the life of an immigrant in New York City. “Mr. Uddin was born in Chittagong, Bangladesh, where the Karnaphuli River flows into the Bay of Bengal. He was not poor, but he knew what it[Read More…]

by May 17, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Covid-19 pandemic and religious life

Covid-19 pandemic and religious life

Co-Written by Dr. Rahul Kumar & Anshu Kumar The world has witnessed another pandemic covid-19 and triggered the churning of a plethora of ideas concerning the rescue plan. The curve of Corona affected people is ever rising followed by the deaths in thousands. In India the spread of Coronavirus and subsequently constant lockdown has put the people under tremendous stress[Read More…]

by May 16, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Online Teaching in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Some Concerns

Online Teaching in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Some Concerns

The Corona virus outbreak has presented unprecedented challenges to different areas of public life, especially the   education system. Due to the pervasiveness of a novel virus, the closure of educational institutions and rebooting of learning, educational institutions are accompanied by frantic efforts to accomplish  the  syllabi in some or the other way. In this desperate situation, online education has been[Read More…]

by May 15, 2020 Life/Philosophy
A reader’s love note: tribute to RV Smith

A reader’s love note: tribute to RV Smith

It is rare to come across a person like Ronald Vivian Smith these days. The message of his ill timed demise during a state of widespread anxiety and impoverishment has come like a jolt of thunder. It feels as if a close family member has passed away into oblivion with all the precious stories still buried deep inside his youthful[Read More…]

by May 14, 2020 Life/Philosophy
My solemn tribute to journalist Fakhre Alam

My solemn tribute to journalist Fakhre Alam

Farkhre Alam of Bangladesh was not just a journalist, but also a poet and writer. He never speaks, but tells stories. In fact, when he speaks he talks as if he is telling stories. He was a contemporary journalist. He wrote smoothly with colloquial Bangla language, for which he have had his own style. I met him at his Chansra[Read More…]

by May 14, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Lesson 2: An Experience – Lockdown Musings 4

Lesson 2: An Experience – Lockdown Musings 4

Little Chinchu was in the much loved space of her grandparents home in a city far away from where she and her parents lived. She had come here two months back for the birth of her baby brother born a month ago. By the time words like COVID, Corona and Lockdown were household names. Chinchu was intrigued by the anxiety[Read More…]

by May 14, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The Role of Psychiatrists in a Pandemic Social Emergency

The Role of Psychiatrists in a Pandemic Social Emergency

I am sure we will recognise that there are some things in our society, some things in our world to which we should never be adjusted. There are some things concerning which we must always be maladjusted if we are to be people of good will.  We must never adjust ourselves to religious bigotry. We must never adjust ourselves to[Read More…]

by May 13, 2020 Life/Philosophy
On Mother’s Day: A Daughter’s Words of Love

On Mother’s Day: A Daughter’s Words of Love

Mother’s Day will be celebrated on May 10 this year. On this day, people celebrate motherhood and mothers in their families. We mothers are remembered and pampered and we simply love it. Mothers are thanked profusely for their efforts, sacrifices and children make this a special day for the mothers. Our children send us handmade or store bought gifts, flower[Read More…]

by May 10, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Why I feel ashamed of being a journalist

Why I feel ashamed of being a journalist

Since my childhood I wanted to be a journalist. I began my journey with an Urdu newspaper. Some of my first articles were about cricket. I wrote on cricket after watching it on TV and playing it with friends. Soon, I started working as a correspondent from my home town Raxaul. After coming to the field of journalism, I realised[Read More…]

by May 8, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Is religion a strong motivator of ‘giving’?

Is religion a strong motivator of ‘giving’?

For Muslims this is the month Ramadhan, the dawn-to-dusk fasting month, a month which is not merely about fasting but also a reminder to all Muslims of a key obligation of Islam – ‘giving’! For that matter, ‘giving’ as a religious duty is an integral component of every religion. In some religion ‘giving’ is compulsory and in others it is[Read More…]

by May 8, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Death: A Simple Idea with A Powerful Punch

Death: A Simple Idea with A Powerful Punch

Since death is one idea that has no history except as an idea and not a reality any of us have experienced, it is the most frightening idea there is and also quite simple. It is the ultimate unknown. It has always haunted human beings, whether consciously or unconsciously. It lies at the root of war, violence, religion, art, love,[Read More…]

by May 8, 2020 Life/Philosophy
On The Moral Graciousness of Fatalism

On The Moral Graciousness of Fatalism

Time held me green and dying Though I sang in my chains like the sea. Dylan Thomas “Fern Hill” Fate show thy force, ourselves we do not owe What is decree’d must be, and be this so Shakespeare from “Twelfth Night”   I often catch myself doing semi-conscious automatic things (such as needlessly refreshing my email web page, repeatedly touching[Read More…]

by May 8, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Alluri  Sitarama Raju, Unique Revolutionary, Remembered On His Death Anniversary

Alluri  Sitarama Raju, Unique Revolutionary, Remembered On His Death Anniversary

May 7th 1924 was the day Alluri Sitarama Raju (1897 July 4– 7 May 1924), a unique revolutionary involved in the Indian independence movement, was killed by the British armed forces. He was one of the few Indian revolutionaries, who had developed a mass base and a mass movement, that culminated in a sustained armed struggle (1922-24), and adopted guerilla methods and[Read More…]

by May 7, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Lesson 1 : Endure

Lesson 1 : Endure

Lockdown Series 3 Little Aadi is always  most happy when his father and grandmother stayed home not going to the “office”,  which is where they both vanish early morning long before he wakes up. He has tried many tricks in his books to stop them from going which includes hiding his father’s bag, his granny’s footwear and purse and so[Read More…]

by May 6, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Helping Others

Helping Others

Let me, please, remind you that I am legally a white, blue eyed, blond Kenyan.  And the Masai, my clan, are now dying off from the virus. I’ll remind: Humans have always fought the natural world to bring it into conformity with their wishes whether by slaughtering wolves that would eat them, killing off poison ivy or other means. I[Read More…]

by May 4, 2020 Life/Philosophy
 Where the world has not been broken…

 Where the world has not been broken…

To dream of uniting mankind, pieced and classified into multiple nations, religions, sects and sub sects is a mammoth, impractical and ideologically impossible task — but this time a little virus has taken it on and united us with its virulence. It was interesting to come across an imagined interview with the virus, in which the interviewer questioned the virus[Read More…]

by May 4, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Virtues, Morality and Philosophy of World Politics

Virtues, Morality and Philosophy of World Politics

All humans are subjected to political life and no one courageous to live without political behaviour. Because as rational actors of the society people involved with political activities in everyday life with or without their comprehension. As a result of the reciprocal connection of humans and politics, many scholars, philosophers did their research on politics and provided many theories on[Read More…]

by May 4, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Another Day In Paradise: Lockdown Musings -2

Another Day In Paradise: Lockdown Musings -2

There are times when a darkness sets in your mind that is associated with lack of contact with your loved ones, with sharing of ideas and dreams, a poem or experience not just virtual but actual. As I write this that these 2 apparently similar sounding words are so far apart in their meaning and impact. The small invisible microorganism[Read More…]

by May 4, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Religious Contention

Religious Contention

I was raised in a Quaker household. Quakers are considered Christians, although that is a stretch as far as I am concerned since there are atheist Quakers and other permutations. In addition, they can be subversive in exemplary ways. For example: All of my closest Quaker friends of CO (conscientious objectors to killing in wars) status worked in an insane[Read More…]

by May 2, 2020 Life/Philosophy
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A Recipe on the Plate: Pandemic and the Art of Social Media

Co-Written by Pratisha Borborah & Cihnnita Baruah Media plays a multidimensional role- it acts as a source of information, entertainment, news and public opinion, influencing perceptions, choices, attitudes and behaviors of individuals among others.  Among this multifaceted role played by media one such role is that of articulation of identity. An important part of identity construction is how one identify[Read More…]

by May 2, 2020 Life/Philosophy
E.M.S : A Nostalgic Note

E.M.S : A Nostalgic Note

This is a reminiscence on EMS Namboothirippad who served as the first Chief Minister of Kerala state in 1957–59 and then again in 1967–69 by the veteran journalist Neelan. EMS was a towering Communist leader and intellectual  I joined Asianet , the first cable and later satellite channel in the country , at Trivandrum in 1993 , after working as[Read More…]

by May 1, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Rishi Kapoor Beyond Films

Rishi Kapoor Beyond Films

There was no escape from acting as it was in his blood; he did not struggle for fame and fortune as it came with his family lineages, Rishi Kapoor wrote in his memoir. Acting was not a profession for him. His passion for life was embedded within acting. He was undoubtedly one of India’s finest actor. He inherited not only[Read More…]

by May 1, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The Many Debts We Owe to Lenin

The Many Debts We Owe to Lenin

‘The workers’ and peasants’ government… calls upon all the belligerent peoples and their government to start immediate negotiations for a just, democratic peace. By a just or democratic peace, for which the overwhelming majority of the working class and other working people of all the belligerent countries, exhausted, tormented and racked by the war are craving [we mean] an immediate[Read More…]

by April 30, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Irrfan Khan: The Actor Who Explained Life on Cinema Screen

Irrfan Khan: The Actor Who Explained Life on Cinema Screen

As the sun sets in the gloomy sky, I sit down to write my scattered thoughts and shattered feelings after reading the death of one of my favourite actors in contemporary times. Mr Irrfan Khan’s death justifies the poetic prediction of T. S Eliot; April is truly the cruellest month in memories and desires of life. It is death that[Read More…]

by April 30, 2020 Life/Philosophy
On the eve of the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Greenpeace volunteers fly Peace Doves, bearing messages of peace, "No More Hiroshima", "Yes to Peace",  "No to Rokkasho" in Japanese and in English, beside the A-Bomb Dome Memorial in Hiroshima. 
Greenpeace renews their calls for peace and make this anniversary a message to world leaders to make real their commitments to nuclear disarmament, including the Japanese government to abandon plans to produce nuclear weapons.

 Of Friendship and of Politics

Although it is somewhat banal to say, it should never be forgotten how the First World War traumatized the political and cultural life of Europe, especially in the German speaking world. Heidegger’s, Jasper’s, Freud’s, Junger’s, Hesse’s (not to mention Hitler’s) inter-war works are unthinkable without this bloody caesura in European history. In a profound sense, the inter-war period in Germany[Read More…]

by April 29, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Photo by John Vetterli

COVID-19 Is Time To Reset Our Mental And Social Lens

At no stage in modern Indian history have Muslims been put to such a hard test. Every action of theirs is being viewed with a suspicious lens and even their positive contributions are being viewed in negative light or are being deftly airbrushed as insignificant. The mainstream narrative is being so orchestrated as to pigeon hole the entire community into[Read More…]

by April 29, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The Days from Hell

The Days from Hell

I know all about these days. And, no, I am not self-pitying over them. Instead I see them as part and parcel of being alive. We all have to endure them and go through rather than around them. After all, all that we have is effort and can’t guarantee outcomes. We can’t change outcomes in general, although can do so[Read More…]

by April 28, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Ramadan: The Spiritual Nectar laced with mercy

Ramadan: The Spiritual Nectar laced with mercy

Ramadhan comes as the 9th month of Islamic Calendar and brings with it infinite mercy of Almighty on humanity. Mercy in the form of divine guidance, spiritual nourishment, compassion, and moral training. The Islamic calendar is purely a lunar calendar. Ramadan starts when the new crescent moon is first visible in the night sky. Month-long fasting ends with the celebration of Eid[Read More…]

by April 27, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Eklavya and Karna: An Understanding of Discrimination of Marginalised in Indian Education System

Eklavya and Karna: An Understanding of Discrimination of Marginalised in Indian Education System

Mahabharata and Ramayana are considered as biggest epics (Mahakavya) of India are again in popular discussion with the repeat telecast of serials on Doordarshan amid Covid-19 crisis. Those who have access of television are watching the serial with great interest and rising TRPs of Doordarshan are proof of it. Coming to Mahabharata, the authorship of the great epic is accredited[Read More…]

by April 27, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Another Day In Paradise

Another Day In Paradise

Lockdown Musings Series 1 As the reality about Corona related Lockdown and Stay indoors deepens and intensifies, the social and political atmosphere around one acquires a rarefied feel with each and every moment bearing subtle and powerful insights and realisations. The experiences and real life stories that one comes across throws light into the fragility of human existence in a[Read More…]

by April 27, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Srinivasa Ramanujan: ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’

Srinivasa Ramanujan: ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’

Remembering Great Mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan ( 22 December 1887 – 26 April 1920) on his hundredth death anniversary –Team Umang Library It was the year 1913 when Srinivasa Ramanujan, then an ordinary clerk in Madras Port Trust, drafted letters to Prof G H Hardy, then a leading mathematician at Cambridge University, containing his mathematical theorems. The rest as we know[Read More…]

by April 26, 2020 Life/Philosophy
A Beacon In The Deep Hinterland

A Beacon In The Deep Hinterland

In the last two decades, the gender landscape in rural India has been greening, and women are now on the cusp of a powerful social and political revolution. The harbinger of this change is a unique policy experiment in village-level governance, the Panchayat Raj Act, which has brought transformative results for the weakest of the weak: the village women. In[Read More…]

by April 25, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Woman is looking at a man communicating with her rom a monitor standing on the table before her. Woman has a tablet, potted plant and red cup of coffee are on the table before her. Blank bulletin board is hanging on the wall.

COVID-19 and Online Teaching: Challenges for the Inclusion of Disabled Students in Higher Education.

Co-Written by Afaq Ahmad Mir & Zaraq Jahan It is a time when people from every section of the society are talking of a single discourse known globally as Covid-19. This pandemic has spread all across the globe and is contaminating humans, filling societies with fear, anxiety, horror and creating a new social stigma. Meanwhile, organizations from diverse backgrounds are[Read More…]

by April 25, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The Evergreen Heroes Of The SHG Revolution

The Evergreen Heroes Of The SHG Revolution

The self-help group movement has been one of the most powerful incubators of female entrepreneurship in rural India. While there were several young semi-literate women who had homegrown skillsets, absence of capital and regressive social norms prevented them from taking a full plunge and setting up their own independent business. A membership of a self-help group, however, enabled these women[Read More…]

by April 24, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Capitalism and Slop

Capitalism and Slop

Someone sent me a nasty email that put a vituperative comment about Planned Parenthood selling blood or something related to abortions. A right-winger religiously and otherwise, he seemed irate about it. However, I deleted his message without reading it. It didn’t shock me as it had, apparently, done to him. Besides, he hates all abortions, it seems, even when women[Read More…]

by April 24, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Katsaridaphobia & COVID19

Katsaridaphobia & COVID19

I have to admit I suffer from acute katsaridaphobia — My Kastaridaphobia is stronger than my fear of COVID19 or cows. While COVID is being kept at bay with isolation, masks, lockdowns and quarantines and cows can be kept at bay by gates in India and can only be seen in restricted areas in Singapore, creatures that cause Katsaridaphobia cannot[Read More…]

by April 23, 2020 Life/Philosophy
 Intellectual emancipation in the times of Corona

 Intellectual emancipation in the times of Corona

It has so come to pass that we only impart religion to our little bundles of joy while abandoning them almost exclusively to the not-so-innocent hands of schools for their ‘secular’ education. While there has always been a debate about how much state propaganda is really thrust down the throat of malleable minds at an early age to destroy their[Read More…]

by April 23, 2020 Life/Philosophy
A Seafarers’s Ordeal And Triumph Over Maritime Capitalists

A Seafarers’s Ordeal And Triumph Over Maritime Capitalists

What about my family…my daughter…their future… These are the very first thoughts that pierced through my slowly fading consciousness as I tried to keep my eyes open, worrying that closing them would mean closing them forever. It was that fateful night of October 10, 2014, an unforgettable experience. The accident It was just an ordinary day.  My job, as a[Read More…]

by April 23, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The ‘2 Rupee Doctor’ Struck Down By COVID-19

The ‘2 Rupee Doctor’ Struck Down By COVID-19

The beloved Dr Ismail Hussain of Kurnool of AP is no more but he leaves behind a rich legacy of philanthropy Thousands of people regretted having had no occasion to grieve their beloved doctor. Had it been an ordinary day, a lakh of people might have thronged the funeral. Dr Ismail is a household name among the poor of the[Read More…]

by April 22, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Lenin, Today

Lenin, Today

Lenin, today, April 22, on his 150th birth anniversary, teaches lessons crucial in this capitalism-ravaged world, a world that witnesses murder at mass scale with the cloak of a pandemic. And, this pandemic is one of the direct consequences of capitalism, the system that slashed public healthcare for decades in countries, sold out public healthcare to private capital, enslaved science[Read More…]

by April 22, 2020 Life/Philosophy
An Interview With Rory Fanning Of Haymarket Books

An Interview With Rory Fanning Of Haymarket Books

Rory Fanning, following two deployments to Afghanistan with the 2nd Army Ranger Battalion, became one of the first U.S. Army Rangers to resist the Iraq war and the Global War on Terror. In 2008–2009 he walked across the United States for the Pat Tillman Foundation. Rory is the author of Worth Fighting For: An Army Ranger’s Journey Out of the[Read More…]

by April 22, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Ramadan: Everything you always wanted to know about

Ramadan: Everything you always wanted to know about

The Spirit, Politics, and Rituals of Ramadan are the three main topics of this article. Ramadan is pronounced Ramzan in the Subcontinent, Iran, Turkey, and the Central Asian Republics wherever the Persian linguistic influence exists, elsewhere in the world, it is Ramadan. In the Arabic language, “Z” is “D” and hence Ramadan. About 50 Random pictures of Ramadan around the[Read More…]

by April 22, 2020 Life/Philosophy
We need Sufi’s Legacy of ‘Communal Harmony’ and not Communalism during the COVID-19 

We need Sufi’s Legacy of ‘Communal Harmony’ and not Communalism during the COVID-19 

Co-Written by Badre Alam Khan & Dastagir Khan   It is to be noted that South Asia  is the  land  of  several  Sufis and Saints (like, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Amir Khusro, Dara Sikoh and Kabir, etc,) who taught us human and universal values like love, devotions, compassion, brotherhood, social equality and of course spread out the message of communal harmony among religious[Read More…]

by April 22, 2020 Life/Philosophy
 Lenin: The Rock of Compassion

 Lenin: The Rock of Compassion

Marx was the first to criticize capitalism in a concerted way, but Lenin was the first to topple it. In the Tsarist snow, he planted the seed of socialism, and it grew into the enormous Eastern bloc; a canopy over a third of humanity that plunged some into eternal darkness, but many into the light of a new dawn. Now[Read More…]

by April 21, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Lenin is even more relevant today in an era of growing repression

Lenin is even more relevant today in an era of growing repression

It was the summer of 2018 when I was vacationing in Moscow with my family. One of the most memorable parts of our trip was a tour of Red Square, especially the tomb where the towering leader of the communist revolution rests permanently. Lenin, who led the Bolshevik revolution of 1917 that changed the course of world history, was never[Read More…]

by April 21, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Muslim renaissance! A distant possibility

Muslim renaissance! A distant possibility

From being accused of separatism, unresponsiveness to change, and even of corona spread, Muslims find themselves in impossible situations in one part or the other of the world. History is witness that from the 7th century till 17th century Muslims had some stake in worldly affairs. After that, they have been sidelined and gradually eclipsed. There are economical and socio-political reasons[Read More…]

by April 21, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The TB Paradox

The TB Paradox

     What causes much more death and tragedy throughout the world, for several decades than Covid-19, but does not cause panic and hysteria, and, is not considered an emergency? It’s TB Folks! Tuberculosis Tuberculosis – or TB, as it’s commonly called — is a contagious infection that usually attacks your lungs. It can spread to other parts of your body, like your brain and spine.[Read More…]

by April 21, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Blood Donation Camp set up by volunteers during COVID 19 restrictions

Notes from Balochistan: Volunteers for humanity

Pakistan, like many parts of the world, has announced a lockdown in most of the country. In some of the cities, however, there is a partial lockdown. The district Kech in Balochistan is partially locked down (from morning till five in the evenings with essential services still open like groceries, vegetables, banks, medical stores etc). However, all of the educational[Read More…]

by April 19, 2020 Life/Philosophy
What history can teach us?

What history can teach us?

Tolerance and dissent are two indispensable characteristics of stable state and societies. From the past State and empires have flourished while, developing the character of dissent and tolerance within their spaces. The present State of affairs throughout the world are a worrisome concern for everyone keeping the approach these states depict towards different communities. History as a discipline has much[Read More…]

by April 19, 2020 Life/Philosophy
One Fate, One Humanity: Lessons From Corona Virus

One Fate, One Humanity: Lessons From Corona Virus

The corona virus pandemic has spread in more than 210 countries and disrupted social and economic life across the globe. It has changed our working, playing and learning style: schools are closed, online homework is given and parents are asked to supervise their kids, offices are shutdown, sports leagues have been cancelled, and many people have been asked to work from home. Lockdown[Read More…]

by April 18, 2020 Life/Philosophy
 Myths and Reality Opposed?

 Myths and Reality Opposed?

Here’s a quotation from “Trump Rex” by John Feffer at https://countercurrents.org/2020/04/trump-rex: “Athens survived the plague, though its democracy was compromised by war and disease. America, too, will live on. But it will have lost some further measure of its greatness thanks in no small part to the man who, however cynically, wanted to make it great again.” Well, in relation, I’m[Read More…]

by April 18, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Corona Prayer

Corona Prayer

My God the Almighty! I tender my sincere praises and thanks at your feet for having created a beautiful space of communication between you and me, through the crisis of Corona pandemic! Many believe that it is you who have allowed this pandemic. Some others think that it is your wrath. The common perception is that you are punishing the[Read More…]

by April 18, 2020 Life/Philosophy
 “State Is The March Of God On Earth”: Re-examining Hegel In Times Of Corona Crisis

 “State Is The March Of God On Earth”: Re-examining Hegel In Times Of Corona Crisis

Famous German philosopher G.W.F. Hegel was the first philosopher who linked social science and natural science by applying the principle of Thesis, Anti-Thesis and Synthesis. He effectively separated State and Religion while allowing them to function in their separate spheres. and advanced the scientific thinking of modern world. In these times of coronavirus war on humanity, we must understand his[Read More…]

by April 17, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The ‘alien’, the ‘self’ and the ‘other’ in times of a pandemic

The ‘alien’, the ‘self’ and the ‘other’ in times of a pandemic

“When I described the tumor in my esophagus as a “blind, emotionless, alien,” I suppose that even I couldn’t help awarding it some of the qualities of a living thing. That at least I know to be a mistake: an instance of the pathetic fallacy by which we ascribe animate qualities to inanimate phenomena.” – Christopher Hitchens, Mortality The world,[Read More…]

by April 17, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Babasaheb Ambedkar’s Relevance to the Indian Muslims?

Babasaheb Ambedkar’s Relevance to the Indian Muslims?

Why Ambedkar means to me? Chauvinistic never realised the contribution of his vision and works toward the progress of Dalit Bahujan. Baba Saheb fought his entire life for the protection & upliftment of Oppressed classes and that is why today Dalits, Tribes, Labour, Women progressing or able to live with rights & dignity. Babasaheb is the one who is still[Read More…]

by April 16, 2020 Life/Philosophy
 Coronavirus Pandemic: A Postmodern Condition

 Coronavirus Pandemic: A Postmodern Condition

The acronym COVID-19 is derived from ‘Coronavirus Disease 2019’ was firstly reported in humans in Wuhan, China in late December, 2019 emerged as a rapidly spreading pandemic with its unprecedented outbreak.  Within 100 days of its birth, it has attacked 14,31,973 people, of which 82,096 were lost their lives.   Its unimaginable eruption reached 202 nations and every person in the[Read More…]

by April 15, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Relationships in corona quagmire

Relationships in corona quagmire

As the world passes through the unchartered territory of the present corona pandemic, everything seems turned topsy-turvy. Immediate and prolonged lockdown has affected each and everybody in some way or the other. Stress resulting from the different daily routines with the drastically different working conditions has taken a heavy toll on individual well-being. The most subtle effect is on direct[Read More…]

by April 15, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Education Crisis Must Not Be Forgotten In A Health Crisis

Education Crisis Must Not Be Forgotten In A Health Crisis

Special spittoons… “not to spit inside public buildings or outdoor spaces”…was never been the regular behavior of an American until the War on Tuberculosis impacted the community at the end of 19th century. Crisis always stimuli actions and responses, it alters society not sometimes but often for its good by creating better habits and practices. Many infrastructural developments and healthy[Read More…]

by April 14, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The Pursuit Of Fundamentals

The Pursuit Of Fundamentals

The Indians are witnessing a psychological split like never before, forming the trails of episodes of communal aggression. In the meantime, every gathering of peers or relatives has formed into mushrooms of public spheres wherein the two binary categories are engrossed advocating leftist or rightist ideology. This might have installed a robust miniature democracy in every household but nevertheless, it[Read More…]

by April 14, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Reflections On Celebrating Easter

Reflections On Celebrating Easter

Am I a Christian? Well, the answer all depends on one’s loose or rigid definitions about what it means to be Christian. I know some people who would say that I am not so since I don’t follow their own particular Christian religion. They also express views that they dislike people of color living in slums in the US, as[Read More…]

by April 12, 2020 Life/Philosophy
How a rural woman helping poor to be safe during COVID 19 by making face-masks at reasonable price

How a rural woman helping poor to be safe during COVID 19 by making face-masks at reasonable price

Sambalpur, Odisha: What can be the better way to describe how women do better off than men in many fields , by telling the story of a village woman who came forward to help poor people during the lockdown due to COVID 19 and produced masks for poor people in cheap rate in her locality in Sambalpur district of Odisha.[Read More…]

by April 12, 2020 Life/Philosophy
 The Economy, Lemurs And Us

 The Economy, Lemurs And Us

The underlying human horror and destruction from the nearly worldwide coved-19 disease is truly daunting. Not to undercut the seriousness of the devastation, but this type of happening is hardly new. For example, consider the Black Plague that wiped out half of Europe and the fact that many British people are immune to Smallpox unlike many Native Americans whose ancestors[Read More…]

by April 11, 2020 Life/Philosophy
 The Truth in the Garden

 The Truth in the Garden

The night was still… so very silent… ominous for that matter. It seemed at first, or rather smelled, the similar essence of any evening in Spring. The air had about it that perfumed scent of the garden, the trees and the flowers, now so awake and alive by the sun’s departure hours earlier. Night ruled the sky, with only freckles[Read More…]

by April 11, 2020 Life/Philosophy
On Passion

On Passion

I have been fascinated by the word and concept of ‘the Passion’ for more than 50 years. I first came across it in the early sixties, in Beyond Desire (1956), a biographical novel of the German musician Mendelssohn by Pierre La Mure. The central theme of the novel is the discovery of the scores of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (1727)[Read More…]

by April 11, 2020 Life/Philosophy
As Satish Bids Farewell, Unseen By Anyone

As Satish Bids Farewell, Unseen By Anyone

               After the demise of C.Sarathchandran, Satish has reached almost all People’s struggle fronts in Kerala with a small handycam for the past 10 years. He has documented all of these. Though he was unable to systematically convert them into documentaries,  this was a huge parallel documentation. But the floods of 2018 ravaged and destroyed all these valuable documents from[Read More…]

by April 11, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Walter Benjamin, the Jewish Question and Theses on the Philosophy of History

Walter Benjamin, the Jewish Question and Theses on the Philosophy of History

                       Reading Hannah Arendt’s Introduction to Benjamin’s Illuminations German-Jewish intellectuals, the alienated hommes de lettres of early twentieth century German-speaking Central Europe, constituted a class within that complex and multi-layered Jewish society against which a few of them rebelled, a rebellion which however could not prevent the dark disaster awaiting[Read More…]

by April 10, 2020 Life/Philosophy
“Chemical Shower, Bareilly, Covid 19’ by DeepankarGohain

Making brutes of us all: Rule by dehumanizing

In his scathing critique of Gandhi in “What Congress and Gandhi Have Done to the Untouchables”, Ambedkar takes on Gandhi´s views on technology, arguing that Gandhism is suited to a society which does not believe in democracy, and hence will lead to a situation where human beings “must keep on toiling ceaselessly for a pittance and remain a brute”. For[Read More…]

by April 10, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Survival of the unfittest?

Survival of the unfittest?

                                                Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.  Carl Sagan Survival in the trying times becomes a matter of concern and ponderation both for the rich and the poor. The Corona pandemic has nudged the mind of the whole world about the[Read More…]

by April 8, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Countdown to Lockdown: Fear and Loathing in the Trolley Race at the End of the World

Countdown to Lockdown: Fear and Loathing in the Trolley Race at the End of the World

If I had to choose a place to be to sit out the coronavirus pandemic sweeping over the globe, there are probably few places better than the South Island of New Zealand. A significant number of the world’s super-rich have invested in the Southern Hemisphere nation, some even buying residency through a controversial and secretive ‘Investor Plus’ scheme. Tech startup[Read More…]

by April 7, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Reproductive health services are essential services, including during pandemics like COVID-19

Reproductive health services are essential services, including during pandemics like COVID-19

The recently released Asia and the Pacific SDG Progress Report 2020 shows that Asia and the Pacific region is not on track to achieve any of the 169 targets of the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs), including those around ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health services. Despite commitments made by governments, inequality in the region is growing and[Read More…]

by April 7, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Seeds of a More Equal, Equitable and Environment Friendly Society In Coronavirus Threat Lockdown

Seeds of a More Equal, Equitable and Environment Friendly Society In Coronavirus Threat Lockdown

The coronavirus threat has forced governments to impose a disruptive change in our life styles, which may seem very inconvenient and irritating to us in the present circumstances, but it may be worth considering to continue with some of these changes in the interest of society, economy and environment. The modern economy involved unnecessary travel, both long term long distance[Read More…]

by April 6, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Living With Type 1 Diabetes

Living With Type 1 Diabetes

Living with something like this requires a great amount of motivation, positive mindset and a healthy living. Struggling with diabetes or any disease in fact is not easy and it breaks you at many points of your life because you loose hope and the desire to live. It is important to not give up and accept your body with the[Read More…]

by April 6, 2020 Life/Philosophy
 Romance of Fire: The life of Ernest Mandel

 Romance of Fire: The life of Ernest Mandel

Aside from Tony Cliff (and the ‘old man’ himself) few can claim intellectual leadership of the Trotskyist movement like Ernest Mandel can. He was not only the pillar of the Fourth Internationale but also the most widely published Belgian author since Georges Simenon. He gave the prestigious Alfred Marshall lectures at Cambridge in 1967, and produced books, articles, and pamphlets[Read More…]

by April 5, 2020 Life/Philosophy
If n-Coronavirus Passionately Falls In Love With Me, This Is What I’ll Do As A Medical Doctor With Fifty Years Experience

If n-Coronavirus Passionately Falls In Love With Me, This Is What I’ll Do As A Medical Doctor With Fifty Years Experience

Into the seventieth year of life and having survived a life-threatening heart attack in January 2017, I’m fit as a fiddle – thanks to Mother Nature – and do my bit as an activist along with co-workers in Delhi. Were n-Coronavirus to take abode in my body and I develop mild symptoms like ‘flu’, I’ll quarantine myself strictly at home.[Read More…]

by April 5, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Notes from Myanmar: Humans versus Viruses

Notes from Myanmar: Humans versus Viruses

A reflection on Covid-19 virus outbreak by San Lin Tun Birds are at ease, showing no worries, looking down at the helter-skelter of humans, struggling and striving to survive under this ruthless virus’ attack. Before that, birds caused flu and migratory birds could not be seen easily. That time, people hated birds; they stopped bird watching for the fear posed by[Read More…]

by April 4, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Covid-19 – Postlude Human Life on Planet Earth ?

Covid-19 – Postlude Human Life on Planet Earth ?

If the warfare against each other and Planet earth continues, the Cosmic experiment with human life, which in principle could support its  harmonious and joyous flourishing existence far into the future, could soon come to a premature end. This would be one of the supreme tragedies of the universe. Our Biological Vulnerability The Pandemic Covid-19 as it builds in intensity[Read More…]

by April 4, 2020 Life/Philosophy
There’s Class Warfare and The Rich are Winning

There’s Class Warfare and The Rich are Winning

Co-Written by Thomas Klikauer and Norman Simms Even since investment billionaire Warren Buffet told us, There’s class warfare, all right…but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning, we have known three things: firstly, there is a class system under capitalism; secondly, there is also class war between the two classes – the working class and[Read More…]

by April 2, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Tribal Intolerance

Tribal Intolerance

Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, and many other religions groups could be considered tribes; a social division within a society consisting of groupings of individuals having commonality, in this case, their religious views. These tribes share very similar high moral values; love of family, looking out for the poor and downtrodden and obedience of their religion’s dictates. Yet there seems to[Read More…]

by April 1, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Life under Shelter-in-Place

Life under Shelter-in-Place

Last night, the above picture image with a hopeful message, I sent to my older brother, on his birthday. Of course, there was also a personal message where I wished him well. I got his reply this morning where he said, “Thank you! Stay safe and stay calm. This is a challenging time for all. Best, Sjbhai” Time in the[Read More…]

by March 31, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Leadership in Corona Times

Leadership in Corona Times

The word “Leadership” has been diluted to the point of being water-logged; so I hesitated to write this article lest anyone compare what is needed now to the scenarios that usually impel the term to be used. Business-speak is the culprit here, the cause of the dilution. We use the term to describe any decision-making that leads to profit or[Read More…]

by March 30, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Not our crowning glory

Not our crowning glory

Is it funny that every time Man thinks that he has it all figured out, Nature (or fate if you like to call it) just jolts him back to reality? Like Will E Coyote and his spanking new latest invention from ACME Corporation, it just falls flat and blows right on his face again and again, and Roadrunner always goes[Read More…]

by March 30, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Jatin and Me

Jatin and Me

One of the most stupid platitudes, an old adage, that I have ever heard is “Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” With a sarcastic tone of voice in my head, I think, “Yeah, right.” My friend Jatin lost both of his children through separate ways. The saying is certainly not applicable to him and what about me? Well, I[Read More…]

by March 30, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Why You Need to Pay for Digital Content NOW!

Why You Need to Pay for Digital Content NOW!

Why do we Balk at Paying for Digital Content? Some years ago, I wrote a piece called Paying for nothing is Paying for Something in Countercurrents.org. The premise of the article was simple: The aversion for paying for digital content is short-sighted and ultimately very damaging to the overall quality of content produced, to journalism (especially investigative journalism), and to[Read More…]

by March 30, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Civilized, Barbarians, Savages

Civilized, Barbarians, Savages

23 Mar 2020 – A civilization or culture is defined as a set of customs, traditions, ethics, values, language, music, dance, gastronomy, clothing, religion, and social and political organization of a people, ethnic group, tribe, or nation. British scholars of the 19th century classified the peoples and races as Civilized, Barbarians and Savages, based on their respective “evolutions.” Such classification[Read More…]

Disease Distancing, Not “Social Distancing” | Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

Disease Distancing, Not “Social Distancing” | Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

Ever since the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, announced national lock down on March 24, 2020 to fight Covid–19 and declared that “Social Distancing” is the only solution to save India from the Corona Pandemic, all Chief Ministers are also using the same coinage in  India. We must use ‘Disease Distancing’ not Social Distancing because India is a country of social[Read More…]

by March 28, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Rehabilitation Center Life: The Good And The Bad

Rehabilitation Center Life: The Good And The Bad

My favorite parts of being in a a rehabilitation place were fivefold: First, I loved helping hurt others. What a blast it was after learning to walk again at the facility. One of my acts included helping a man, Robert, whose short term memory was deficient. So I wrote instructions and phone numbers for him to find his car, his[Read More…]

by March 28, 2020 Life/Philosophy
How To Save The Nation Sitting At Home | Kancha Ilaiah Shepehrd

How To Save The Nation Sitting At Home | Kancha Ilaiah Shepehrd

We are all house arrested now because of Coronavirus for our own safety. We do not know how to live like this. In India and in many countries during lock down period people do not know how to spend time at home and use it for personal and community benefit. The famous American astronaut Scott Kelly who spent one year[Read More…]

by March 27, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Am I not good enough?

Am I not good enough?

Being a 90s kid was way different than being a kid of today; I mean when I see my 4-year old niece, I feel like how the definition of fun and games have evolved and changed over the years for kids – we used to be the ones playing in the mud, climbing trees, fighting for our turns on the[Read More…]

by March 25, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Hope in Troubling Times

Hope in Troubling Times

My college is closed, classes are off and examinations have been deferred. We need to go in only if and when there is a need. It is not a holiday as I keep telling all my students, it is a shutdown, done for the sake of social distancing and isolation.  It is difficult convincing all about the seriousness of it[Read More…]

by March 24, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Mystic Mash …..looks like dog food, tastes like heaven!

Mystic Mash …..looks like dog food, tastes like heaven!

It’s a fair question: could a culinary offering be seen as “mystic”? I did consider the question utilizing all dimensions then active in my mind when naming the within recipe “Mystic Mash”. So here’s why, as an adjective “mystic” connotes “feeling”, something inherently born in consciousness. As a sceptic person, I am loathe to accept “food” is devoid of consciousness.[Read More…]

by March 24, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Historic Paris Commune Day Greetings To The Working Class

Historic Paris Commune Day Greetings To The Working Class

Today, March 18, is a red letter day for the working class and all true friends of the workers in the country and throughout the world. For, on this day, one hundred forty-seven years ago, in the municipality of Paris, in France, the Parisian workers garnered a historic greatest achievement. Their proletarian revolution triumphed and established the first working class[Read More…]

by March 21, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Nāad: A Call in Waiting

Nāad: A Call in Waiting

A stranger in a strange land, Bushra Punjabi reflects on the condition of being away from home and at home within the confines of memory. In such a mode, she reflects on what it means to be Kashmiri in an uncertain present, between an imposing past and an impending future. In this quagmire of time, the writer and sociology researcher[Read More…]

by March 20, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Remembering Ghulam-ud-Din Khan

Remembering Ghulam-ud-Din Khan

Some people meet their maker after receiving a worldly commendation for every good they do. However, some meet their end without coming into public notice although they also contribute to society considerably. Truth be told, popularity is meaningless to great men. From a spiritual point of view, neither popularity elevates anyone’s status nor does concealment diminish it. But when a[Read More…]

by March 17, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Mir Syed Ali Hamadani (R.A.) and advent of Islam in Kashmir

Mir Syed Ali Hamadani (R.A.) and advent of Islam in Kashmir

Religions are part of human lives with people having affiliations to different and particular religions. They are an integral part of human lives and preach the same message of peace and brotherhood. Islam is also one of the monotheistic and major religion in the world having an enormous following of 1.8 billion Muslims in the world. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is[Read More…]

by March 14, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Care For Your Kidney

Care For Your Kidney

The human body is a compound, well-developed machine consisting of many parts, each for a specific vital function. Among these parts, the Kidney constitutes a ‘life-sustaining organ’. Kidneys, two in number are bean-shaped organs located against back muscles in the upper abdominal area. Kidneys have an important role in our physiology. In addition to cleaning blood, kidneys maintain salt and[Read More…]

by March 12, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Revisiting Past And Intentions Ahead

Revisiting Past And Intentions Ahead

Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts..!!! Today I’m writing about my struggle and challenges which I have faced in my life. This scholar turned executive[Read More…]

by March 10, 2020 Life/Philosophy
My good town

My good town

I live in a stable neighborhood. It has single family homes, one multiple family home and two homes for two families as far as I know. Many of the homes date to the 1800’s. One neighbor loaned his second family space to a financially poor mother and her child who had fled an abusive man in anther town, the child’s[Read More…]

by March 9, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The Walking Machine

The Walking Machine

Last time when I was travelling for a seminar, I was surprised at the kind of crowd in Bangalore airport. It was usual for people to stand waiting in at least 5 queues before you reach your seat. At the security, as usual I also had to place my hand bag, mobile phone, laptop and other things. These days they[Read More…]

by March 8, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Remembering Clara Zetkin on March 8

Remembering Clara Zetkin on March 8

Clara Zetkin, one of the daughters of the working classes, is as bright as ever in the annals of working people’s struggles for rights – rights to life and dignity. Clara, an epitome of proletarian struggle, steadfastness and courage, always stood for the proletarian people, and never confused the women question with a bourgeois worldview. Clara (July 5, 1857-June 20,[Read More…]

by March 8, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Writings in the Northwest Wind: The Poems of Zhou En Lai

Writings in the Northwest Wind: The Poems of Zhou En Lai

Zhou En Lai was a man like any other; with hopes and dreams; failures and successes. In his heart beat the throb of humanity for a better world; under strain it tilted to temptation; in death-bed it mourned mistakes and milestones alike. On this, 122nd anniversary of his birth; it might behoove us to look into a little known side[Read More…]

by March 7, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The Importance of Critical Thinking

The Importance of Critical Thinking

You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. The saying resembles a logical syllogism in structure, but it isn’t. Taking it apart in thirds, it’s doesn’t follow that “you can fool all the people some of the time” because it’s[Read More…]

by March 7, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Katie Hill’s tell-all book: “She Will Rise”

Katie Hill’s tell-all book: “She Will Rise”

Katie Hill, then a Democratic Party candidate from California’s 25th Congressional district, in 2018. Former congresswoman,Katie Hill, a Democrat from California may have been down but not gone. In the eyes of the world, her political career had ended as a first-time junior congresswoman in the fall of 2019, just after ten months of taking oath of office. A promising[Read More…]

by March 6, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Universal access to sexual and reproductive health services is a human rights imperative

Universal access to sexual and reproductive health services is a human rights imperative

The Asia Pacific region is home to more than half of the global population and many low-income countries. While the region is witnessing rapid economic growth, gender inequalities persist and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services are far from being available to all. In the lead up to this year’s International Women’s Day and the forthcoming 10th Asia Pacific Conference[Read More…]

by March 6, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Profile of a predator

Profile of a predator

I have tried to provide a warning to others about their staying away from psychopaths. Of course, it is impossible in some circumstances, such as my sister and my knowing four of them while growing up. (Imagine a brother trying to have sex with you since you were thirteen years old. Imagine him continuing this behavior when you are old,)[Read More…]

by March 6, 2020 Life/Philosophy
 The kleptomaniac

 The kleptomaniac

Watch out, I recommend, for narassistic psychopaths in your life. Often they are kleptomaniacs, who do everything to destroy others and gain something for themselves. I should know since my mother’s side of the family has included males with this dreadful affliction since the 1600’s. Indeed, my sister and I, unbeknown to each other, started investigating this disease at the[Read More…]

by March 5, 2020 Life/Philosophy
“No stepping out” is the life-influencing message of breast cancer survivor

“No stepping out” is the life-influencing message of breast cancer survivor

International Women’s Day special I was born and brought in a happy family in New Delhi. I had a twin sister and a younger brother.  Both my parents were working. I graduated from Hindu College, Delhi University in 1977 and went to Peoples’ Friendship University in Moscow (erstwhile USSR) for an integrated course in Geology. Finally, back home again, I[Read More…]

by March 4, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Communist Manifesto Remembered-Part 3

Communist Manifesto Remembered-Part 3

Top 10 Goals in the Communist Manifesto, Accomplished in America So says a report, in recent years, By Joe Jarvis (May 05, 2018) in thedailybell.com. Notwithstanding its anti-communist venom, lies and sarcasm, besides its own interpretations, the interesting if not curious report, extracts of which are given below, is worth noting. How profound is the perceived influence of the Manifesto,[Read More…]

by March 2, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Is the economy to blame for woes of some?

Is the economy to blame for woes of some?

 I know information about several neighbors. Here in a small nutshell are three of them. Neighbor one supports himself by selling and laying down pesticides. It is a subject about which he knows job-wise. He also knows that he is dispensing poisons that contaminate the air, soil and water supply. Indeed when spraying, he wears protective gear that makes him[Read More…]

by March 2, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The God Brings “Godless World” to Its Knees!

The God Brings “Godless World” to Its Knees!

Over seven billion is the current global population. Total death toll by coronavirus is roughly 3,500 over the past 2 months. For the sake of simplicity, I have reduced the world population from 7.7 billion to 7 billion; and doubled the coronavirus fatalities number to 7,000. So if we divide 7000 by 7 billion, we get this: 0.000001%. Even that[Read More…]

by March 1, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Reciprocal Altruism

Reciprocal Altruism

   Treating others with trust and happiness, and hoping for their self-realisation seems to be natural behaviour that follows natural laws. 2500 years ago the Buddha had to leave his sheltered home and venture into the alleyways and bye-ways of Greater Magadha to learn about common sense and natural laws. The habit of treating others with trust and affection is[Read More…]

by February 28, 2020 Life/Philosophy
How we stay blind to the story of power

How we stay blind to the story of power

If one thing drives me to write, especially these blog posts, it is the urgent need for us to start understanding power. Power is the force that shapes almost everything about our lives and our deaths. There is no more important issue. Understanding power and overcoming it through that understanding is the only path to liberation we can take as[Read More…]

by February 26, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Democracy: from Athenian Origins to 21st Century America

Democracy: from Athenian Origins to 21st Century America

I will not write much here.  Those who read me often hear enough of my words and have become familiar with my convictions and concerns.  What I am doing instead is putting together a series of quotations from African-American philosopher Cornel West, from his essay Putting on Our Democratic Armor from the book, DEMOCRACY MATTERS (1).  Dr. West committed these[Read More…]

by February 26, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Big Tech’s Inevitable Reckoning

Big Tech’s Inevitable Reckoning

Though unpopular in many circles, Karl Marx wrote passionately about the inherent contradictions of capitalism. While his arguments were complex, some of the pillars can be simplified to suggest that these contradictions are created by capitalism’s constant need to grow. In different economic circles- much more popular than the Marxist circle — growth is synonymous with what’s good and right.[Read More…]

by February 25, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Language and democracy

Language and democracy

Languages, connected to economy including market, trade and commodity, are in conflict and in collaboration with contending class forces. Thus, in general, and not taking into consideration stages society passes, languages are [1] inseparable question of democracy, and, in particular cases, of democratic struggle, and [2] a tool for subjection. The two contradictory positions depend on conflicting classes using it[Read More…]

by February 24, 2020 Life/Philosophy
FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011 file photo, Sacramento County inmates watch television at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center, in Elk Grove, Calif.  Counties across California are taking steps to increase jail capacity or found alternatives to incarceration to deal with the increase of offenders who will be their responsibility under a state law that took effect Oct. 1. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

The new informal Jim Crow

Here is Jim Crow when I was a child in Florida. Blacks couldn’t go to white restaurants, motels, gas stations or bathrooms. They had something called The Green Book when traveling in the South of the USA. It showed where they could go. I wish that I were making this information up. Yet I can’t to save my life. It’s[Read More…]

by February 23, 2020 Life/Philosophy
What Would You Do If?

What Would You Do If?

Fred: OK. So you’re a pacifist. What would you do if someone were, say, attacking your grandmother? Joan: Attacking my poor old grandmother? Fred: Yeah, you’re in a room with your grandmother and there’s a guy about to attack her and you’re standing there. What would you do? Joan: I’d yell, “Three cheers for Grandma!” and leave the room.”  Fred: No,[Read More…]

by February 20, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Discussion on dealing with adversity

Discussion on dealing with adversity

  I wrote to a friend: I want to tell you about two of my fights that infect my bad dreams. One involves a heritage apple farm in my neighborhood. On the plus side Boyleston botanical hill took slips from the trees to keep the genetics going. On the negative side, the farm owner, after the old guys who’d owned[Read More…]

by February 19, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Labeling, an awful occurrence

Labeling, an awful occurrence

I was taught in teacher training classes never to label children. It can usually only cause damage. I didn’t need to learn that message. Often it is a form of bullying and abuse that I had already seen as a child. Tina Tonkel a classmate of mine was repeatedly shunned and ridiculed at school by her peers. Indeed she had[Read More…]

by February 18, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The Bonbibi deity

Nature, Bonbibi, American cetologist in the Sundarbans

To find answers about how to define the idea of nature, French anthropologist Philippe Descola went to the depths of the Amazon to find the Achuars, an indigenous tribe of the Ecuadorian and Peruvian descent. He was interested in finding why they lived remote from others, isolated in their respective groups, under the domination of nature. In the process, he[Read More…]

by February 17, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Tithing And Religions

Tithing And Religions

I have nothing against any religious views unless they face off against my values. Then watch me fly at the wrong that I see. After all, how could I take away a religious view that someone believes that brings comfort and joy? How wrong would be that? So this Christian lady, who I met in a grocery store, told me[Read More…]

by February 16, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Humanity Means Being Humane

Humanity Means Being Humane

Humanity means *“the quality of being humane, benevolent”, it also meansbeing kind, compassionate, understanding, sympathetic, empathetic, gentle and generous. But weseem to have forgotten what humanity really means. To us, nowadays, humanity only means that we are human i.e. bipedal primate mammals. Not only that, we ridicule those do have humane character traits and consider them impractical misfits. We think they[Read More…]

by February 15, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Modern Childhood’s Shortage of Honest Inspiring Adults

Modern Childhood’s Shortage of Honest Inspiring Adults

Most would agree that happy, healthy, bright children are an ideal goal and a wonderful outcome, but kids also need genuinely good and sensible adult examples and inspiration and instruction. Outstanding adult mentors ought to be commonplace, prolific. Such is not the case now in the so-called ‘western world’. Integrity has been marginalized, and a mad matrix based on deception[Read More…]

by February 14, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Tribalism

Tribalism

Tribalism is rampant on both the micro and macro scale. Whether in contentious actions by individuals or entire nations, it kicks into play as a survival mechanism by biological evolutionary roots. This because through it, people ensure that their own group gets the power, territory and goods. So of course there is going to be racism, casteism, hatred of people[Read More…]

by February 12, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Celebration of Sant Guru Ravidass Birthday

Celebration of Sant Guru Ravidass Birthday

On 9th Feb, 2020, Dalits across India celebrated Sant Guru Ravidass birthday with pomp and show. I had the opportunity to see a huge gathering of people on the streets of Jalandhar(Punjab). People across all Dalit communities marched together happily. It was good to see a wonderful spectacle on the streets. Shops were set up alongside the main road from[Read More…]

by February 10, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Unlikely Confluences:  Sarah Bernhardt, Nikola Tesla and Swami Vivekananda

Unlikely Confluences:  Sarah Bernhardt, Nikola Tesla and Swami Vivekananda

            In one of those obscure, seemingly unlikely, yet epoch-making encounters in the grand pageant of human interactions, the paths of three trailblazers of contemporary history- the divinely graceful French actress and singer, Sarah Bernhardt, the Yugoslav inventor-genius par excellence Nikola Tesla, and the Indian cyclonic monk and firebrand Vedantist, Swami Vivekananda, came together in ostensibly mysterious ways towards the[Read More…]

by February 3, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Hovering in Cyberspace

Hovering in Cyberspace

We live in a fabricated reality where the visible world became nearly meaningless once the screen world became people’s “window on the world.”  An electronic nothingness replaced reality as people gleefully embraced digital wraparound apparitions.  These days people still move about in the physical world but live in the electronic one.  The result is mass hallucination. This is the fundamental[Read More…]

by January 30, 2020 Life/Philosophy