Life/Philosophy

Ramsey Clark Described His Government As Humanity’s Ever More Threatening and Treacherous Enemy  

Ramsey Clark Described His Government As Humanity’s Ever More Threatening and Treacherous Enemy  

During this time in which many of us are still mourning the recent passing of former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark it seems appropriate to reflect on Ramsey’s many warnings to humanity like, ‘The government of Americans will lie, deceive, kill, do whatever it must to dominate – investors in war who control it insanely insensitive to the beauty of[Read More…]

by April 21, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Revisiting NEP 2020 From The Perspective Of Global Education And Knowledge Society

Revisiting NEP 2020 From The Perspective Of Global Education And Knowledge Society

Written by Bhumkia Rajdev, Abdul Basith and Suhail K New Education Policy 2020 has replaced thirty-four-year-old National Policy on Education (1986). The 66-page document talks about vision of government for ECCE (Early childhood care education), School Education, Higher Education and Professional education. It aims for universalisation of education from pre-school to secondary level with 100% GER (Gross Enrolment Ratio) in[Read More…]

by April 21, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Charlie Chaplin – Book Review – ‘Hasre Dukh’ (Beaming Sorrow)- By Bha. D. Kher-

Charlie Chaplin – Book Review – ‘Hasre Dukh’ (Beaming Sorrow)- By Bha. D. Kher-

  “Revolutionary Dreaming Tramp” (On the occasion of Charlie’s Birthday- 16th April 1889)  “I consider myself a citizen of the world, an internationalist… I just happen to have been born in London, England. It could have been Burma or China or Timbuktu, I’d still be the way I am. I’d keep my first citizenship because, being an accident of birth,[Read More…]

A Tale of Three Viruses: Corona, Stupidity and Privilege

A Tale of Three Viruses: Corona, Stupidity and Privilege

Waking up from sleep has usually been a refreshing exercise. Like, returning home after a hard day of work. But, not anymore. While we do not celebrate the little pleasures that life brings, it is only when bliss gives us a miss, that we begin to take note of how the quotidian is more than just routine. When the second[Read More…]

by April 20, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Surveillance Capitalism threatens public university in India  

Surveillance Capitalism threatens public university in India  

“The higher education in India is poised for colossal changes with deleterious outcomes under the ‘surveillance capitalism,’” according to G. Arunima, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University and the Director of Kerala Council for Historical Research (KCHR). She was delivering the Third “Scholars of Eminence Web-Lecture” (SEW-L) organised by the Inter University Centre for Social Science Research and Extension (IUCSSRE), Mahatma Gandhi[Read More…]

by April 18, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Mohammad Azharuddin was simply the ultimate embodiment of cricketing poetry and grace 

Mohammad Azharuddin was simply the ultimate embodiment of cricketing poetry and grace 

No batsman who played for India took elegance or grace to such divine proportions as Mohammad Azharuddin.He was the perfect manifestation of poetry in motion in Cricket.Azhar was not as technically sound as Rahul Dravid or Sachin Tendulkar ,as calculating as Virat Kohli or as destructive as Virendra Sehwag but for sheer artistry he surpassed them all. Few artists took[Read More…]

by April 16, 2021 Life/Philosophy
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Denis Halliday: A Voice of Reason in an Insane World 

Denis Halliday is an exceptional figure in the world of diplomacy. In 1998, after a 34-year career with the United Nations—including as an Assistant Secretary-General and the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq—he resigned when the UN Security Council refused to lift sanctions against Iraq. Halliday saw at first hand the devastating impact of this policy that had led to the[Read More…]

by April 15, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Ramsey Clark: One of the Greatest

Ramsey Clark: One of the Greatest

On the 9th of April 2021, Ramsey Clark passed away in the States. He was ninety four. The former US Attorney-General had spent decades in the struggle for human rights both when he was in government and after he ceased to be Attorney-General. He had been in the forefront of so many human rights causes that it will not be[Read More…]

by April 14, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Language and people

Language and people

Scientific pursuit, struggles in the arena of production, and class-war making language dynamic and rich is related to the issues of the world around – nature and processes in nature, dialectics, basis and super structures and relation between these, power and powerlessness, class and class struggle. Whatever individual contribution in the universe of language is made, it’s ultimately the product[Read More…]

by April 14, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Ramadhan: The spiritual treat laced with mercy

Ramadhan: The spiritual treat laced with mercy

Ramadhan comes as the 9th month of the Islamic Calendar. It is known for the mercy of Almighty on humanity which is in the form of divine guidance, spiritual nourishment, compassion, and moral training. The Islamic calendar is purely lunar. The month begins when the new crescent moon is first visible in the night sky and ends with Eid al[Read More…]

by April 14, 2021 Life/Philosophy
I A Rehman : The torchbearer of Human Rights Movement in Pakistan

I A Rehman : The torchbearer of Human Rights Movement in Pakistan

The passing away of Mr I A Rehman who was also fondly referred as Rehman Saheb, founder of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, a truly people’s Commission on Human Rights is a big loss for the human rights movement in South Asia in general and Pakistan in particular. His was a voice that stood with its head high and with[Read More…]

by April 13, 2021 Life/Philosophy
A BACK to the FUTURE DIALECTIC

A BACK to the FUTURE DIALECTIC

I wish to write a little on a couple of terms, one of which, Ground or Grounding Dimension, I learned from an essay by Larry Dossey, and the other, Floating World, came to me as a designation for America but which I now understand was formerly applied to the urban culture of Edo Japan.  One of these terms implies connectedness,[Read More…]

by April 13, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Homage to legendary Comrade Anuradha Gandhy on 13th death anniversary 

Homage to legendary Comrade Anuradha Gandhy on 13th death anniversary 

Today on April 12th we celebrate the 13th death anniversary of Comrade Anuradha Gandhy. Without doubt one of the greatest comrades in the annals of revolutionary history ever who till her last breath exuded spirit of revolution and was a crusader for liberation. None could illustrate better that to be a revolutionary one had to undergo inner or spiritual transformation.[Read More…]

by April 13, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Why Women get obliterated in Kerala renaissance history?

Why Women get obliterated in Kerala renaissance history?

There has been a proliferation of literature on women, including   women’s history across the world. Yet, women remain mostly invisible or misrepresented in mainstream history. They are either not present at all, or they are portrayed as innately ‘inferior’ and ‘subordinate,’ as perpetual victims of male oppression. This has been a pattern across nations and continents for long. Consequently, the[Read More…]

by April 12, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Sant Kabir—People’s Poet and Social Reformer Whose Enduring Legacy Still Impacts Millions

Sant Kabir—People’s Poet and Social Reformer Whose Enduring Legacy Still Impacts Millions

Over five centuries after he confronted the most powerful pillars of establishment with truth and courage, Sant Kabir reigns in the hearts of millions as an compromising social reformer and people’s poet with perhaps the widest reach in India. He is still arguably the most commonly quoted poet in the vast Hindi belt, with a following that extends much beyond[Read More…]

by April 12, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Remembering Sunder Navalkar

Remembering Sunder Navalkar

Red salutes to immortal Contribution of Sunder Navalkar to emancipation of the working class who passed away on April 9th  Veteran comrade Sunder Navalkar is no more, perishing at 10.30 in the morning on April 9th.Without doubt she was one of the greatest persons ever to have treaded the path of Communist Revolution blazing the spirit of Liberation or Mao[Read More…]

by April 11, 2021 Life/Philosophy
The Limits of Gandhian Non-Violence

The Limits of Gandhian Non-Violence

Written by Prem Kumar Vijayan & Karen Gabriel It is widely acknowledged that Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, and more specifically, his political method of non-violent struggle, was one of the major reasons that the British were forced to leave India. However, it is also evident that these Gandhian methods have failed on many, many occasions, and are likely to continue to[Read More…]

by April 11, 2021 Life/Philosophy
40th anniversary of epic 153 of Graham Gooch

40th anniversary of epic 153 of Graham Gooch

Gooch was arguably the best ever opening batsman against express pace bowling I have rarely seen a batsman as engrossed out in the middle as Former English opening batsman Graham Gooch in full flow, who could pierce the impenetrable gaps. He may have lacked the touch of a David Gower or solidity of Boycott but for sheer conviction no English[Read More…]

by April 10, 2021 Life/Philosophy
 Experts demand compulsory licensing for generic production of a drug against Covid-19

 Experts demand compulsory licensing for generic production of a drug against Covid-19

Should not a medicine (Remdesivir) that has shown lifesaving effect in certain cases of Covid-19 be made available to all those who need it without delay? Even if Big Pharma has a patent, there are provisions in the global trade treaties that allow governments to issue compulsory licenses to such a lifesaving drug, and keep people over profit. This is[Read More…]

by April 10, 2021 Life/Philosophy
From Pacifism To Violence and the Dialectic

From Pacifism To Violence and the Dialectic

I am trying to wrap my brain around the  abyss between pacifism and violence as to the proper means to bring about socio-political change.  And as to how to overcome that divide. Though not violent as a person, my basic impulse, my instinct in this regard, is belligerent: ultimately, I believe, it will be necessary to unleash a lethal war[Read More…]

by April 10, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Issues of Increasing Concern in School Education

Issues of Increasing Concern in School Education

The last year has been extremely difficult for school education. On the one hand there have been very prolonged school closures due to COVID related factors and on the other hand the new situation has been used to push commercialization trends which already existed but appear to have gained more strength in these exceptional times. There is a feeling of[Read More…]

by April 8, 2021 Life/Philosophy
What Is Health?

What Is Health?

  Marking The World Health Day, April 7, this is an extract from a book by PROF. B. M. HEGDE , HEALTHY INDIA 2020. Health is not the mere absence of physical illness. Health is the overall wellbeing of an individual that takes into account his/her physical, mental, spiritual, societal aspects of life into consideration. With this broad definition of[Read More…]

by April 7, 2021 Life/Philosophy
MLK speaking at Riverside Church, NYC, 4 April 1967

The Assassination and Resurrection of Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I don’t believe in death without resurrection. If they kill me, I will rise again in the Salvadorian people…”  – Archbishop Oscar Romero, martyred, 24 March 1980 Whether we are aware of it or not, we live by stories. We live by others’ stories while we tell our lives by how we live.  Our actions tell our stories.  Then when we[Read More…]

by April 4, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Vanita Shinde: A Village Woman Shows The Light On Creating A Digital Revolution

Vanita Shinde: A Village Woman Shows The Light On Creating A Digital Revolution

Mhaswad village is a mere blip on India’s vast geographic radar but it shines brightly on the country’s development landscape. Women here are seeding a digital revolution that is enabling financial security and well-being for low-income women in remote villages Located in the rain shadow region of Satara district, Maharashtra’s sugar bowl, Mhaswad faces perennial drought and agrarian distress. However,[Read More…]

by April 1, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Role of Religion in violence: A Historic review of its Genesis

Role of Religion in violence: A Historic review of its Genesis

Organized religion is like organized crime. It preys on people’s weaknesses, generates huge profits for its operators and is almost impossible to eradicate-Mike Hermann The above quote is defeatist. Violence in the current day and age is regarded by most mainstream Muslims as a reaction to inequity, injustice, and disempowerment, real or perceived. Stronger nations attack weaker ones when the[Read More…]

by March 31, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Lucifer’s Task

Lucifer’s Task

The two figures strolled in the most relaxed manner, until they came upon what many up there call ‘ The Edge of Heaven’.  They stood on the precipice and together peered down, below the ethers,  through the stratosphere and then the clouds, until they could view the Earth. Jesus- Well my friend, isn’t that majestic, your domain? Lucifer- Yes indeed,[Read More…]

by March 30, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Safe Potable Drinking Water: A Problem Of Serious  Dimensions, in Bengal, Assam, But Not On The Agenda Of  Political  Parties

Safe Potable Drinking Water: A Problem Of Serious  Dimensions, in Bengal, Assam, But Not On The Agenda Of  Political  Parties

  Kalita Majhi, who works as a maid in four houses and earns Rs 2,500 a month, was in the news as BJP gave her the party ticket from Ausgram Assembly constituency located in Purba Burdwan district, Bengal.The district is known to be deprived of safe drinking water like so many others. Dental fluorosis (‘mottled enamel’) is a condition where[Read More…]

by March 29, 2021 Life/Philosophy
The personification  of cricketing grace at its supreme height –David Gower versus Michael Holding

The personification  of cricketing grace at its supreme height –David Gower versus Michael Holding

No sport arguably took grace and artistry to depths of regions the game of cricket did. Bowling and batting or even fielding at its best was reminiscent of poetry or a musical composition. Fast bowling was not all about agression and speed but about poetic beauty. Batting was not all bout power and technical skill but about touch art and[Read More…]

by March 29, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Essential Message of Mahatma Gandhi Has More Significance in An Increasingly Troubled World

Essential Message of Mahatma Gandhi Has More Significance in An Increasingly Troubled World

Nearly 73 years after he left us, victim of an assassin’s bullets, many people grappling with the  most serious problems and issues in our troubled world are increasingly realizing the great value of several essential messages Mahatma  Gandhi left behind after a very eventful and even more thoughtful life. One of these relates to understanding and appreciating the great importance[Read More…]

by March 29, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Will advances in TB treatment outweigh the Covid-19 pushback?

Will advances in TB treatment outweigh the Covid-19 pushback?

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on TB diagnosis and mortality in 2020 has been frightening, to say the least. Recently released WHO data shows that 1.4 million fewer people got TB care in 2020 as compared to 2019- a 21% decrease. Also over 0.5 million people died from TB in 2020 due to lack of diagnosis. Latest data by[Read More…]

by March 26, 2021 Life/Philosophy
About Books, Bookshops and Booksellers

About Books, Bookshops and Booksellers

If you love to read books, then in your journey as a reader you desire, at some point or other, to be part of the bookshop experience, to either own a bookshop or work in one. As a book lover, one tends to romanticize the bookselling experience. Reading the bookselling experiences of George Orwell and Shaun Bythell made me realize[Read More…]

by March 26, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Denialism at an Industrial Scale: An Interview on Intellectual Property Laws around Drugs and Vaccines

Denialism at an Industrial Scale: An Interview on Intellectual Property Laws around Drugs and Vaccines

Writing in his book “Late Victorian Holocausts: El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World”, Mike Davis describes the Anti-Charitable Contributions Act of 1877, introduced in India when it was being ravaged by a famine, by then Viceroy Lord Lytton which “prohibited at the pain of imprisonment private relief donations that potentially interfered with the market-fixing of grain[Read More…]

by March 26, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Was the killing of Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi pre-planned by colonial rulers?

Was the killing of Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi pre-planned by colonial rulers?

Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi (1890—1931) had a unique position in the freedom movement of India. He was also a very great editor whose newspaper Pratap  was a flag-bearer of  freedom fighters as well as worker and peasant struggles. A prominent leader of the Congress Party and its head in United Provinces (roughly the Uttar Pradesh of today) , he also had[Read More…]

by March 25, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Oscar Romero’s Prophetic Courage Needed

Oscar Romero’s Prophetic Courage Needed

Even a cursory glance at the realities which grip India today, will make one realise how grim the situation is. On every global parameter, from the happiness index to the freedom one; from democracy to economic indicators, the country has plummeted miserably and as never before. Untruth and injustice, divisiveness and discrimination, exploitation and exclusion have become the ‘new normal’![Read More…]

by March 25, 2021 Life/Philosophy
My Hindu Religion

My Hindu Religion

I am a devout Hindu but not a believer of RSS Hindutva form of Hinduism which brings about hatred of other religions. My Hindu religion has not taught me to look down on other religions and neither has it instilled in me to go about converting others to my religion because my religion is superior. Hinduism has shown me a[Read More…]

by March 24, 2021 Life/Philosophy
 No Bharat Ratna for Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia, Please!!

 No Bharat Ratna for Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia, Please!!

Twenty third March is the birth anniversary of Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia. In the events organized to mark this occasion demands are often made to the government for posthumous conferment of India’s highest civilian honour i.e. Bharat Ratna on Dr. Lohia. I anticipate that this year would be no different. In a brief commentary I authored in May 2018 a[Read More…]

by March 23, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Gimme Shelter…Land Lords Need not Apply!!

Gimme Shelter…Land Lords Need not Apply!!

For those who have read my previous work you know how I feel about landlords, especially absentee ones… and most especially corporate ones! In the mid 1990s my new wife and I ( each with one kid ) moved from Long Island, N.Y. to Indianapolis IN. Quite candidly, we were tired of renting apartments and could not afford the high[Read More…]

by March 23, 2021 Life/Philosophy
When West meets East and Greatness blooms

When West meets East and Greatness blooms

Debraj Mookerjee explores how syncretism permeates between the West and the East — how the two lores do meet Cultural influences travel at the speed of human imagination. In the modern world it is easy to plot the journey of cultural influences across the planet, thanks to the seamlessness created by communication technologies. The Internet links us all. But we also[Read More…]

by March 22, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Capitalist Seduction: Behind the veils of the Neoliberal Spectacle

Capitalist Seduction: Behind the veils of the Neoliberal Spectacle

 ‘Reforming capitalism’ is essentially considered an oxymoron by the academic world that is flummoxed by the ability of capitalism to re-mould, reorient and revamp itself for sustenance without losing the cardinal jus of exploitation. Post Perestroika and Glasnost[1], which eventually led to the collapse of the Soviet Union, Capitalism in the American unipolar world has triumphed in establishing a symbiotic[Read More…]

by March 20, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Riding all the way to end Gender-based violence and exploitation of Mother Earth

Riding all the way to end Gender-based violence and exploitation of Mother Earth

Two young women Sabita Mahato and Shruti Rawat are on an exciting Trans-Himalayan adventure to make the world aware of the everyday violence faced by women and girls as well as violent exploitation of Mother Earth resulting from capitalist patriarchy. They are being supported by One Billion Rising, South Asia and Young Sangat on their venture through the Campaign #RidetoRise.[Read More…]

by March 20, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Trade Unions, Professional Associations and the Politics of ‘Collective Bargaining’

Trade Unions, Professional Associations and the Politics of ‘Collective Bargaining’

The French thinker Louis Althusser in his famous essay on ideological state apparatuses, includes trade unions (and presumably professional associations too) in his illustrative list of such ideological state apparatuses. Both Trade Unions (TUs) and Professional Associations (PAs) are usually considered politically active bodies that are alert and resistant to any misuse or abuse of state or corporate power. Althusser’s[Read More…]

by March 20, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Salute glory of  Sri Lanka on 25th anniversary of winning Cricket World Cup

Salute glory of  Sri Lanka on 25th anniversary of winning Cricket World Cup

25 years ago on March 17th Sri Lanka captured the coveted cricket world cup title for the first time .It exuded aura of invincibility as few teams ever did like a great emperor annexing territory after territory. A red letter day was written in cricket with an underdog triumphing for the 2nd time. We must salute them for binding or[Read More…]

by March 20, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Remembering Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi on his 90th death anniversary

Remembering Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi on his 90th death anniversary

March 25 is the 90th death anniversary of a great freedom fighter, editor, worker and peasant leader, also deeply committed social reformer who sacrificed his life at the age of 40 while trying to stop communal violence and rescue persons from both communities trapped in it. The reference here is of course to Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi, the famous editor of[Read More…]

by March 19, 2021 Life/Philosophy
A Time For Commitment to Ideals and Aims of Bhagat Singh and His Comrades

A Time For Commitment to Ideals and Aims of Bhagat Singh and His Comrades

Written by Bharat Dogra and Jagmohan Singh In the days to come we will be remembering the ideals and aims of Bhagat Singh and his close colleagues and fellow-maryrs a lot. Many  people and leaders will be gathering to pay their homage to him and fellow-martyrs Rajguru, Sukhdev, Chandra Shekhar Azad , Jatindranath Das, Bhagwati Charan Vohra and others whose[Read More…]

by March 18, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Vivek Gour Broome’s food forest

Vivek Gour Broome’s food forest

Vivek Gour Broome looks the personification of that nursery rhyme, “Old McDonald had a farm…” His farm west of Pune, beyond Hinjewadi in the village of Marunji, is an island of biodiversity – the crows were flying in to the shade of the trees the morning this writer visited. The farm has several different varieties of bamboo, including the thorny[Read More…]

by March 18, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Drugs, Substance Abuse and Mental Issues in the USA 

Drugs, Substance Abuse and Mental Issues in the USA 

In general and on average, people in the USA are supposedly the biggest drug users in the world. They are taught from practically birth that if something is wrong, there is no need to have any discomfort physically or psychologically. Just take some medicine or a bunch of medicines and your life will be alright again. Besides, you deserve happiness[Read More…]

by March 13, 2021 Life/Philosophy
The Ends of Dissent? A Dissenting Understanding of Dissent

The Ends of Dissent? A Dissenting Understanding of Dissent

What is ‘dissent’? The term ‘dissent’ was first used in sixteenth century England, to refer to the opinions of those Christian sects that would not conform to the Church of England (not just Catholics but many Protestant groups too, e.g., the Dissenters, the Puritans). Needless to say, they were quickly criminalised and hunted, leading to the exodus of Puritans to[Read More…]

by March 13, 2021 Life/Philosophy
The Social Media Dilemma

The Social Media Dilemma

We used to say, “Seeing is believing.” That is no longer true about videos. Use of AI to create Deep Fakes is so powerful that most people can’t tell the difference. As time passes, the technology will develop to the extent that we will simply not be able to tell the difference between real footage and doctored or simply created[Read More…]

by March 13, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Cancer and stigma – A reality?

Cancer and stigma – A reality?

What are the most stigmatized illnesses around the world? Umm…TB, HIV, Mental health issues. But have you come across people who are stigmatized because they have cancer? Do you think it exists? Well, it does. Many of us are now aware that the nation is going through an epidemiological transition, which means that there is a change in the pattern[Read More…]

by March 11, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919) addresses a crowd in Stuttgart.

One, Two, Many Rosa Luxemburgs

Marking 150th anniversary of Rosa Luxemburg’s birth, this article about a great woman revolutionary thinker, writer, journalist and activist of the 20th century is being republished. Rosa was born on March 5, 1871 in Poland but grew to be the leader of the German Social Democratic Party, at that time one of the largest Marxist parties of the world. Rosa[Read More…]

by March 10, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Reason, Sociability, and Ethics

Reason, Sociability, and Ethics

  Aristotle famously said that man was a social animal: ζῷον πολιτικόν. He also strongly implied that what distinguished man from all other animals was his rationality. Today this description seems to make more sense than ever. Human beings, contrary to the contract theorists such as Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau, were never lone beings in search of society. They always[Read More…]

by March 8, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Goodbye Dr. Seuss: Let’s Erase the Past with Revolutionary Zeal

Goodbye Dr. Seuss: Let’s Erase the Past with Revolutionary Zeal

“Since August 20, the young Red Guards of Peking, detachments of students,have taken to the streets. With the revolutionary rebel spirit of the proletariat, they have launched a furious offensive to sweep away reactionary, decadent bourgeois and feudal influences, and all old ideas, culture, customs and habits. This mounting revolutionary storm is sweeping the cities of the entire nation.Red Guards[Read More…]

by March 8, 2021 Life/Philosophy
100th Birth Anniversary of Sahir Ludhianvi who Gave  New Meaning and Respect to Hindi Film Song

100th Birth Anniversary of Sahir Ludhianvi who Gave New Meaning and Respect to Hindi Film Song

The influence of Hindi film song in the life of people of India, often cutting across barriers of language and region, should never be underestimated. People keep humming Hindi film tunes all the time and remember and observe their moments of joy and sorrow, romance and rejection in terms of soulful tunes and lyrics from films. Many famous composers and[Read More…]

by March 8, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Remembering Hannah Hauxwell

Remembering Hannah Hauxwell

“Whatever I am, wherever I am, this is me, this is my life and if there’s a funny old person in years to come, who’s a ghost walking up and down here, it’ll be me.” These are the words of an incredible woman with an indomitable spirit, who has been an inspiration to many worldwide – Hannah Hauxwell, an English[Read More…]

by March 8, 2021 Life/Philosophy
A Gilded Age summer cottage “The Breakers”, built by Cornelius Vanderbilt II, in Rhode Island tallied in at an astounding sixty-five thousand square feet.  

An Expat Billionaire’s Lifestyle in Los Angeles is Reminiscent of the “Gilded Age”

A few nights ago, I had watched the NTV video on Probash Jibon featuring a self-made Bangladeshi born multi-billionaire Kali Pradip Chaudhuri (KPC) in Los Angeles (LA), California. His lifestyle consists of such opulence and excesses that it will be categorically approved by Mukesh Ambani, the Reliance Industries Chairman and Jay Gatsby, Scott Fitzgerald’s flamboyant central character in The Great[Read More…]

by March 7, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Tribute to Sunil Gavaskar on 50th anniversary of his Test debut

Tribute to Sunil Gavaskar on 50th anniversary of his Test debut

Today on March 6th we commemorate a landmark day in the history of India being the 50th anniversary of legendary Sunil Gavaskar making his debut in test cricket. For the first time ever the immortal Sunil Gavaskar stepped on a cricket pitch to set sail for one of the most illustrious careers ever of any sportsman. What set him apart[Read More…]

by March 6, 2021 Life/Philosophy
MOTHER and CHILD

MOTHER and CHILD

Of all visions accessible on this living Earth, no natural sight is more beautiful that a mother and child.  If the mother and child are human (no matter of what race), they are beautiful. If mother and child are lion or tiger, horse, bison, swan, or mountain sheep, beautiful. If mother and child are bear, be they black or brown,[Read More…]

by March 5, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Tribute to the  genius of late actor Sanjeev Kumar which still sparkles 35 years after his death 

Tribute to the  genius of late actor Sanjeev Kumar which still sparkles 35 years after his death 

Few actors ever took versatility or acting craft to such a crescendo as actor Sanjeev Kumar. He may have left us early at the young age of 47 but the stamp he left marks it’s print today and will possibly remain forever in the annals of Bollywood history.Sanjeev was simply Bollywood’s ultimate chamelion.Sanjeev Kumar traversed regions in acting almost nonone[Read More…]

by March 4, 2021 Life/Philosophy
 Instead of reducing maximum speed limit, Thailand increases it to 120 kph

 Instead of reducing maximum speed limit, Thailand increases it to 120 kph

Thailand was among the countries globally that promised last year to reduce the maximum speed limit to 30 kilometre per hour (30 kph) to reduce road traffic crashes, and thus, save lives. More importantly, the government of Thailand played a major role last year as part of the International Advisory Committee to 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety held[Read More…]

by March 2, 2021 Life/Philosophy
One of the artifacts on the grounds of the National Museum in Damascus

How museums are revitalizing in times of covid-19 crisis?

The recent cataclysmic year 2020 has been a true test of our resilience, and certainly some of the most challenging of our lives and career. As many buildings temporarily closed its doors, like so many museum and cultural institutions around the world, which lead to concerned about the future, but it is also an overwhelming sense of solidarity, knowing that[Read More…]

by March 2, 2021 Life/Philosophy
When Our Most Important Identity Gets the Least Importance, This Creates Serious Problems

When Our Most Important Identity Gets the Least Importance, This Creates Serious Problems

     People grow up with several identities. One identity can be that of caste, another one can be that of religion , yet another one can be that of ethnicity. Some people identify themselves with the real or imaginary fame of their family or ancestors, while others tend to identify themselves very strongly with certain spiritual ( real and imaginary[Read More…]

by March 1, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Afrin Kale: How an engineer found her calling in farming

Afrin Kale: How an engineer found her calling in farming

Afrin Kale is a farmer with a degree in civil engineering. A resident of Pune city, her five-acre farm is in Pimpalgaon Ghode village of Ambegaon Tehsil of Pune district, about 80 km from the city. She travels once or twice each week to the farm, and she has hired Ravi and Roshni, a young couple, to live in the[Read More…]

by February 28, 2021 Life/Philosophy
World Food System Linked to High Levels of  Hunger , Obesity and  Health Problems

World Food System Linked to High Levels of  Hunger , Obesity and  Health Problems

Serious distortions of  world food system are reflected in rather curious statistics that as many as a billion people suffer from hunger but almost double this number also suffer from obesity. However it should be clarified that obesity is not generally the result of  overeating as much as this is the result of unhealthy foods churned out and promoted on[Read More…]

by February 27, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Suckers for Fat Cat Sports!!

Suckers for Fat Cat Sports!!

This writer does love sports, especially football and baseball. I was raised as a baby boomer with literally a football, a bat and glove in my hands 24/7. The only time us kids tossed aside those items and scooted upstairs was when our Moms yelled out ‘ It’s Howdy Doody Time!’ Other than that, most of us were back on[Read More…]

by February 27, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Genesis of Capitalism

Genesis of Capitalism

Marxists advocate bourgeois revolution to break the fetters of feudalism. Capitalist markets are only the most advanced form of exchange. Industrialization was the inevitable outcome of human instincts. In the Marxist version, petty commodity production freed of feudalism grows into capitalism. 1 Many people came to believe, especially after the collapse of communism, that capitalism was the natural condition of[Read More…]

by February 26, 2021 Life/Philosophy
War and Peace Through Faith

War and Peace Through Faith

They say do not contribute silver bricks for Ram temple, because it is difficult to stock silver bricks there. Funny! Union Ministers are pleading to people to contribute to the Ram Temple. This guy called Ram did not walk over silver for 14 years in the forests as per the myth. However, people are contributing silver bricks. People who broke[Read More…]

by February 26, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Don’t Blame the Victim 

Don’t Blame the Victim 

People in the Massachusetts government and in our charities strive hard to ensure shelter for all in my state. Yet many poverty-stricken folks having no charge or low charge housing and food bank food don’t want to be dependent on financial or food assistance. They definitely don’t want a handout, and find receiving it demeaning, belittling and humiliating. Instead they want[Read More…]

by February 26, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Remembering Chandra Shekhar Azad  in the Context of Our Victimized Young Activists Today

Remembering Chandra Shekhar Azad  in the Context of Our Victimized Young Activists Today

Written by  Bharat Dogra and Jagmohan Singh Chandra Shekhar Azad has been one of the most enduring and inspiring symbols of courage and resistance in India. He symbolizes for millions of people in the country indomitable  spirit of great courage in standing up for justice and freedom. As we remember him on his martyrdom day on February 27 we will[Read More…]

by February 25, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Are we failing children in the HIV response?

Are we failing children in the HIV response?

The promise was that by 2020, no child will be born with HIV or newly infected with HIV during breastfeeding across the world. Even before the Covid-19 pandemic posed an unprecedented challenge to health systems, the progress towards the HIV-related 2020 goalpost, despite some commendable gains, was not very encouraging. Despite global efforts to prevent HIV transmission, 150,000 children were[Read More…]

by February 25, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Understanding the concept of Quality of Life

Understanding the concept of Quality of Life

 Written by Dr Swati Sapna and  Upasna Gaba WHO defines Quality of Life as “an individual’s perception of their position in life in the context of the culture and value systems in which they live and in relation to their goals, expectations, standards and concerns.”(1) Quality of life (QOL) is a broad multidimensional concept that typically involves both positive and[Read More…]

by February 24, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Annie Besant

Remembering British Citizens Who Helped Indian Struggle Against Colonial Rule

Colonial rule is generally a relentless long story of exploitation and injustice, and this is certain true of the nearly two centuries of British rule in India. Despite this reality, however, it is fascinating to know that there were several British citizens who went out of their way to help the struggles of India against colonial rule. Some of them[Read More…]

by February 24, 2021 Life/Philosophy
The Burning Flame of Patriotism-Sardar Ajit Singh-Remembering on 140th Birth Anniversary

The Burning Flame of Patriotism-Sardar Ajit Singh-Remembering on 140th Birth Anniversary

Sardar Ajit Singh, uncle of more famous Indian hero Bhagat Singh was born on 23rd February 1881 at Khatkar Kalan village in then Jalandhar district of pre-partition Punjab, the month and year in which The Tribune also came into existence in Lahore. The ancestors of Ajit Singh had come over to village Garh Kalan, as it was named earlier, from[Read More…]

by February 23, 2021 Life/Philosophy
‘Syncretism has always been a fundamental part of our DNA’

‘Syncretism has always been a fundamental part of our DNA’

An online conversation with Avik Chanda, the best-selling author of Dara Shukoh: The Man Who Would Be King While we grapple in the throes of not just the pandemic but worldwide disruptions of democratic traditions, protests gone awry and a questioning of divisions that deepen rifts among humans, perhaps it is time to explore more syncretic lore in history and to[Read More…]

by February 23, 2021 Life/Philosophy
The Role of Non- pharmacological interventions in COVID-19 Pandemic

The Role of Non- pharmacological interventions in COVID-19 Pandemic

Written by Bhagyashree Dutta and Dr Chandrima Chatterjee  In December 2019, in Wuhan, China, a cluster of unusual severe pneumonia cases with unknown causes were reported. These were later identified as caused by a novel strain of coronavirus [1]. Severe acute respiratory syndrome, coronavirus 2 (SARS_CoV-2) outbreaks, was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11th,[Read More…]

by February 22, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Helpful Role of Community Based Approach in Improving Mental Health  in Remote Rural Areas

Helpful Role of Community Based Approach in Improving Mental Health  in Remote Rural Areas

          In recent times of Covid-19 the importance of giving adequate attention to mental health has been re-emphasized time and again. Here again, however, the new and welcome phase of giving more emphasis to mental health has not yet reached the more remote rural areas. However those with long experience of working on mental health in remote rural areas say[Read More…]

by February 22, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Sincere Efforts Can Contribute Much to Making Benefits and Schemes More Accessible for Disability Affected Persons

Sincere Efforts Can Contribute Much to Making Benefits and Schemes More Accessible for Disability Affected Persons

          Many benefits and schemes available for persons with various disabilities cannot reach them, particularly in more remote villages, as much effort is needed for linking persons with disabilities (PwDs) with the various schemes meant for providing relief and benefits to them . Due to past neglect the number of PwDs can be not only surprisingly high in several remote[Read More…]

by February 22, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Organ donation: Knowledge and opportunities for action

Organ donation: Knowledge and opportunities for action

Written by Dr. Anamika Roy, Dr. Chandrima Chatterjee and Bhagyashree Dutta Organ donation is the procedure of surgically removing an organ or tissue from one individual (the donor) and placing it into another individual (the recipient).[1] Transplantation is required when the recipient’s organ has failed or has been damaged by disease or injury. Organ transplantation is a major medical advancement.[Read More…]

by February 22, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Role of Religion in Modern Society

Role of Religion in Modern Society

Humanity carries an historical baggage. Religion is arguably the most important component of the burden. Defined as a set of beliefs in the super natural causation of natural phenomenon, it most likely arose when humans acquired the faculty of coherent thought and communication skills. Prior to that, at the point of divergence from their closest cousins the chimpanzees, and like[Read More…]

by February 21, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Some Thoughts on International Mother Language Day

Some Thoughts on International Mother Language Day

On the eve of February 21, International Mother Language Day, the afternoon was sunny, windless and frozen. The sun came up after a two-day winter snow storm. The snow was melting and I bundled up and decided to walk along the trails in my neighborhood to get a few minutes of sun. Above me the sunlight was pouring its yellow light[Read More…]

by February 21, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Top Rice Scientist Dr. Richharia Who Sacrificed Much to Protect Interests of Farmers

Top Rice Scientist Dr. Richharia Who Sacrificed Much to Protect Interests of Farmers

           In many big debates on agriculture in India the name of Dr. R.H.Richharia inevitably comes up, even though top establishment persons and powerful interests want to avoid this. One reason why this name of Dr. Richharia comes up time and again is that he was an extremely learned and distinguished  scientist, certainly the top rice scientist from India. Many[Read More…]

by February 18, 2021 Life/Philosophy
From Saving Forests and Seeds to Communal Harmony and Equality, Kunwar Prasun’s Quest for A Better World Never Stopped

From Saving Forests and Seeds to Communal Harmony and Equality, Kunwar Prasun’s Quest for A Better World Never Stopped

People know him mainly as an activist of the famous Chipko movement, but the reality of the  life of Kunwar Prasun was that his yearnings for creating a better world were constantly taking him from one struggle and constructive engagement to another. A deeply committed Gandhian all his life, Prasun was guided only by his understanding of what is truth[Read More…]

by February 17, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Despite  the Spin By Lobbyists , Extremely Tragic Health Impacts of Alcohol Confirmed by Latest Research

Despite  the Spin By Lobbyists , Extremely Tragic Health Impacts of Alcohol Confirmed by Latest Research

            It is now well that the powerful tobacco lobby spread many falsehoods to undermine the steadily growing scientific evidence regarding the very serious health risks of tobacco. Millions of dollars were spent on this lobbying, with huge benefits doled out to corrupt scientists, decision-makers and media. The lobbyists and their collaborators made huge fortunes while public health suffered a[Read More…]

by February 16, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Transformation of Higher Education post COVID-19 in India

Transformation of Higher Education post COVID-19 in India

Written by Dr. Sudhamshi Beeram, Dr. Arathi P Rao and Prof. K Rajasekharan Nayar The disruption caused by COVID-19 pandemic has been drastic and perhaps one of the most dramatic transitions witnessed in the education sector. The massive and unexpected closures have forced educational institutions to seek quick fixes in different digital learning platforms (Jandrić, 2020). More than a semester[Read More…]

by February 15, 2021 Life/Philosophy
The Phone Salesman

The Phone Salesman

He was pissed! Really pissed! How could that purchasing agent asshole do this!? What a way to start his week. As it was he hated Mondays, always! The new week brought the same anxieties all the time. You work on straight commission and this is the way it is. He remembered the Hyman Roth character from Godfather 2 saying to[Read More…]

by February 13, 2021 Life/Philosophy
History Writing to the Rescue against Sectarian Nationalism – A Tribute to Prof D.N. Jha

History Writing to the Rescue against Sectarian Nationalism – A Tribute to Prof D.N. Jha

India currently is in the grip of ‘constructed Hate’. This in turn has led to violence against vulnerable sections of society, particularly religious minorities and dalits. As such one understands that love is a natural phenomenon and Hatred is generally a phenomenon constructed around misconceptions about the targeted sections of society. These targeted sections of society have to bear the[Read More…]

by February 13, 2021 Life/Philosophy
The double burden of COVID-19 and Diabetes

The double burden of COVID-19 and Diabetes

Written by Prabhu Dutta Shaw, Dr. Arathi P Rao COVID-19 is a disease that has indiscriminately affected individuals with unequal vulnerability. While the world is still suffering because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the risk of the emergence of a diabetes epidemic has started looming into view. On the one hand, it is seen that hyperglycaemia tends to increase morbidity[Read More…]

by February 13, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Communication: the ethical side to organ donation

Communication: the ethical side to organ donation

Written by Dr. Chandrima Chatterjee, Bhagyashree Dutta, Dr. Anamika Roy Organ donation is a much debated and sought-after topic, yet numerous bioethical controversies are associated with it. With the advent of organ black markets, revised regulations and increased precautions for donating organs. As far as bioethical concerns are there, one factor is communicating the different facets to the family members[Read More…]

by February 12, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Chandra Singh Garhwali—World Peace Movement Will Never Forget the Soldier Who Refused to Fire on Unarmed Protestors

Chandra Singh Garhwali—World Peace Movement Will Never Forget the Soldier Who Refused to Fire on Unarmed Protestors

It was a tense day in Peshawar in 1930.The freedom movement under the guidance of Badshah Khan and the overall national leadership of Mahatma Gandhi was progressing from strength to strength. The Khudai Khidmatgars ( literally those who have committed themselves to serving God through service to humanity ) organized by the Badshah ( literally king, so called as he[Read More…]

by February 12, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Tribute to Tarimela Nagi Reddy on 104th birthday today

Tribute to Tarimela Nagi Reddy on 104th birthday today

Today on February 11th the Indian Communist movement celebrates the 104th birth anniversary of legendary Comrade Tarimela Nagi Reddy.Without doubt he was one of the most outstanding personalities ever in the history of the Communist movement and arguably contributed more as an architect of the massline than any Indian revolutionary. Imbibing his teachings are important even today when the Indian[Read More…]

by February 11, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Tribute to Comrade Amritpal Passi or Jagseer on 13th death  anniversary

Tribute to Comrade Amritpal Passi or Jagseer on 13th death  anniversary

Comrade Amritpal Passi or Jagseer left us exactly 13 years ago on February 9th, tragically succumbing to Cancer. He was a state Commitee member of the Communist Party Re-Organisation Centre of India (Marxist Leninist) We also commemorated his 70th birthday on January 22nd this year. Without doubt he was one of the most defining or impactful comrades in Punjab his[Read More…]

by February 9, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Remembering Kondapalli Koteswaramma through Her Memories

Remembering Kondapalli Koteswaramma through Her Memories

Several events were narrated to me about ‘the left political spectrum’ before I became a member, and worked with a couple of political organisations within this spectrum in Kolkata. Before Kolkata, in Pune, I was a part of college protest events at BMCC and ILS both, after the tragic murder of the rationalist, Dr. Narendra Dabholkar in 2013, and had[Read More…]

by February 9, 2021 Life/Philosophy
The Myth of Hardness: Public Sciences and  Jugglery

The Myth of Hardness: Public Sciences and  Jugglery

The present world is dominated by a scientific world view which places undue focus on practicality mainly arising out of a market-oriented economic philosophy. Technological advancements have definitely helped the present society in many ways especially communication sector, education, health, travel etc. Of course, in this ‘new world’, basic sciences have become marginal and this has tremendous implications for education[Read More…]

by February 9, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Nazi Ascendance Of Wilhelm Frick And Joseph Goebbels

Nazi Ascendance Of Wilhelm Frick And Joseph Goebbels

 NAZI ASCENDANCE OF WILHELM FRICK AND JOSEPH GOEBBELS–FROM MUNICH PUTSCH- STORMING TO NURENBERG LAWS-1935. (RETURN OF THE REPRESSED)  – HISTORICAL LESSONS.-CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY- “Pictographic Depiction” of their Historical Ascendance to Nazi Strangulation” Following the NURENBURG Rally of Reichsparteitag ( REICH PARTY) was held in 1923 and what followed was imitation of Mussolini’s March in 1921 and seizure of power in[Read More…]

by February 8, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Are You Or Someone You Know At Risk For Diabetes?

Are You Or Someone You Know At Risk For Diabetes?

Eight years ago, I went for a blood pull early in the morning. I was instructed to eat nothing and only have plain water, coffee or tea starting at ten o’clock at night until after the blood extraction the next day. So I decided the day before the procedure that I would have spaghetti and meatballs for dinner as that[Read More…]

by February 8, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Fundamentalists Can’t Live Together

Fundamentalists Can’t Live Together

             Religious revival and highly charged conflicts in a shrinking world make it difficult for people of competing faiths to live together. Fundamentalists of all creeds exhibit a striking commonality; an inability to think rationally. Menachem Begin bombed the King Edward Hotel in Jerusalem 1945, Communal riots in Jabalpur, in India in 1961, religious riots in Beirut in 1983, Babri[Read More…]

by February 7, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Tribute to Gundappa Vishwanath on 40th anniversary of his Melbourne Classic 

Tribute to Gundappa Vishwanath on 40th anniversary of his Melbourne Classic 

Today on February  7thH we commemorate the 40th anniversary of Gundappa Vishwanath’s epic  114 at Melbourne in 1981. This knock virtually took India out of the doldrums or despair to effect one of cricket’s great turnarounds to win a test and draw a rubber on Australian soil for the first time. The memories of his strokes on this day are[Read More…]

by February 7, 2021 Life/Philosophy
 HIV science has advanced but policies-programmes have been slow to #endAIDS

 HIV science has advanced but policies-programmes have been slow to #endAIDS

HIV science has advanced but policies and programmes have been slow to respond towards ending AIDS, said Mitchell Warren, co-chair of the global conference on HIV Research for Prevention (HIVR4P) and Executive Director of AVAC (Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention). Scientific advances have seen huge gains on HIV prevention and treatment fronts. Sadly, what has not changed is the lack[Read More…]

by February 7, 2021 Life/Philosophy
 Market solutions will make roads unsafe for everyone

 Market solutions will make roads unsafe for everyone

India along with 193 countries had promised to halve deaths and serious injuries on the roads by 2020 (as part of UN Sustainable Development Goals). But we have failed to keep this promise as the year 2020 passed by. In 2015, number of road traffic accident deaths in India were 146,133. In 2019, instead of declining (by half), the number[Read More…]

by February 6, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Most Cost-Effective and Pain-Reducing Way of Reducing Cancer-Related Distress is to Focus More on Preventive Aspects

Most Cost-Effective and Pain-Reducing Way of Reducing Cancer-Related Distress is to Focus More on Preventive Aspects

          There is increasing concern that the denial of cancer care and diagnosis to a lot of patients during the recent times of lockdowns and concentrating medical attention on Covis-19 is likely to lead to an increase in cancer related deaths in the near future. To give just one indication of this, a Lancet study has presented estimates of a[Read More…]

by February 6, 2021 Life/Philosophy
131st Birth Anniversary of Frontier Gandhi Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan–Who?

131st Birth Anniversary of Frontier Gandhi Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan–Who?

February 6 is the 131st birth anniversary of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan also popularly known as Frontier Gandhi and Badshah Khan. He was a prominent Indian freedom fighter, a die-hard opponent of the two-nation theory and the idea of Pakistan. He was totally committed to Gandhi’s idea of non-violence, enjoyed the same stature in the NWFP also known as Frontier[Read More…]

by February 6, 2021 Life/Philosophy
The Christmas Tree

The Christmas Tree

Let me tell you, divorce with kids is no fun. In most traditional divorces the dad goes off and the mom keeps the kids. Now, many will say that the mom then has it the worst, for she has to take care of them without a dad around to help. Everyone knows that it is the mom who has to[Read More…]

by February 6, 2021 Life/Philosophy
“A simple boy from the prairie”: An interview with Robert Jensen

“A simple boy from the prairie”: An interview with Robert Jensen

When a European graduate student emailed to ask if I would participate in an assignment to “do an interview with one of my favourite authors,” I said yes. My books have not exactly been best-sellers, and so I was an easy target for anyone describing me as a “favourite author.” But beyond my gratitude for someone noticing my writing, I[Read More…]

by February 5, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Buddhist Political Theory: Social Contract Theory of the Origin of State 

Buddhist Political Theory: Social Contract Theory of the Origin of State 

Reader’s Guide Buddhist theory of the origin of state, as contained is Digha Nikaya, one of the collections of Buddha’s teachings) is a great ancient Indian contribution to the history of political theory. Purpose of this chapter is to explain the need of the state for the maintenance of the social order, arising due to emergence of evils in the[Read More…]

by February 5, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Making cancer treatment worse?

Making cancer treatment worse?

 “He’s the best physician that knows the worthlessness of the most medicines.” -Benjamin Franklin The great 19th century physician, Robert Hutchinson, had a daily prayer which ran: “God! Give me deliverance from treating sick human beings as cases, not letting the well alone and making my treatment worse than his disease.” More than one hundred fifty years later we are[Read More…]

by February 4, 2021 Life/Philosophy
A Narcissistic Monster In One’s Life 

A Narcissistic Monster In One’s Life 

Approximately 4% of the population is born with brain anomalies that cause them to be narcissists. In dysfunctional societies, the number of people with this orientation can rise to be as high as around 20%. Partly this increase is due to certain desirable values and norms eroding for some individuals as they advance in age. Then they increasingly become comfortable[Read More…]

by February 4, 2021 Life/Philosophy
World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day

Today, February 4, is the World Cancer Day. We wish all the cancer patients and caregivers – family members, friends and caregivers in the cancer hospitals from all levels – helpers, nurses and oncologists our best wishes, concern and empathy. All sciences have borders of unknown. In the case of cancer it is even more so. There are a lot[Read More…]

by February 4, 2021 Life/Philosophy
 Concept Of Human Sexuality And Havelock Ellis’s Arduous Wave Of Liberal Open-Mindedness In The Bygone Victorian Era

 Concept Of Human Sexuality And Havelock Ellis’s Arduous Wave Of Liberal Open-Mindedness In The Bygone Victorian Era

Sex lies at the root of life, and we can never learn to reverence life until we know how to understand sex. ~ Henry Havelock Ellis (2nd February 1859–8th July 1939) Human Sexuality is a subject that is tightly wound up with hushed whispers and deadly silence, often resorting to hunting us back with physical or verbal violence. India is still[Read More…]

by February 3, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Why Revolution Is Now Needed More Than Ever Before But  Needs Much Conceptual Clarity

Why Revolution Is Now Needed More Than Ever Before But  Needs Much Conceptual Clarity

Revolution is inherently a very noble concept as it is based on three very important  understandings for promoting improvement of human society. Firstly, there is a recognition that there is something basically wrong with the way human society is organized and functions at present, leading to avoidable large-scale distress and potential of this increasing even more in future. Next ,[Read More…]

by February 3, 2021 Life/Philosophy
A Forever Champion of Women and Land Rights- Revisiting Bharti Roy Choudhary’s Legacy

A Forever Champion of Women and Land Rights- Revisiting Bharti Roy Choudhary’s Legacy

The Indian socio political environment at this moment is witnessing a never before revolutionary churning since the days of British colonialism. History is being etched by the ongoing farmers protest against agricultural laws brought in by an inconsiderate dispensation that is hand in gloves with crony capitalists. Farmers breaking all the barriers of gender, religion, caste and geography are uniting[Read More…]

by February 2, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Childhood Bullying

Childhood Bullying

Bullying can start at an early age. It usually involves an act of ridiculing and shunning the intended victim, who is deliberately being mistreated. Moreover the bully sometimes is an individual and sometimes bullies can be an entire coordinated group of children assaulting a singled out person. All school aged bullies pick on either one child or a number of[Read More…]

by February 2, 2021 Life/Philosophy
 Expanding range of options to prevent HIV is key as no one size fits all

 Expanding range of options to prevent HIV is key as no one size fits all

While the currently available HIV prevention and treatment tools have helped reduce new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths by 23% and 39% respectively since 2010, we still have a long way to go before ending this epidemic. With 1.7 million new HIV infections and 690,000 AIDS-related deaths in 2019, one cannot but over emphasise the urgent need to have more[Read More…]

by February 2, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Elderly Iranian Jews, Daniel Zargari and Neisan Massaband, watch elderly Muslim, Azizzeh Asgarzadeh, from right, draw at the Iranian Jewish convalescent home in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday Sept. 26, 2007. Oct. 1 has been designated the International Day of Older Persons, IDOP, by the United Nations, in recognition of the world's rapidly ageing population. (AP Photo/Hasan Sarbakhshian)

Population Problem Today

ABSTRACT Today no one is talking of controlling population any more. Fertility rates are falling all over the world and many governments are encouraging births; giving monetary support and withdrawing free contraceptives and free vasectomy operations. The new problem is that of ageing. No one is prepared to talk of decreasing the longevity. Increasing longevity has long been a marker[Read More…]

by January 31, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Here On The Edge Of Hell, Stands Harlem

Here On The Edge Of Hell, Stands Harlem

The U.S. celebrates February as Black History Month and one of the prominent prospects of African-American history is Jazz Poetry; poetry that mirrors jazz-like rhythm or feels of improvisation, i.e. the jazz milieu. Jazz poetry was initially conceived in the 1920s as a voice of acceptance, racial pride and expression of individualism. The 1950s oversaw the focus shift towards spontaneity,[Read More…]

by January 30, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Was Mahatma Gandhi a true crusader for liberation?-Tribute on 73rd anniversary of Gandhi’s assassination 

Was Mahatma Gandhi a true crusader for liberation?-Tribute on 73rd anniversary of Gandhi’s assassination 

Exactly 73years ago  Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by a Hindu Communal fanatic who made an impact on humanity at large as few individuals ever did in the history of mankind. Whether for good or evil. few men ever on the face of this earth could mobilise or influence people to the extent or manner Gandhi did .Arguably there is no[Read More…]

by January 30, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Martyr’s Day: Recalling Gandhi’s Vision of Freedom and Liberty as Creating an Inclusive, Plural, Tolerant India with a Sense of Humour!

Martyr’s Day: Recalling Gandhi’s Vision of Freedom and Liberty as Creating an Inclusive, Plural, Tolerant India with a Sense of Humour!

On 30th January, 2021, we mark the 73rd anniversary of the very date when Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by someone who did not share his vision of an inclusive and plural India. The PUCL would like to mark this important date by remembering the values which Gandhiji stood for which are under threat today. We want to remember a Gandhiji[Read More…]

Mahatma Gandhi’s Enduring Message of Non-Violence

Mahatma Gandhi’s Enduring Message of Non-Violence

         In a world increasingly troubled by violence and strife Mahatma Gandhi’s message remains highly relevant today, 73  years after the assassination of this man of peace. Gandhi’s work and writings covered a very wide range of activities, but perhaps what present-day  world needs to learn most from Gandhi is his overwhelming emphasis on non-violence to resolve any conflict or[Read More…]

by January 30, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Contribution of Gandhian Ideas in Responding to the Survival Crisis

Contribution of Gandhian Ideas in Responding to the Survival Crisis

          The concept of survival crisis refers to the emergence of life-threatening conditions on our planet due to factors like accumulation of weapons of mass destruction and a range of very serious environmental problems led by but not confined to climate change. This is the most serious problem on earth today, but the recognition of this by more and more[Read More…]

by January 30, 2021 Life/Philosophy
What Philosophers say about Coronavirus Prevention?

What Philosophers say about Coronavirus Prevention?

Written by Thomas Klikauer and Nadine Campbell The 2020-2021 coronavirus is by no means the first pandemic that has impacted people’s lives. Throughout history, philosophers have contributed to our understanding of what pandemics mean and how to fight them. Self-evidently, philosophers are dedicated to philosophy. Like the term pandemic originating in Greek’s pandēmos – “pan” or “all” linked to “demos”,[Read More…]

by January 29, 2021 Life/Philosophy
The Power of Magick: Why Materialists, Atheists And Marxists Need It

The Power of Magick: Why Materialists, Atheists And Marxists Need It

 Magick is the science and art of causing change to occur in conformity with the Will.   ― Aleister Crowley, The Book of Thoth            ORIENTATION Throwing the baby out with the bathwater In two articles I wrote in 2019, Facing the Music: Religion, Nationalism and Sports Have Enchanted the Working Class; Socialism Hasn’t  and Re-Enchanting Socialism: How Not to Throw[Read More…]

by January 29, 2021 Life/Philosophy
And Flowers Die

And Flowers Die

“Nothing ever seems to last promises made promises lost and pride is kept at any cost and flowers die and children cry and lonely people carry on.” She was tired, but not too tired to go to work. Matter of fact, she was lucky to be able to have a job. So many of her friends were still at home,[Read More…]

by January 28, 2021 Life/Philosophy
The ring has finally arrived!

The ring has finally arrived!

You guessed it right. I am talking about the dapivirine vaginal ring (DPV-VR), which is one of the top advances happening in the field of microbicides. It is the first long acting prevention product whose Phase-3 randomised controlled studies have shown that using the dapivirine vaginal ring reduced the risk of HIV infection in women and long-term use was well-tolerated.[Read More…]

by January 28, 2021 Life/Philosophy
The Syncretic Lore of Guru Nanak’s Legacy

The Syncretic Lore of Guru Nanak’s Legacy

While skirmishes continue to line the borders of India, Sameer Arshad Khatlani, author of The Other Side of the Divide, explores the deeply embedded syncretic elements in the heritage left behind by the founder of Sikhism. Part of his legacy still lives on in Pakistan. ‘Beating of Retreat’ Ceremony at International Border at Wagha. Photo Courtesy: Wiki Poet-philosopher Muhammad Iqbal’s ‘tremendous work’, wrote German writer Hermann[Read More…]

by January 27, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Chembaka Raman Pillai: forerunner of Rash Behari Bose and Subhas Chandra Bose

Chembaka Raman Pillai: forerunner of Rash Behari Bose and Subhas Chandra Bose

Unsung hero of freedom struggle who was brave enough to defy Hitler in his own land This story is the story of that unsung hero of the Indian freedom struggle who stood at the forefront to fight for Indian Independence, even before Gandhiji, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose (NSC Bose), and many other dignitaries who got their place in the recorded[Read More…]

by January 27, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Life in a Rehabilitation Center

Life in a Rehabilitation Center

While in a US rehabilitation center, one has to be able to basically accept and get along with an assortment of people from many different cultures, ethnic groups and countries. Indeed, lots of staff members in a rehab place originated from various lands around the world rather than just the U.S. All the while, most of the residents were born[Read More…]

by January 25, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Remembering Michael Madhusudan Dutt

Remembering Michael Madhusudan Dutt

Michael Madhusudan Dutt is considered as a poem, who played a key role in turning poetry from the age of ancient to modern. He is the only poet who dared to change the philosophy of art of epic, for which, people of Bangladesh will never forget him. Today Monday is the 197th anniversary of the birth of the great poet.[Read More…]

by January 25, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Common Myths About Human Progress

Common Myths About Human Progress

There are several widely held myths about human progress which have persisted widely for a long time and the wide persistence of these myths has itself become an obstacle in the path of progress. Perhaps the most common myth is of the inevitability of progress over a long period of time. It is taken for granted that if we compare[Read More…]

by January 23, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Revisiting The Back-Stabbing Of Netaji By Hindutva Gang On His 125th Birth Anniversary

Revisiting The Back-Stabbing Of Netaji By Hindutva Gang On His 125th Birth Anniversary

The 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose falls on on January 23, 2021.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a senior RSS cadre who identifies himself as Hindu Nationalist will be in Kolkata to inaugurate the celebrations given the nomenclature, ‘Parakram Diwas’ [Valour Day]. According to the RSS-BJP government January 23rd will continue to be commemorated as ‘Parakram Diwas’ in future[Read More…]

by January 22, 2021 Life/Philosophy
40th Anniversary of Gang Of Four Trial In China

40th Anniversary of Gang Of Four Trial In China

On January 25th we commemorate the 40th anniversary of the historic show trial of Chiang Ching,Wang Hognwen,Chang Chun Chiao and Yoa Wen Yuan or the’ gang of four ‘ in China.    There could have been no better illustration of how after 1978 under Deng Xiaoping China turned into a Social fascist state .The verdict of the trial was the[Read More…]

by January 22, 2021 Life/Philosophy
What is Progress?

What is Progress?

A lot of problems have been caused by the fact that there has not been  enough careful thinking on what constitutes human progress and it has been often just taken for granted that progress has been taking place over long periods of time, interrupted occasionally perhaps by some short-term disruptions. This leads to the curious  anomaly of periods of aggravation[Read More…]

by January 22, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Reclaiming ‘Truth’ from ‘Lies’ and ‘Bullshit’ in the ‘Post Truth’ Society

Reclaiming ‘Truth’ from ‘Lies’ and ‘Bullshit’ in the ‘Post Truth’ Society

Truth as Interpretation There can be different versions of truth from what has been already accepted as truth. In 1951, renowned Japanese moviemaker Akira Kurosawa made one of the greatest movies in history, titled Rashomon. No other movie must have better investigated the philosophy of truth and justice than this movie. Rashomon establishes that it is possible for us to[Read More…]

by January 22, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Combining Constructive Work With Struggles—An Important Lesson of Freedom Movement

Combining Constructive Work With Struggles—An Important Lesson of Freedom Movement

One of the most inspiring aspects of the freedom movement in India was the combination of struggle and constructive work. While several great freedom fighters contributed to this idea, the most important contribution to this concept was made by Mahatma Gandhi. This has attracted worldwide attention and rightly so. Gandhiji understood very well that the freedom movement involves long-term commitment,[Read More…]

by January 21, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Remembering Comrade Saketh Rajan

Remembering Comrade Saketh Rajan

6th February 2021 marks the 16th anniversary of Comrade Saketh Rajan’s Martyrdom. The name Saketh Rajan needs no introduction in the revolutionary communist circles of India. It is important to remember Comrade Saketh Rajan and the path he took in order to liberate the people of this country from the clutches of Imperialism, Comprador Big Bourgeoisie and Big Landlords. Comrade[Read More…]

by January 20, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Life after 2020: Need for a new vision on health

Life after 2020: Need for a new vision on health

A futuristic vision was very much evident in India at different points of time starting with the Bhore committee report.  At the international context, a futuristic orientation in health and wellbeing was discernible from an official and institutional framework related to proclamation of goals, firstly the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), followed by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Around the same[Read More…]

by January 20, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Politics of the Plate: An account of Adivasi Culinary Aesthetic in Rural Southwest Bengal

Politics of the Plate: An account of Adivasi Culinary Aesthetic in Rural Southwest Bengal

My encounter with tribal cuisine has been rather fresh. Till very recently, not only was I unaware of the enviable variety of the tribal palate, its nutritional value and ecological ethos too were beyond my comprehension. It should be made clear in the offing that my tryst with tribal gastronomy is limited to my area of field study in Southwest[Read More…]

by January 19, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Bid you adieu ‘Sultan’: Remembering Sunil Kumar

Bid you adieu ‘Sultan’: Remembering Sunil Kumar

It was in 2007 that I first came across the name of Sunil Kumar while reading an undergraduate course on medieval India at Delhi University. His newly published book on The Emergence of the Delhi Sultanate, 1192-1286 (Permanent Black, 2007) had already become talk of the town by that time. In fact, he was among very few active scholars working[Read More…]

by January 18, 2021 Life/Philosophy
In conversation with Devaki Jain

In conversation with Devaki Jain

‘Follow your dreams and don’t be frightened of orthodoxy’ A woman who at eighty-eight brought out her autobiography based on the urgings of among others, Alice Walker, author of  the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Colour Purple , and  Doris Lessing, the Nobel Laureate — only much later. Like Lessing’s The Golden Notebook, her biography is called The Brass Notebook. Does it talk anti-war or feminism or[Read More…]

by January 18, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Mahatma Gandhi Meets Shahid Bhagat Singh in Heaven 

Mahatma Gandhi Meets Shahid Bhagat Singh in Heaven 

This is one of a series of heaven-based stories, written as  fantasy yet very relevant to our times. The first part of the series appeared in  Countercurrents.org dated December 11, 2020 under the title ‘ Mahatma Gandhi Returns to Earth’. Gandhi had managed to get the clearance from heaven authorities for his one-day visit to Earth ,but after returning from[Read More…]

by January 16, 2021 Life/Philosophy
This undated file image was provided by attorneys for Lisa Montgomery – AP She was the first and only woman to be put to death by the federal government since 1953.

Death by lethal injection: An inhumane way to die

Capital punishment is the most premeditated of murders – Albert Camus What could be worse than death? The answer perhaps would be to know exactly when one is going to die. Locked up in a condemned cell, time crawls like a snail for someone who is on death row. Every waking hour of the day and night, the thought of[Read More…]

by January 15, 2021 Life/Philosophy
In Conversation with Prof K S Chalam

In Conversation with Prof K S Chalam

Dr. K.S.Chalam, Ex-In charge Chairman, U.P.S.C a Constitutional position (equivalent to Supreme Court Judge) during 2005-2011, is a well-known Political Economist, Educationist and a Scholar of Dravidian Studies. Prof K.S.Chalam is known throughout the country as the facilitator of Academic Staff College concept and was likewise recognised for his Studies on Higher Education, Political Economy of Development. At UPSC, he[Read More…]

by January 15, 2021 Life/Philosophy
We Need Multi-Disciplinary Approach For Better Understanding of Crucial Issues

We Need Multi-Disciplinary Approach For Better Understanding of Crucial Issues

The importance of a multi-disciplinary approach for understanding crucial issues is well-established both at academic and policy levels. Nevertheless we need to ask, despite the need for this being well-established, whether this is being neglected frequently in public discourse, and perhaps to a lesser extent, even at policy and academic levels? One reason for this unintentional neglect is that public[Read More…]

by January 15, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Protests as a marker of Social change

Protests as a marker of Social change

From time immemorial protests have been a very significant way to argue for one’s rights. In British India Mahatma Gandhi introduced the non-violent way of protesting publicly which is bhuk hartal or public gathering where people quietly protest by fasting and not drinking water. Shouting slogans is another way to show resistance and disagreement. Candle light vigil is also taken[Read More…]

by January 14, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Today India Needs Both Gandhi and Bhagat Singh, and the Unity of Their Followers More Than Ever Before

Today India Needs Both Gandhi and Bhagat Singh, and the Unity of Their Followers More Than Ever Before

In recent times India has been passing through the most difficult period of its post-independence history. The most sacred constitutional precept of social  (including inter-faith) equality and harmony is badly threatened, while economic inequality and the grip of a few top billionaires on economy have been increasing like never before. Destruction of environment and bio-diversity are rampant, and the safeguards[Read More…]

by January 14, 2021 Life/Philosophy
David Weiller: Meditating on the world’s rainforests

David Weiller: Meditating on the world’s rainforests

On January 1, 2021 Frenchman David Weiller found a unique way to greet people a happy new year – on his YouTube channel, he posted a six-and-a-half minute video of monarch butterflies fluttering by the thousands and landing on a tree. All the ambient sounds were captured too – the birds, crickets. There was no music on the video, no[Read More…]

by January 14, 2021 Life/Philosophy
 Shaheed Fazil Rahu: A frontrunner of deprived Sindhi peasants

 Shaheed Fazil Rahu: A frontrunner of deprived Sindhi peasants

When President General Ayub Khan started allotting the lands of Golarchi tehsil in Sindh province to the retired employees of Punjab province as governmental gifts, he revolted against such a bigoted act of the then government. Shaheed Fazil Rahu’s deep affection and sympathy for Sindhi peasants against the invincible forces of their times have made him an immortal vision that[Read More…]

by January 14, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Religion is not Rational

Religion is not Rational

 Religion is not rational, yet attempts are made all the time to prove it is.             One example is the Templeton Study. The Templeton Foundation arranged for Christians to pray for 1800 heart patients and tracked the results. It conducted a double-blind study to see if patients who were prayed for, did better. In actual fact, the group, which knew that it[Read More…]

by January 14, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Dr. DS Kotnis as seen by Chinese Artists

Dr. DS Kotnis as seen by Chinese Artists

 Following is a photo-essay on Dr. Kotnis about whom a detailed article by me was published on January9, 2021, and may be read as Part-2 or as a companion-piece. Great Chinese paintings depicting his life and work are published here for the readers of CC. They show how he is venerated by China to this day though he died in[Read More…]

by January 14, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Democracy is a Function of Capitalism

Democracy is a Function of Capitalism

An Overview of Systems of Government. H.L. Mencken said the typical American voter was a boob and the system was booboisie. In order to understand the submission “ Democracy is a Function of Capitalism” one has to delve deep into Social, economic, and political evolution of human race and subject it to critical analysis. Let us start with a few[Read More…]

by January 12, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Role of Editors in News Media

Role of Editors in News Media

Bhaskar Parichha, a senior journalist, explores the role of editors in swaying public opinion. In recent years the increasing influence of the media has changed the shape of Politics all over the globe. Consequently, it has raised provocative questions about journalism’s role in the political process. There are questions about media’s effect on the political system and the subsystems– the[Read More…]

by January 10, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Dr. Dwarkanath Shantaram Kotnis  (1910-1942)

Remembering Dr. Kotnis, an eminent surgeon, outstanding internationalist fighter against fascism, and an enduring symbol of India- China friendship

  As people entered the new year with hopes of peace, and relief from disease (covid-19), we recall an event of December 30, 1942. Given here is a copy of an elegy hung in a memorial meeting hall in China on that day. It was held to pay tributes to Dr. Kotnis who had died on 9th December 1942.The banner[Read More…]

by January 9, 2021 Life/Philosophy
The Debate Between Violence and Non-Violence in Social Movements

The Debate Between Violence and Non-Violence in Social Movements

In history there has been a long debate between violence and non-violence in the context of social movements. Some very great persons who brought very beneficial and durable change chose the path of non-violence and peace. Some very courageous and capable leaders and their followers, on the other hand, had no hesitation in using violent methods and they too achieved[Read More…]

by January 9, 2021 Life/Philosophy
How Social Movements Can Make Durable, Wider and Definite Contribution to Creating a Better World

How Social Movements Can Make Durable, Wider and Definite Contribution to Creating a Better World

Social movements have a very important role in society, a role that has to assume  even more significance if our deeply troubled world has to find a way out of the survival crisis in which it is entangled very badly at the moment. Of course we are  here talking of only sincere movements, and not of those movements which are[Read More…]

by January 9, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Periyar E. V. Ramasamy: The Exigency to Revive the Revolutionary Legacy of South Asia’s Socrates

Periyar E. V. Ramasamy: The Exigency to Revive the Revolutionary Legacy of South Asia’s Socrates

“If a larger country oppresses a smaller country, I’ll stand with the smaller country. If the smaller country has majoritarian religion that oppresses minority religions, I’ll stand with minority religions. If the minority religion has caste and one caste oppresses another caste, I’ll stand with the caste being oppressed. In the oppressed caste, if an employer oppresses his employee, I’ll[Read More…]

by January 8, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Fundamentalists -Their Thought Process, Attitude towards others specially Women-Role of Nationalism

Fundamentalists -Their Thought Process, Attitude towards others specially Women-Role of Nationalism

Religious revival and highly charged conflicts in a shrinking world make it difficult for people of competing faiths to live together. Fundamentalists of all creeds exhibit a striking commonality; an inability to think rationally. Menachem Begin bombed the King Edward Hotel in Jerusalem 1945, communal riots in Jabalpur, in India in 1961, religious riots in Beirut in 1983, Babri mosque[Read More…]

by January 5, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Grandmother, Religion And The Law

Grandmother, Religion And The Law

When my grandmother was in her late eighties, she was in a nursing home in which she had lived for around four years. When I was there to visit her, she asked me to kill her. She was serious in the request because her quality of life had significantly deteriorated and she knew that her state of being was going[Read More…]

by January 5, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Impact of Religion-Colonialism on Mental Health

Impact of Religion-Colonialism on Mental Health

 In the 17th century AD, a wave of depression struck Europe. It seemed to affect especially men of genius-John Bunyan, Thomas Gray, John Donne, and Samuel Johnson in England, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Charles Baudelaire in France, Leo Tolstoy in Russia, Max Weber in Germany and in America William James. One Dr George Cheyne lamented in 1733, “Frequency and wanton…self-murders…by this distemper” and[Read More…]

by January 4, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Sincere Spirituality For A Better World

Sincere Spirituality For A Better World

Spirituality has always been a very important part of human progress, but these days when we talk about spirituality we feel the need to prefix ‘sincere’, an indicator of how much hypocrisy has been practiced in the name of spirituality in recent times. Hence it is better to state  at the outset that here  we are discussing sincere spirituality only.[Read More…]

by January 3, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Eight Essentials of Human Progress, Always Crucial But Often Neglected

Eight Essentials of Human Progress, Always Crucial But Often Neglected

While there are so many factors which are important for true progress of humanity, some of these can be identified as the most crucial and essential. Firstly, there should be a widespread sincere belief in and commitment to equality and justice. There should be absolutely no room for  any discrimination, any deprivation or any denial based  on race, religion, color,[Read More…]

by January 3, 2021 Life/Philosophy
The Good

The Good

You always hear that ‘ Everyone has a little good in them’. Well, take Hitler. It is known that he really enjoyed little children and dogs. The truth is that they had to be German Shepherd dogs and the children couldn’t be Jewish. So much for that. The point is that yes, perhaps everyone does have a bit of good[Read More…]

by January 3, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Celebrate the revolutionary life of Savitri Mai Phule

Celebrate the revolutionary life of Savitri Mai Phule

Greetings to all on revolutionary Savitri Mai Phule Jayanti. Her life is a reminder to all of us to rededicate ourselves the cause of the people on the margin through radical changes particularly through education. That social taboos, gender prejudices are still prevalent even among those who are victims of the brahmanical hierarchical system. It is therefore essential for us[Read More…]

by January 3, 2021 Life/Philosophy
A revolutionary Sindhi peasant leader: Comrade Hyder Bux Jatoi 

A revolutionary Sindhi peasant leader: Comrade Hyder Bux Jatoi 

The British colonization didn’t only produce the feudal class but also provided them with immense political power in the subcontinent. In 1793, according to Permanent Resettlement Act the lands were declared as the personal property of feudal lords. The British authorities distributed lands among their obedient and loyal ones as gifts. In Sindh, whoever took their side rather than revolting[Read More…]

by January 3, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Education for a Better World Needs New Thinking, Not a Polishing of Old Systems

Education for a Better World Needs New Thinking, Not a Polishing of Old Systems

The disruption of education in Covid times has caused serious concern, and there are well-justified calls for  urgent corrective action. Along with this, however, there is compelling reason to give much more thought to where exactly business-as-usual education systems are taking us and to what extent, if at all, these are capable of contributing to the creation of a better, [Read More…]

by January 1, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Tribute To Jiddu Krishnamurti On His 125th Birth Anniversary 

Tribute To Jiddu Krishnamurti On His 125th Birth Anniversary 

The spiritual sage Jiddu Krishnamurti who wished to transform mankind at the very root-Tribute on 125th birth anniversary year  This year in May  we celebrated the 125th birthday of Jiddu Krishnamurti who was arguably the greatest spiritual philosopher of the last few centuries. No spiritual philosopher arguably was less dogmatic, penetrated or delved more deeply in the spiritual realm..To some[Read More…]

by December 31, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Lenin at 150

Lenin at 150

Hail Immortal Comrade Lenin and the inextinguishable flame of Leninism on 150th birth centenary year On April 22nd we rejoiced the birth centenary of the figure who shaped the fate of history of man in the 20th century more than anyone,Vladmir Lenin. Lenin defined a new epoch in the history of mankind through discovering Imperialism, and pioneering the 1st ever[Read More…]

by December 31, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Tribute Baba Bhuja Singh And Nidhan Singh Gudhani

Tribute Baba Bhuja Singh And Nidhan Singh Gudhani

Tribute to legendary  Comrades  Baba Bhuja Singh on 50th martyrdom anniversary year  and Nidhan Singh Gudhani Kalan on  birth centenary  year. Comrades who were crusaders  for liberation against proto-fascsim and Sikh fundamentalism On July 28th earlier this year, the Communist revolutionary world dipped its blood in memory of one of it’s greatest martyrs,Baba Bhuja Singh on his 50th martyrdom anniversary.[Read More…]

by December 30, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Reflections 2020

Reflections 2020

The year 2020 will go down in modern history as the one ravaged from a pandemic, and riddled with deep political, racial, economic and social divisions. Most notably, the COVID-19 pandemic has humbled the entire world, from the richest and most advanced nations to the poorest and least developed, exposing our vulnerabilities like never before. We were tested in unimaginable[Read More…]

by December 30, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Multipolarity and the Prospect for Socialism

Multipolarity and the Prospect for Socialism

With the onset of the American empire’s decline, China is fast emerging as a global actor capable of steering the world towards a multipolar arrangement. The country has repeatedly affirmed its conviction in the creation of a polycentric system of sovereign states which work together, while each respects the national politico-economic order of the other – encapsulated in the motto[Read More…]

by December 29, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Legendary Comrade Sunder Navalkar of Mumbai turns 100

Legendary Comrade Sunder Navalkar of Mumbai turns 100

A landmark of one of the most remarkable activists of our land who at even at 100 illuminates spark of Liberation Comrade Sunder Navalkar turning 100 on September 16th this year. was truly a landmark in the Indian Communist revolutionary Movement. It was symbolic of a spirit burning like an inextinguishable light, traversing the most turbulent of Oceans or steepest[Read More…]

by December 28, 2020 Life/Philosophy
What Time Is It in Lockdown?

What Time Is It in Lockdown?

Here where I dwell in the northern hemisphere, the winter solstice has just occurred. The darkest day of the year in a dark year. A few days ago was also the Grand Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn and the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, which is interesting to those who like the musical Hair and believe their fates lie in the[Read More…]

by December 26, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Sugathakumari: No Longer A Phone Call Away

Sugathakumari: No Longer A Phone Call Away

There are some human presences in life that you are unable to trace the beginning. It is like they have been with you always- like a tree whose silent, yet significant presence you notice with shock and remorse only when it is gone. For me, Sugathakumari teacher is one such presence in life. A small attempt I made to scan[Read More…]

by December 26, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Array of Rangoli Portrait Painting By Stalwart ‘Mrs. Bageshri Parikh’ – Her Tryst With Psychoanalysis

Array of Rangoli Portrait Painting By Stalwart ‘Mrs. Bageshri Parikh’ – Her Tryst With Psychoanalysis

Conglomeration of Portrait Paintings drawn by Mrs. Bageshri Parikh,- Row One-Rabindranath Tagore, Mona Lisa, Ramakrishna Paramhauns Row Two-Mother Teressa, Lokmanya Tilak, Mahatma Gandhi,Indira Gandhi, Pandit Jasraj, Row Three-Sushma Sawaraj, Atal Biharai Bajpeyi, Sunil Gavaskar, Abdul K. Azad, Amitabh Bachan Introduction:-Above displayed Images are not Photographs but Portrait Paintings drawn in Rangoli!  Rangoli & Kolams, an Art Forms which originated in[Read More…]

by December 26, 2020 Life/Philosophy
How Jesus Christ should be ressurrected today on his birthday?

How Jesus Christ should be ressurrected today on his birthday?

As a crusader of liberation of man and not a performer of miracles The real Jesus Christ and what is professed today by the Church or Christianity at large today is like Chalk and Cheese. Today we celebrate Christmas, but we forget to give the day true respect. The Christian community immortalizes Jesus Christ for performing miracles like turning wine[Read More…]

by December 25, 2020 Life/Philosophy
A mandate from Christmas 2020: Let love and justice meet

A mandate from Christmas 2020: Let love and justice meet

  On Christmas Day 2019, at a Christmas Eve Mass, parishioners were offered a powerful, yet challenging message on how we as everyday Christians must understand and observe Christmas.  The priest narrated how the image of the manger is not just that of a humble abode. It is an inclusive and ecumenical space because Jesus came for all the people[Read More…]

by December 25, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Ethical dilemma surrounding stray animals

Ethical dilemma surrounding stray animals

The genesis of the issue I was privy to the public outcry regarding the menace of stray dogs when I saw a flurry of newspaper articles published by a leading daily regarding how dog bites were becoming more frequent, especially during the lockdown and people were forced to live in terror. This event triggered a chain reaction from other dailies[Read More…]

by December 24, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Making Sense of the Present Moment of ‘Onlinisation’ of Teaching

Making Sense of the Present Moment of ‘Onlinisation’ of Teaching

Along with COVID 19 and its associated terminology, we are currently being educated in a new jargon regarding one of the oldest occupations, namely, teaching. We now are told of online learning, e-teaching, edtech, edutech, smartphones in the new role of teacher, and so on and so forth. India is a large country with a very young population, where almost[Read More…]

by December 24, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Need for Equality in Indian Education System

Need for Equality in Indian Education System

Education has always been considered as one of the most important weapons for improving the living standards of society and help the nation progress. Though it is seen as a great equalizer, inequality in education leads to the reinforcement of social and economic inequalities, thus, widening the gap and not progressing the society as a whole. As the Oxfam International report[Read More…]

by December 24, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Poet Sugathakumari: A beacon of eco-aesthetics and empathy

Poet Sugathakumari: A beacon of eco-aesthetics and empathy

  My life is not in vain, my friend, when I sing for you. My song is not in vain, my friend, when you hum along with it. Writing on ecopoetry two decades back, the English writer and scholar Andrew Jonathan Bate said: What are poets for? They are not exactly philosophers, though they often try to explain the world[Read More…]

by December 24, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The Cleaning Lady

The Cleaning Lady

She works hard for her money, as the song relates. She’s the cleaning lady, the one who gets on her knees and scrubs your toilet of all the things that none of us would ever wish to look at, let alone touch. She mops and dusts and vacuums your house for $60 to $90 bucks, then hurries off to her[Read More…]

by December 23, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Internationalization Of Humanity – Erase The Boundaries?

Internationalization Of Humanity – Erase The Boundaries?

 Goods and services have been globalized; maybe its time that human lives get globalized as well From fighting with wooden sticks to carrying guns in school, humans evolved. Centuries of technological advancement has made the world more connected and integrated than ever. As the age of IoT dawns upon us, humans can expect numerous unimaginable experiences moving forward. With the[Read More…]

by December 23, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Seetaramayya Kolachala, Father of Tribology (Chemotology), The Unsung Indian (Telugu) Scientist in Russia

Seetaramayya Kolachala, Father of Tribology (Chemotology), The Unsung Indian (Telugu) Scientist in Russia

  Scientist Seetaramayya Kolachala, Father of Tribology (Chemmotology)    (Born 1899 July 15 – Died 1977 September 29) India’s Ambassador Inder Gujral, later Prime minister, spoke at his funeral in Moscow 1977: “We are bidding goodbye to a great scientist, a great son of India and son of mankind.” Seetaramayya  was a scientist  who influenced  the  motor vehicles and machines[Read More…]

by December 22, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Sparking a Revolution for Edification

Sparking a Revolution for Edification

Education is the foremost tool that can be used to empower entire communities towards progress. Consider any issue that plagues a community, and education would be a key resolution mechanism. It is therefore of highest importance that right education is dispensed to all members of a community from an early age. This equips them with the necessary skills to take[Read More…]

by December 22, 2020 Life/Philosophy
                                                    Tanvir Mokammel / Photo courtesy: Tanvir Mokammel k.eye.films

A candid conversation with filmmaker Tanvir Mokammel of Bangladesh

My interview with the celebrated filmmaker centers on his recently released film “Rupsa Nodir Banke” (Quiet flows the River Rupsa). 2017 Ekushey Padak (the second highest civilian award given to a citizen of Bangladesh) winner Tanvir Mokammel needs no glowing introduction. He is a well-known filmmaker, director and published author of our time. He won Bangladesh National Film Awards a total ten[Read More…]

by December 22, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The Stove

The Stove

Two weeks before Christmas and the darn stove broke. She had the ham butt in the fridge and was really looking forward for her first big dinner in the new place. Having just, six months earlier, relocated to Florida from Flat Broke Mississippi, she wanted to at least spend the holiday somewhat contented. A nice, down home roasted ham with[Read More…]

by December 21, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Should a development-focused country not care about their beggars?

Should a development-focused country not care about their beggars?

What should be the priority of a development-focused country? Some would say to bring more FDI, some would argue to enable more businesses, and some would say to develop the rural infrastructure. But are we thinking from the grass-root level? India, being a developing country, is rapidly taking steps to reach to its next milestone of being a developed nation.[Read More…]

by December 19, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Bridge the digital divide: Enable kids to have access to education in the new normal

Bridge the digital divide: Enable kids to have access to education in the new normal

The pandemic and the extended lockdown in India has hit the poor disproportionately hard. They have a higher risk of infection, significant loss of income and livelihoods, and immense learning losses for their children as the schools were closed for 7+ months. During this period, government schools have been struggling with identifying new ways of working and trying to enable[Read More…]

by December 19, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Illusionary Diagnostic Techniques In Modern Medicine: A First Person Account

Illusionary Diagnostic Techniques In Modern Medicine: A First Person Account

I had hoped that I will exit this world without getting into the clutches of the medical profession. I also had a good reason to be hopeful. In my almost 57 years of life I had not spent a single day or night in a hospital as a patient. I often use to boast about it. Unlike my four siblings,[Read More…]

by December 17, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Most Important Aspects of Nutrition Are Also the Most Neglected

Most Important Aspects of Nutrition Are Also the Most Neglected

In India we have the biggest programs on nutrition and we have also have some of the highest rates of malnutrition. Despite the expanding nutrition programs (checked for the time being by Covid related factors ), malnutrition levels remain high, as revealed also in the latest surveys. This curious and sad phenomenon has been examined by several learned experts, but[Read More…]

by December 16, 2020 Life/Philosophy
 The Christmas Gift

 The Christmas Gift

Bleak was something he could easily relate to, especially now. He didn’t know which bothered him more, the bitter Detroit December cold, or his jobless situation. When he was going strong, along with the economy, being a massage therapist was great. He made really good bucks and the hours were fine. Working in the mornings and again at night gave[Read More…]

by December 16, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Tribute to Raj Kapoor on 96th birthday-Championed Socialist themes

Tribute to Raj Kapoor on 96th birthday-Championed Socialist themes

Raj Kapoor arguably is the most defining character in the history of Bollywood who took the Indian film industry to another spectrum. It was Raj who enabled the film world to reach the broad masses and identify with them. He donned the Charlie Chaplinesque form, classically transplanting or grafting it to Indian conditions. As a director and actor he revealed[Read More…]

by December 14, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The Coding Fad and the Coaching Industry

The Coding Fad and the Coaching Industry

We are all aware of the dire consequences of subjecting young kids to intense academic pressure from an early age. In India, we have coaching institutes like FIITJEE and Resonance offering programs for 6th standard kids to prepare them for “NTSE, IJSO, PRMO and other Olympiads”. The duration of these programs is around 175 hours – hours that could’ve been spent playing[Read More…]

by December 14, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand Is At Our Throats

Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand Is At Our Throats

The invisible hand As everyone knows, Adam Smith invented the theory that individual self-interest is, and ought to be, the main motivating force of human economic activity, and that this, in effect, serves the wider social interest. He put forward  a detailed description of this concept in an immense book, “The Wealth of Nations” (1776). Adam Smith (1723-1790) had been[Read More…]

by December 14, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Education is the Key to Building a Responsible and Empowered Nation

Education is the Key to Building a Responsible and Empowered Nation

Education is a very powerful transformative force, provided we first transform education itself. India has always been a patriarchal, feudalistic society, and even now, it is. There are certain societal and cultural norms, so deeply rooted in our culture, that a shift in mindset for the better is extremely slow, and sometimes, even close to impossible. Even today, in the[Read More…]

by December 14, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Coding or Crayoning for Small Kids?

Coding or Crayoning for Small Kids?

 “It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity” – Albert Einstein Coding is a short reference to the use of programming languages to provide lengthy sets of instructions for a computer to perform specific tasks. The continuous lines of text written behind the fancy looking websites and apps are what constitute as code for the application.[Read More…]

by December 14, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Kim Ki-Duk and the Legacy of ‘New Wave’ cinema

Kim Ki-Duk and the Legacy of ‘New Wave’ cinema

In less than a few weeks since the celebrated Argentine filmmaker Fernando Ezequiel Solanas—a legendary figure in Latin American cinema—died of coronavirus in Paris, another internationally admired filmmaker, Kim Ki-Duk, fell prey to the rage of the pandemic in Latvia. The South Korean ‘new wave’ fame Kim was reported to have arrived in the Baltic state a few weeks ago[Read More…]

by December 13, 2020 Arts/Literature, Life/Philosophy
Tribute to a valiant woman who fought for her Land rights

Tribute to a valiant woman who fought for her Land rights

Wish to thank you all for your condolence messages on the passing away of our maai : Mrs Ramrati Devi whose inspiring journey to protect her land is inspiring. It has been an honor to work with her and share some of the most interesting moments with her. She was my mother though not biological. My biological mother passed away[Read More…]

by December 12, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Name Me One Country Where Capitalism Works: A Thirty-Year Reckoning

Name Me One Country Where Capitalism Works: A Thirty-Year Reckoning

ORIENTATION When I first considered myself a socialist revolutionary in 1970, I was hounded by free marketers’ challenge: “name me one country where socialism works”. These market fundamentalists would then hold up the most strident expectations for socialism: Everyone is exactly equal with no classes. There is an abundance of goods which are conveniently circulated. Political rule is not dictatorial.[Read More…]

by December 12, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Community health work is work

Community health work is work

This year the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) day is different in a way that never before the UHC message was so loud and clear. From first case of coronavirus eleven months ago to nearly 70 million cases worldwide, the pandemic has made us realize how essential is health security for each one of us – and – unless we ensure[Read More…]

by December 12, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Annapurna Movement

Annapurna Movement

“Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” –Robert Frost It is always interesting to come across someone who has taken the path less travelled by, in my case this interesting experience comes from one of the founders of the Annapurna[Read More…]

by December 12, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The Revolutionary Potential of Hope and Utopia

The Revolutionary Potential of Hope and Utopia

We live in disconcerting times. The wealth of USA’s 643 billionaires has soared by 29% since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. On 13 August, 2020, the top twelve US billionaires had surpassed a combined wealth of $1 trillion. This year, the world’s 500 richest people have grown their fortunes by $871 billion, a 15% increase. All this while, the[Read More…]

by December 12, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Slow learners- neither an illness nor a disease! Then what it is?

Slow learners- neither an illness nor a disease! Then what it is?

A slow learner is one who is neither an average child nor mentally retarded, and they are somewhere in between the two. There are several terms used to address slow learners- dull normal, borderline, below-average, sub-average or partially mentally-subnormal. Often it is misunderstood that these children are ‘mentally weak’ or ‘dumb’. But, in reality, only the learning rate of these[Read More…]

by December 12, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Mahatma Gandhi Returns to Earth

Mahatma Gandhi Returns to Earth

Introduction–While this story is written more as a fantasy on what happens when Mahatma Gandhi decides to come back to earth, it is at the same time related to serious contemporary problems and issues. Among the many distinguished residents of heaven, Mahatma Gandhi was regarded as among the most peaceful and patient ones. Yet even he had of late shown[Read More…]

by December 11, 2020 Life/Philosophy
An Incautious Defense of Optimism

An Incautious Defense of Optimism

(Optimistically dedicated to Steven Pinker) In a world suffering from a global pandemic, it would be both easy and understandable to be morosely pessimistic. Yet, even here, midst frantic calls of doom, there are some good reasons for optimism. After a mere 10 months, the world has been able to produce at least three vaccines capable of effectively combating Covid-19.[Read More…]

by December 11, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Hindi Literature and Journalism Will Always Remember the Rich Contributions of Manglesh Dabral

Hindi Literature and Journalism Will Always Remember the Rich Contributions of Manglesh Dabral

A Poet and Editor Who Was the Voice of the Marginalized Poet and editor Manglesh Dabral passed away at the age of 72 at AIIMS Delhi due to  Covid related complications. In Hindi literature Manglesh Dabral is widely known as a poet of great sensitivity who gave voice to the main marginalized sections of society. He is also known for[Read More…]

by December 11, 2020 Life/Philosophy
No Right To Education In  The Pandemic?

No Right To Education In  The Pandemic?

“Education should be so revolutionized as to answer the wants of the poorest villager, instead of answering those of an imperial exploiter.” Mahatma Gandhi With Article 21A being introduced in the Constitution, elementary education became a fundamental right to all the children from the age of six to fourteen years. With the Right to Education Act 2009, it became the[Read More…]

by December 7, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Working For The ‘Man’

Working For The ‘Man’

Spanning some 60 years of employment, this writer has some conclusions. Of course, these are from my own personal experiences. Yet, having spoken with a myriad of working stiffs over the years, perhaps this analysis is valid. During those 60 years of work, I think only twice , for a mere two weeks and then 5 months, did I work[Read More…]

by December 5, 2020 Life/Philosophy
On Dr. Ambedkar’s 65th Death Anniversary on 6th December – Dr. Ambedkar’s thoughts and his Vision for India

On Dr. Ambedkar’s 65th Death Anniversary on 6th December – Dr. Ambedkar’s thoughts and his Vision for India

On 6th December, 1956 a great son of India Dr. B.R. Ambedkar breathed his last breath leaving behind billions of his followers in tears. His followers pay tributes to this visionary social scientist by Celebrating 6th December as Mahaparinirvan Day. In contemporary world, the thoughts and vision of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar are still alive in the minds and hearts of[Read More…]

by December 5, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Establishment journalists are piling on to smear Robert Fisk now he cannot answer back

Establishment journalists are piling on to smear Robert Fisk now he cannot answer back

Something remarkable even by the usually dismal standards of the stenographic media blue-tick brigade has been happening in the past few days. Leading journalists in the corporate media have suddenly felt the urgent need not only to criticise the late, much-respected foreign correspondent Robert Fisk, but to pile in against him, using the most outrageous smears imaginable. He is suddenly[Read More…]

by December 1, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The Twin Essence of Our Times

The Twin Essence of Our Times

The pestilence of COVID-19 has not only revealed the failures of capitalism but also exuberated over all institutions of capitalism. The culture of crisis and conflicts are organic to capitalism. Capitalist systems are antithetical to the idea of peace, prosperity and stability. The Coronavirus infused lockdown is a time to reflect on emanating crisis and conflicts across the world. Some[Read More…]

by December 1, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Democratic values, like Humpty Dumpty, could have a great fall: Former SC judge

Democratic values, like Humpty Dumpty, could have a great fall: Former SC judge

“Democratic values, like Humpty Dumpty, could have a great fall. And no one will be able to put them together again,” said Justice Madan Lokur, retired judge of the Supreme Court who currently serves on the Supreme Court of Fiji. Justice Lokur, who served in the SC from 2012-18, is the first Indian SC judge to serve another nation’s SC.[Read More…]

by November 30, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Lubna Sarwath – A Compassionate Fighter All The Way

Lubna Sarwath – A Compassionate Fighter All The Way

Co-Written by Sandeep Pandey, Venkatesh Narayanan and Kushagra Kumar Dr. Lubna Sarwath is a fighter. In a survey conducted by the leading South Indian daily Deccan Chronicle the residents of Hyderabad have highlighted conservation of environment as a priority issue on which they would like their Mayor to focus on and Lubna has dedicated her life to the cause of[Read More…]

by November 30, 2020 Life/Philosophy
 The Man in the Bathtub, December 1, 1940: History of a Young Italian Who Emigrated to America in the Early 1900s

 The Man in the Bathtub, December 1, 1940: History of a Young Italian Who Emigrated to America in the Early 1900s

He was born and raised in a little town just outside of Licata, Sicily. By the time he was 18, the young man was accepted into university in Tunisia, a far more scholastically advanced place than the Sicily of the early 1900s. Upon graduating, he decided to do what many young Italians chose to do, and he emigrated to the[Read More…]

by November 29, 2020 Life/Philosophy
200th Birthday  of Freidrich Engels

200th Birthday  of Freidrich Engels

Tribute to one of the greatest thinkers and characters in shaping the  last millennium Today the world celebrates the bicentenary or two hundredth birthday of Freidrich Engels, one of the most outstanding figures or thinkers of the millenium.Without doubt but for Engels Marxism would not have come of being or taken shape..Had it not been for Engels support Marx would[Read More…]

by November 28, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Maradona, people’s love 

Maradona, people’s love 

Maradona, Number 10, is our love. People stand with Maradona. People are in solidarity with Maradona. People mourn. Our Maradona stands with the oppressed, the exploited. Maradona was with that spirit called Rebellion. Rebellion is the spirit of the oppressed, of the exploited. Rebellion is the spirit against the oppressors, the exploiters, the imperialists, the empire. It’s the human spirit.[Read More…]

by November 27, 2020 Life/Philosophy
GNP and the Tribal’s Flute

GNP and the Tribal’s Flute

The senior official  rose from his seat to welcome the visiting consultant from New York. This consultant had just submitted a report on stepping up GNP growth. After exchanging a few pleasantries the official came to the point . –We sent the consultancy fee cheque of 30000 dollars promptly. Did you receive this ? –Yes, Yes, no problem about that,[Read More…]

by November 27, 2020 Life/Philosophy
A Barefoot Chronicler Of Endangered Crafts

A Barefoot Chronicler Of Endangered Crafts

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece — John Ruskin We’ve all heard of endangered species and forests —now imagine crafts are at risk of going extinct. A rising number of indigenous crafts are now in danger of becoming   endangered on account of their time-consuming nature and fewer craftspeople possessing these specialized skills. Times are changing and not[Read More…]

by November 27, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Salute to Comrade Diego Maradona

Salute to Comrade Diego Maradona

A portrait size painting of Diego Maradona was on display at certain ruins in war torn Syria where people were mourning the death of the legend. In the entire Latin American world, people are pouring their respect to Maradona who died in Buenos Aires, the Argentine Capital where his dead body is kept at the presidential palace as people continue[Read More…]

by November 27, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Affordability and prescribing patterns of generic medicines in India

Affordability and prescribing patterns of generic medicines in India

Co-Written by Dr. Swati Sapna & Upasna Gaba The World Health Organization (WHO) defines generic medicine as “a pharmaceutical product, usually intended to be interchangeable with an innovator product that is manufactured without a license from the innovator company and marketed after the expiry date of the patent or other exclusive rights.”(1) The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that[Read More…]

by November 26, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Invasion of the body snatchers: How political science and neoclassical economics zombifies the Yankee population

Invasion of the body snatchers: How political science and neoclassical economics zombifies the Yankee population

ORIENTATION Why do political science and neoclassical economics go in one ear and out the other? A human being who has a fully integrated social body understands that economics is about a social system of circulation of goods and services. In other words, provisioning for the population.  Politics is the collective process of evaluating and deciding a) where have we[Read More…]

by November 26, 2020 Life/Philosophy
On the fond memories of Tarun Gogoi

On the fond memories of Tarun Gogoi

                        I have never tried to write something solely based on my own feelings till now. Neither did I ever felt like writing one; nor am I a public figure with huge number of followers. But, last evening when I heard of the demise of Mr. Tarun Gogoi I[Read More…]

by November 24, 2020 Life/Philosophy
COVID-19: Impacting mental health of several vulnerable groups

COVID-19: Impacting mental health of several vulnerable groups

Co-Written by Disha Malik,  Shubhangi Kandwal & Upasna Gaba In December 2019, several cases of pneumonia were reported with unknown aetiology in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.  Since then the disease has spread in other parts of China and the world causing a global pandemic. (Hagert & Williams,2020). The sudden outbreak of COVID-19 led to an obligation to quarantine and increased[Read More…]

by November 24, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Feeling blue

Mental Health in India and Covid-19

Co-Written by Tehzeeb Anis & Mohammad Akram Mental health is one of the most important aspect in the life of an individual. It includes cognitive, behavioural and emotional well-being. Mental health is all about how an individual think, feel and behave. The World Health Organization (WHO) had also focus on the importance of mental health and given a comprehensive definition.[Read More…]

by November 24, 2020 Life/Philosophy
“Forcible Hindrances”: On the Structural Violence of Capitalism and how People respond to it

“Forcible Hindrances”: On the Structural Violence of Capitalism and how People respond to it

In his 1845 book “The Condition of the Working Class in England”, Friedrich Engels wrote: “When one individual inflicts bodily injury upon another, such injury that death results, we call the deed manslaughter; when the assailant knew in advance that the injury would be fatal, we call his deed murder. But when society places hundreds of proletarians in such a[Read More…]

by November 22, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Obituary: CreA Ramakrishnan and the art of defining the meaning of a Tamil word

Obituary: CreA Ramakrishnan and the art of defining the meaning of a Tamil word

The lifelong struggle of  ‘CreA’ Ramakrishnan, who passed away in Chennai mid-November, to create an authentic Tamil dictionary was a truly remarkable one. And just before he tragically died due to complications related to Covid-19, he did manage to do bring out the revised third edition of his landmark Tamil dictionary, working on it even while undergoing treatment. Ramakrishnan founded[Read More…]

by November 21, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Is education truly accessible:  RTE Act falling short of expectations?

Is education truly accessible:  RTE Act falling short of expectations?

Why does not the nation move? First educate the nation. Even for social reforms, the first duty is to educate the people. – Swami Vivekananda Education helps develop the human personality and sense of dignity while acting as a tool for effective participation in society by enabling the understanding of the key facets of its being. Education has an intrinsic[Read More…]

by November 20, 2020 Life/Philosophy
A Woman Who Dares Dream Big

A Woman Who Dares Dream Big

Aysha Baqir, an expat in Singapore, grew up in Pakistan. Her time in college sparked a passion for economic development. In 1998 she founded a pioneering not for profit economic development organization, Kaarvan Crafts Foundation, with a mission to alleviate poverty by providing business and marketing training to girls and women in low-income communities. Her novel Beyond the Fields was published in[Read More…]

by November 19, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Aruna and Bunker Roy.

Tilonia Days

India has always been a favorite destination for tourists. This country, with its ancient civilization, culture and heritage, is a paradise of diversity. This country is diverse in all aspects, such as ethnicity, religion, language, culture, climate, and lifestyles.  All the fragments of human civilization are hidden within the shell of India. In Rajasthan I have been fortunate to visit[Read More…]

by November 19, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Keeping Alive A Social Flame

Keeping Alive A Social Flame

Nagpur has been a traditional and fertile hub for voluntary organizations, reformist individuals and social workers. It has been home to a number of dedicated activists whose social chromosomes have inspired them to undertake humanitarian work for their fellow brethren of society at large. The result is a confluence of so many rivulets of social activism which have merged into[Read More…]

by November 18, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Binge-watching: Impacting mental and physical health

Binge-watching: Impacting mental and physical health

Co-Written by Dr Swati Sapna & Upasna Gaba The concept of watching television has transitioned significantly since the last decade. Traditional television scheduling made viewers stick to the timings of television programming, subjected them to commercials, and made them wait for their favourite shows or films for days or weeks (1). In this digital era, the methods and speed of[Read More…]

by November 18, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Disability is not limited to the body, it is also about mindsets

Disability is not limited to the body, it is also about mindsets

Very often it is our disabling attitudes that make life difficult for people with disabilities, rather than their own physical impairments. More than the disability itself, it is its psychological effects that take a bigger toll on the person, says wheelchair bound Tanzila Khan, a disability rights activist who founded GirlyThings.pk. Tanzila shared her anguish in lead up to the[Read More…]

by November 18, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Photo by John Vetterli

Never Give Up!—How A Small Glimmer of Hope Can Light Up Human Lives in the Darkest Situations

*Sushanti Marandi was born blind in a remote village of Dumka ( Jharkhand). To make things even more difficult, her father died when she was still a small child. Now her mother had to go on daily wage work to meet subsistence needs and the blind child grew up alone in a small lonesome house in the most difficult situation[Read More…]

by November 17, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Importance of Nehru and his modern ideas to India

Importance of Nehru and his modern ideas to India

On the 131st birth anniversary of India’s first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru people paid him rich tribute but a number of notorious IT cell members of the Rumour spreading society did their dirty work which they have been engaged in through their character assassination of Nehru. Obviously, the attempt to degrade Nehru has not succeeded and he has become[Read More…]

by November 15, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Sheena Jose: Gone Too Soon

Sheena Jose: Gone Too Soon

How can one let go of a person who has lived just five and a half decades? The only reason why Sheena’s family-her mother Gracy, her sister Neena, her niece Bhoomi and nephew Kannan, her brothers , her partner Santosh along with scores of friends across Kerala did so  was the intensity and cruelty of the terminal illness that devoured[Read More…]

by November 14, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Can museums help people with Cancer?

Can museums help people with Cancer?

Experiencing Cancer is one of the most disturbing and distressing feelings that leaves a significant impact on the human psyche with threats to psychological, physical and psychological aspects of human life. Many people across the world are fighting the deadly disease, which is affecting the people irrespective of their age, sex, or ethnicity. According to the National Institute of Cancer[Read More…]

by November 13, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Parenting: The puzzle explained

Parenting: The puzzle explained

  Greek philosopher Plato had once said that the upbringing of a child should start before his birth. Although he primarily focused on prenatal gymnastics, a specific component of it pointed towards parenting education. Children feel comfortable when parents exhibit confidence, which gives them a feeling of being in safe hands. Anxiety and insecurity brings discomfort in the relationship, which[Read More…]

by November 13, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Fighting Multi-Drug Resistant TB

Fighting Multi-Drug Resistant TB

“Difficulties in your life do not come to destroy you but to help you release the hidden potential and power”. This quote by the late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, a scientist and the 11th President of India, is the dictum for nurse Divya Sojan, who during the 11 years of her nursing career, has battled with tuberculosis (TB) thrice. Here[Read More…]

by November 12, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Barriers to Organ Donation in India

Barriers to Organ Donation in India

Co-Written by Dr. Swati Sapna & Upasna Gaba  Organ donation is when a person allows an organ of theirs to be removed, legally, either by consent while the donor is alive or after the death of the donor with the approval of the near relative (Tamuli et al., 2019). Transplantations are the next that follow organ donations that include kidney, heart,[Read More…]

by November 12, 2020 Life/Philosophy
National Education Day 2020: Revisiting Maulana Abul Kalam Azad’s Contributions to Education

National Education Day 2020: Revisiting Maulana Abul Kalam Azad’s Contributions to Education

Education is the most powerful weapon that can be used to make fruitful changes in our society. India is a democratic country bearing enriched legitimacy in educational traditions. The people of this country have always been blessed with the educational ideals and thoughts of its great sons like Chanakya, Swami Vivekananda, Rabindra Nath Tagore, Aurobindo Ghosh, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Maulana[Read More…]

by November 12, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Muslims And Mental Health: A Troika Of Injustice, Discrimination  And Violence

Muslims And Mental Health: A Troika Of Injustice, Discrimination  And Violence

Co-Written by Hasina Khan and Rishika Jain The atrocities faced by the Muslim community adversely affects their mental well-being  “It doesn’t matter if we have a stable job or not, if we’re economically independent; the fear of getting arrested purely due to our religion never stops.” Khadijha from Mushidabad “My past experiences with a mental health practitioner were unproductive and[Read More…]

by November 11, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Tribute to Jayesh Solanki, face of Una protests

Tribute to Jayesh Solanki, face of Una protests

In the afternoon of October 28, poet, theatre artist and Dalit rights champion Jayesh Solanki died by suicide at his home in Bhuvaldi, about 50 km from Gujarat capital Ahmedabad. During the Asmita Yatra after the flogging of the four youth at Una in 2016, Jayesh had emerged as a charismatic leader of Dalits on protest in Gujarat, vowing to[Read More…]

by November 11, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Rekha Kulkarni: A Banker To The Poor

Rekha Kulkarni: A Banker To The Poor

Finance is one field where we have witnessed significant innovations in recent decades, and this has transformed our society in many ways. Earlier, we could hardly visualise social change in rural India as it was mired in caste conflicts and was impervious to the winds of change. Before the 1980s, outsiders rarely visited villages. Those who did were the occasional[Read More…]

by November 10, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Can the world be changed?

Can the world be changed?

Can the world be changed in any fundamental way or not? Will the methods one uses to change it end up doing more harm than good? Should one mind one’s own business or make the problems of the world one’s own too? These were some of the questions at the core of a debate I had over four decades ago[Read More…]

by November 10, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Beyond Scary wars: Humankind has something to cherish

Beyond Scary wars: Humankind has something to cherish

In the vastness and unending dimensions of the gigantic universe, consisting of zillions of galaxies interspersed with myriad number of interstitial bodies like stars, asteroids, and some devastating blackholes accompanied by abyssal silence, we are bestowed with a unique planet called Earth and more precisely “the Mother Earth” comparatively minuscule in size and remotely positioned. What is more intriguing and[Read More…]

by November 10, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Placing myself in the “academic loophole”?

Placing myself in the “academic loophole”?

After certain number of years of academic jargoning, learning and unlearning existing pedagogies, meandering through honky-dory lanes of rigorous materials prescribed in concerned “syllabi”, gnawing about a future of being in “academics”, I try to make sense of the exact amount of satisfaction I have felt till this point of my life’s journey. Entering “academia” was more of a part[Read More…]

by November 10, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Ideology Behind Character Assassination

Ideology Behind Character Assassination

What is character? Character indicates totality of feature of an individual’s personality, courage, commitment and outlooks from righteousness to humility. The material or physical representations or moral frameworks are not character. Class, gender, race, sexual orientations, religious practice and moral values do not represent character. Character is a commitment to one’s own self, to one’s own family, friends, society, state[Read More…]

by November 7, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Salute the Great Contribution of legendary Jan Myrdal  

Salute the Great Contribution of legendary Jan Myrdal  

Without doubt Jan Myrdal was one of the great revolutionary intellectuals of our time and his writings and works will make a permanent stamp on the democratic and Communist movement worldwide. Myrdal was a master at interacting and relating with the common people, thus giving a very accurate reflection. His style of writing was lucid Above all it could make[Read More…]

by November 6, 2020 Life/Philosophy
‘Blowing out someone’s candle does not make your’s shine better’

‘Blowing out someone’s candle does not make your’s shine better’

“Don’t hurt anyone’s feelings, always respect girls, be nice to everyone, treat others with respect, behave with others as if they are your brothers and sisters!” These were the things which our parents and teachers told us, when we first started going to school. Now we tell these things to our younger siblings, to  treat everyone with good behavior. But[Read More…]

by November 5, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The link between tobacco and cancer

The link between tobacco and cancer

One in four cancer patient is a tobacco consumer in India. And if you honestly say that you have not seen any smoker suffer from cancer, as is likely, you may still be right because you have seen the other three. You may even agree with Mr. Shyam Charan Gupta, a beedi baron, one of the BJP MPs, and the[Read More…]

by November 5, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Ahmed Ben Bella: Revolutionary Internationalist  

Ahmed Ben Bella: Revolutionary Internationalist  

Image via Wikipedia (Rome) Decades ago I, a young reporter, interviewed the legendary Ahmed Ben Bella (1916-2012), the man who ignited the Algerian War of Liberation against French colonial rule in 1954 and was chairman and animator of the FLN (Front de Liberation Nationale). In the interview Ben Bella repeatedly described himself as a revolutionary, not a theoretician, a man[Read More…]

by November 3, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Friedrich Engels’ 200th birthday, visit the Wuppertal

Friedrich Engels’ 200th birthday, visit the Wuppertal

A ghost goes through Europe: The ghost of communism This year it is 200 years since Friedrich Engels was born in the German town of Wuppertal in the Rhine district.  I have visited the Wuppertal on that occasion and here are a few political reflections. Engels is one of the most significant personalities of the 19th Century, who has influenced[Read More…]

by November 2, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Gandhi – an enduring universal vision – and those spectacles

Gandhi – an enduring universal vision – and those spectacles

He’s regarded as ‘The Father of the Nation’ and the man who brought down the mightiest global empire without firing a single bullet, yet Gandhi’s ideals and vision go beyond India’s borders and the last century to offer us inspiration and hope. Keith Lyons applauds the Mahatma from New Zealand. I’ve seen Gandhi everywhere. Not just on my recent trips to India,[Read More…]

by October 31, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Ginnu Never Returned from Bidar, Karnataka: Nov 1984’s Violence Spirals

Ginnu Never Returned from Bidar, Karnataka: Nov 1984’s Violence Spirals

36 years after the anti-Sikh pogroms, murders– immediate and subsequent– remain unsolved, unacknowledged, unreported. This November marks 36 years since the anti-Sikh pogroms in India. Hearing the voices of survivors debunks the propaganda that this violence was spontaneous; or that it was instigated, condoned, and beneficial to only one political party; or that the violence was contained swiftly—survivor stories exemplify[Read More…]

by October 31, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Comrade Juno’s struggle

Comrade Juno’s struggle

Comrade Haider Anwar Khan Juno’s life is full of struggles. Now, he lives in his work and memories of his comrades and friends. Haider Anwar Khan Juno (b. December 29, 1944) breathed to his last on October 29, 2020 in a Dhaka hospital. He was 76. Comrade Juno was suffering from pneumonia and following complications. He left behind wife, daughter,[Read More…]

by October 29, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The Battle for the Soul of Islam

The Battle for the Soul of Islam

Jordanian ruler Abdullah I bin Al-Hussein gloated in 1924 when Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the visionary who carved modern Turkey out of the ruins of the Ottoman empire, abolished the Caliphate. “The Turks have committed suicide. They had in the Caliphate one of the greatest political forces, and have thrown it away… I feel like sending a telegram thanking Mustapha Kemal.[Read More…]

by October 29, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Caste In Heaven: Can Shudras And Dalits Find Moksha In Brahminism?

Caste In Heaven: Can Shudras And Dalits Find Moksha In Brahminism?

I kept watching the funerals of people killed by the brutal coronavirus in the global pandemic of Covid-19 on TV channels and read about them in newspapers. Those dead bodies who are described as Hindu are being quickly burnt without anybody around. The usual presence of the Brahmin priest to recite slokas are nowhere to be seen. Only the rich[Read More…]

by October 28, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Make Mankind Great Again!

Make Mankind Great Again!

“It has often been said that the only thing that could unite mankind was a threat from space.” I read this in Arthur C Clarke’s novel, 2061, Odyssey Three. The threat in Clarke’s science fiction was a second star — which mankind renamed Lucifer but was actually Jupiter set ablaze by superior space engineering by an intelligent species far more[Read More…]

by October 28, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Dictatorship And Democracy As Loaded Language: Anti-Communist Cold-War Propaganda

Dictatorship And Democracy As Loaded Language: Anti-Communist Cold-War Propaganda

ORIENTATION In my last article I showed how the word “totalitarian” was used as a loaded vice word to attack the Soviet Union after World War II and to red-bait communists around the world. The use of the word totalitarian began in the 1930s, but even before then in the 1920’s, the word “dictator” began to surface in order to[Read More…]

by October 28, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Feeling blue

Ensuring Mental Health For All

Among the many challenges India faces, the most underappreciated is the ongoing mental health crisis. Mental illness is actually India’s ticking bomb. An estimated 56 million Indians suffer from depression, and 38 million from anxiety disorders. For those who suffer from mental illness, life can seem like a terrible prison from which there is no hope of escape; they are[Read More…]

by October 27, 2020 Life/Philosophy
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I am a human being and I have a story !

Suresh (Name changed) from West Bengal working as cleaner in a Hotel in Srinagar told me an ordeal of his life. “Cleaning is my job as I have opted for it and neither I regret doing it nor I feel disenchanted, but what hurts me when these so called elite knuckleheads (referring to room occupants)  humiliate me on one pretext[Read More…]

by October 25, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Limits of Puritanism

Limits of Puritanism

The principles and ideological commitments in politics, culture, religion and social practices breed culture of puritanism both in its progressive and regressive forms. The transformation of society to lead an exemplary life is the core in the politics of puritanism as a movement of divinity. Both right wing reactionaries and left-wing radicals use puritanism like applied theology to the concerns[Read More…]

by October 25, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Health literacy for promotion of self- management to tackle Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) during a pandemic

Health literacy for promotion of self- management to tackle Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) during a pandemic

Co-Written by Parul Malik, Arathi P Rao, Urvashi Priyadarshini & Sudhamshi Beeram The WHO Health Promotion Glossary describes health literacy (HL) as the empowerment of the individuals to gain and apply health related knowledge effectively. It involves more than just ‘acquiring’ information about diseases and health conditions. It is influenced by socioeconomic, environmental, and demographic factors, as well as by[Read More…]

by October 24, 2020 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

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