Month: January 2012

  • India & the sex selection conundrum

    Let us agree to go beyond billboard exhortations to ‘love the girl child.   There is nothing to disagree about the thesis of the article. The girl child is precious and vital for the well-being of our nation. The girl child is not doing very well in spite of all that we are doing for…

  • How to get your book banned in India: a step by step guide

    If you are an astute observer of the world like I, whatever your religious or ideological affiliation, one thing is obvious: getting your book banned is great for sales. Lets face it, book-writers are an impoverished lot. Few of them (us?) manage to get any royalties and fewer still can live off them. In the…

  • The Cathartist replies to Pervocracy on Consent culture

    Molly, the author of Pervocracy a fantastic blog about sex, BDSM, and feminism, featured Consent Culture recently. She talks about how consent is the standard/default behavior we need to work towards. The post is thought provoking. While we know that consent is a great way to equalize the sex equation, we still havent found ways on how…

  • Torture porn, brilliant children and radioactive silence: Links for the weekend

    Gayatri Jayaraman recounts her trip to a Teach For India classroom Journalism? These are kids who are not used to being told that their opinion matters, that what happens to them in life, in person, matters, that they have a point of view, or that others can want to know it, share it and consider…

  • Shrek Comments and I reply. On Religon/Secularism

    A reader “Shrek” posted a fantastic comment in response to my last post. It also brings up some things I should elaborate on, so I have quoted parts the comment and added my replies/explanations to it. In response to  “They know nothing about Muslims” It is seen (empirical observation- can’t vouch, don’t have data) that…

  • What if Tebow were Muslim: Indian Edition

    Tim Tebow is an American football player who made news because he knelt and prayed before a game. He was made fun of by night show hosts and other liberal media outlets tried to point out the Christianizing of sports. We have a very different set of values than the US. We believe in live…

  • Dont make me put it up on E bay – Sidin Vadakut has a wish list for the next government

    Great post by Sidin, his wish list has a glaring hole, though – no mention of healthcare or gender.  

  • Book Review- Transforming Capitalism by Arun Maira

    [dropcap style=”3″]T[/dropcap]he last decade has seen a rise in philanthropic businesses and big businesses investing in the society. The worldwide depression brought on by the wall street, stricter laws about environment, and the rise of laws about corporate social responsibility have contributed to this. There is also a growing awareness among businesses large and small…