Category: Politics

  • A call for radical Unforgiveness

    Source: Azaad, Amba. “Fire to the Grass.” The Massachusetts Review, Volume 65, Issue 1, 2024, massreview.org/sites/default/files/10_65.1Azaad.pdf. IN this essay Amba Azaad makes a strong and comprehensive case for radical unforgiveness. It’s a gorgeous gorgeous essay and everyone should read it, the following are some quotations that spoke to me. Resentment and bitterness are treated like…

  • Hierarchies

    There is a hierarchy of needs. A hierarchy might not imply one is more important than the other, but it often implies one is more urgent than the other.Roti, kapda, makaan, (survival) always gets more attention than freedom and equality. For a society to reach a place where a “higher” goal becomes important, the “lower”…

  • 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…

  • The Parable of dead bodies: Looking at the Food Security Bill

    The Parable of dead bodies: Looking at the Food Security Bill

    The Parable When the villagers of Utopia woke up that morning, they found that the current had washed up a dozen or so dead bodies on their river bank. The people quickly got to action, as was normal for Utopians. Frogmen helped by the fire department dragged the bodies ashore, the mayor decided they would…

  • Official Statement of the Medico Friends Circle on the Binayak Sen Judgement

    We, the Medico Friend Circle, a national organization of health professionals, express our outrage at the verdict of the Raipur district and sessions court, on 24th December 2010, declaring Dr Binayak Sen, General Secretary of the Chhattisgarh People’s Union for Civil Liberties and Vice-President of the National PUCL, guilty of sedition and treason, and sentencing…

  • Be very very afraid

    Mom has been calling me up everyday just to remind me that I should not go to work on 30th. Karnataka has declared a school holiday or a good 2 days “to keep the children safe”. My bank tells me that while it officially is working tomorrow, “we will have to look at the conditions”…

  • Satyameva Jayate- The Truth about truth in India

    “Satyameva Jayate” (satyam-eva jayate सत्यमेव जयते) (Sanskrit: “Truth Alone Triumphs”) is the national motto of India. It is inscribed in Devanagari script at the base of the national emblem. The origin of the motto is a well-known mantra 3.1.6 from the Mundaka Upanishad. Full mantra as follows. satyameva jayate nānṛtaṁ satyena panthā vitato devayānaḥ |…

  • From the Archives: The New East India Company

    Published on The Blog Of Dysfunction on September 18 2008 Indians of any background should have reason enough to celebrate their historical or cultural association with Nagarjuna’s penetrating philosophical arguments…Maitreya’s searching questions, Carvaka’s reasoned skeptisism, Aryabhattas astronomical and mathematical departures, Kalidasa’s dazzling poetry, Sudraka’s subversive drama, Abdul fazal’s astounding scholarship.. or Ravi Shankar’s and Ali…