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Stereotypes & Indian Polit(y)ics!

He is a Politician! The young lady on the panel is an Activist! We also have one of the best Intellectuals to weigh in on the topic. No, we cannot allow Lobbyists on our Advisory board! We have invited a group of Professionals to debate on the progress of urbanisation. We normally use Stereotypes when … Continue reading

Are we a Democracy?

  Democracy is literally, ‘rule by the people’, derived from the Greek dēmokratiā, which was coined from dēmos (people) and kratos (rule). Well, are we ruled by the People of this country? The Business Standard reported on 29th May 2019, “the average assets of an MP are now 345.8 times that of an annual income … Continue reading

Who is my father?…asks Economic Growth!

  Economic Growth is the illegitimate child of Capitalism! Of course, one cannot blame the capitalists. It is the mischievous Market that seduces the lascivious capitalist to get maximum footfalls. It is the market that allures and commands the residence time of capital in its heaving bosom. Over the last two decades, we are reminded … Continue reading

23rd May 2019: India turns the corner…

The 23rd of May 2019 was indeed a surprise for most Indians. History may well remember this date as the turning point for India as a nation state and a society. While over 600 million had walked the last metre in the sweltering summer to vote in the 17th Lok Sabha (the Lower House of … Continue reading

Psephology & the Indian Voter’s Hierarchy of Needs

As the largest and one of the youngest democracies of the world trundles into another general election in its tryst with the future, the rest of the world appears to be quite a bland place with examples of similar challenges already botched up in dispersed patches around the globe. The rise of the Right, fundamentalism, … Continue reading

Citizen’ship

   Are we doing what as Citizens we CAN do? Are we choosing the right MLA, MP? Are we driving correctly? Are we making efforts not to bribe or not to be in a position where we may think we need to bribe? Are we practicing secular thinking as educated individuals in our own lives? … Continue reading

Civilisation: Is India different?

For sure, India is different! Anyone who has spent some time in India has found it difficult to box the Indians into any of the acknowledged stereotypes. Indians are just Indians, not Asians, Arabians, Americans, Europeans or Latinos. Philosophical Causality For the less travelled and innocent foreigner, the difference is immediately noticed in the diversity … Continue reading

Civil India?

In 1947, a dudish leadership epitomised by Nehru gleefully took over the reigns of independent India. They wore their soft intellectual hearts on their sleeves, a hangover from the freedom struggle led by those like Gandhi who shed his sartorial tastes in empathy with the millions of peasants toiling every day for the landed feudal … Continue reading

Necessity is NOT the mother of invention!

Remarkable achievements, transformational change and leaving a powerful impact on others’ minds are topics that always engrossed me. In the early part of my life, I did not have the semantics of today neither did I do things out of reflective choice. Like most, I also did things steered by habits of thinking and action … Continue reading

La Musica Cubana – Who pays the price?

It seems like the Salsa, the Rhumba, the Son or the Tango all have conspired to form the invigorating music that is soaked in by anyone visiting Havana. The price tag in CUC (the Cuban Convertible Peso) as an equivalent for the US$ is happily traded in by all visitors and shelled out at any … Continue reading