Public life of writers and artists is meant to inspire others and expand human potential and possibilities. However, our politicians have pushed our most expressive and eloquent citizens to a position where they’re forced to discuss harmful things.
Who will hold the media to account when it starts to cave in to forces that do not have our best interests in mind? Our knowledge about it, our anger against it, and our demands for it are as good as non-existent. Join this movement to spread media literacy.
For my generation, Aam Aadmi Party’s five-year journey has been a microcosm of democracy itself – its beauty, possibilities, fears, vulnerabilities and failures – in real-time action.
I visited some of my past students at their new school. Here’s what unfolded.
As a lonely child, I used to spend my leisure at the balcony that looked down at the busy road. On the other side of that road, lived two young men. Their eyes taught me my first lesson in what being a man might mean.
It is one thing (and totally acceptable) to subscribe to a right-wing, conservative ideology. It is something different, however, to not recognise bad history when it is repeating right in front of us.
This page is a collection of all my memoirs from my two years as a Teach For India Fellow. Some of the articles have, over the years, got significant readership from prospective applicants who want to understand the Fellowship. Moving forward, I hope this page can serve as a one-stop catalogue of my experiences and stories.
Teaching in public schools often fails because of the assumption that the profession involves working just with students. In making this assumption, one forgets the fact that teaching is essentially leadership – and as a leader, you work with the entire ecosystem involving all stakeholders, never just the direct beneficiary.
My two years as a teacher at a municipal school taught me that leadership is based on two simple rules. One, as Teach For India puts it, “Be the producer of your own experiences, not a consumer of experiences others create for you.” The other, as I put it, “When unable to get over a challenge, find ways, not excuses.”
It was a January morning when I finally dared to take up God in my class of nine-year-olds. I do not believe in one myself, and now that I had just four months left with them, I felt expanding their critical thinking to faith was important. But the route was tricky.
A NASA spacecraft recently captured the planet Earth looking like a small white dot between the icy rings of Saturn. Inside this space of a few micrometres, there reside egos.
The liberal discourse will find it difficult to promote its progressive winds until it learns to work WITH the current realities, and not deny or ignore it condescendingly.
Not everyone has the desire or the eye to identify and be bothered if an image has been photoshopped to influence their thoughts. Reversing the rot requires us all to be aware of the trickery we are being made conduits for.
A wildlife sanctuary now surrounds their homes and fields. Will they stay in the village where they have stayed all their lives? Or will the animals that threaten their livelihood, force them to move out?
Discussing freedom of the press and censorship is not just the media’s business; it’s OUR business. And so is the objectivity of the media: a participative democracy is as much about demanding a free, unbiased media, as it is about seeking honest lawmakers and ministers.
Excerpts from my three-part series on ordinariness, its causes, symptoms, harms, and solutions.
Towards the fag end of my two-year Teach For India Fellowship, I wrote in detail about self-awareness as an important element of excellent education. Observing the real world now for a year and a half since I quit teaching, my understanding of what education must unconditionally achieve for our children has again and again led me back to the same answer: awareness of self and others.
For once, we must prioritise the principle of why free media must exist, much above the biases of the media (read, paid media) and the biases in our own minds (read, “presstitute”). We must understand why the media exists and how it would serve us best.
We are putting together an archive site of News That Matters Not, and we hope to put it out before our seventh anniversary on November 28. As we collate the best of our work, we need your inputs.
Q: Why did you decide to take a break from NTMN?
There are times in life you have to let go. It was a tough moment. For three years, I had given it everything. I hardly had a college life. It was all about NTMN. I had got burnt out with satire.
The government’s Dhanalakshmi scheme was meant to encourage families to delay marrying girls off, by offering Rs 100,000 as insurance if the girl child was not married by 18. However, more than two-thirds of those surveyed said they would use such an incentive to meet marriage costs.
Four of five Indians could afford the Internet if data costs fell by 66%, according to a Facebook-commissioned report on Internet access. But Indian telecom operators already run data services at a 11% loss, making cost-cutting difficult.
There definitely is a lot to criticize the reservation policy and the related politics, but moaning over the seat that couldn’t be yours is not one of those ways.
It takes a good amount of dedication to go head-over-heels for Game of Thrones and memorize the latest music track, or to sit and watch an entire IPL match out of sheer passion. But to be able to survive a life that doesn’t come even close to taking initiative to create and innovate is a failure of education.
After close to six years of being in some kind of a leadership role, I recently found myself in a position where I felt I was “one-among-many”. Here’s what I learned.
During that trip to Uttarakhand, I admired the patience of the locals… until that same placid pahadi patience, thanks to some elephants, nearly cost me my train back home.
Young graduate mothers gave birth to 899 girls per 1,000 boys, lower than the national average of 943, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of Census data.