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.
Military conflict comes in when diplomacy fails. In case of Siachen, the governments must ask themselves whether they have truly given it their all at the diplomatic level.
We as a nation have for long lacked values of citizenship, which shows up as lack of a collective sense of responsibility. Public order and public dignity is accepted only as public inconvenience. We have our individual values of all kinds based in our religion and family ethics, but a sense of citizenship isn’t one of them.
Shortly before the end of the Sri Lankan civil war in May 2009, Robert Templer of the International Crisis Group think tank had written: “The dream of an independent Tamil homeland in Sri Lanka resonates powerfully across the diaspora and will certainly live on even after the defeat of the LTTE as a conventional military […]
Once we acknowledge that climate change impacts humanity as a whole: not a country or a community, we understand that we all have a role to play in controlling it.
At the end of May 2015, I went on another long break from News That Matters Not. Pratul Bagri and Rakshit Ranjan, the new editorial heads, three months into the role, were doing pretty well. Here is the email (slightly edited) I wrote to them before going for the break.
Recently, the government issued a notice to ISPs to block 857 websites having pornographic content. In July 2015, CJI HL Dattu said that blocking such websites was against the right to personal liberty, if a person is accessing pornography “within the four walls of his room.” However, this was soon followed by the ban. Article […]
This article discusses the role of mass communication in our lives. The labour of creating painstakingly slow social impact through mass communication may be tough, but ignoring that labour would mean making the mistake of avoiding revolution altogether. It was nearly into our third year of existence, in 2011, when we first coined the phrase […]
My opinion varies, depending on what the primary purpose is.
If it’s a protest against cultural fascist groups such as RSS and “custodians” of Hindu culture, it’s not a very meaningful method to use that I find worthwhile. As a protest, its purpose seems to be just to provoke the anger of people who can’t be expected to behave any better, whatever you do. You can’t just go and intentionally irritate/provoke someone and then expect them to agree to your viewpoint.
Note: This is a piece written in 2014 about my understanding of polarization in social media debates when it was still a new phenomenon. My views and understanding has evolved over time. A more recent article, written in 2016, was published by Huffington Post India. As social media is being used to debate topics more and […]
My answer to: What is the five-week Teach For India Institute at Pune like? (To vote and comment on Quora, visit the link here.) I have tried a number of times to write something about the most fascinating experience of my life. I have always stopped short because I always felt words couldn’t do justice […]