VAGUE VENGEANCE & PAK CHURCH BLAST
Published 05-10-2013 11:40 GMT-0000
In the most murderous attack on what is left of the ever-terrorised Christian population in Pakistan, Islamic terrorists killed at least 85 worshippers at the All Saints Church in Peshawar on 22 September. Inspired suicide bombers were the weapon of choice to target the Christian congregation. The death count is still rising, as more people succumb to their injuries in the hospitals. Outright murder represents the sharpest edge of what Christian and other ‘constitutionally’ non-Muslim people endure in Pakistan. Their daily life in a nation-state that officially considers them unequal in various ways to official Muslims is not pretty. Usurpation of property, blasphemy charges, attacks and destruction of places of worship, rape and subsequent forced conversion (or the reverse order) of womenfolk form the visible tip of a much broader systemic antagonism.
SCHOOLS MUST TEACH GLOBAL LANGUAGE
Published 24-09-2013 12:49 GMT-0000
The government’s move to ask playschools to adopt mother tongues as their medium of instruction in the place of English is fraught with unforeseen consequences, none of them beneficial.
Published 28-08-2013 04:52 GMT-0000
It was a coincidence that on the day the rationalist, Narendra Dabholkar, was shot dead in Pune, the newspapers carried the report that all the local bodies in Niyamgiri, Odisha, had voted against the proposed mining for bauxite in the region by a multinational company.
SEEING THE WORLD THROUGH ROSE-TINTED GLASSES
Published 14-06-2013 11:05 GMT-0000
Published 18-04-2013 11:47 GMT-0000
No good deed goes unpunished, they say. I am going to manipulate the sentence, contextualising to the current scheme of things and state. ‘No good deed goes without a punishment.’ Most of you have done a good deed today, or will proceed to do so through the course of the day.
Published 13-04-2013 09:58 GMT-0000
I walked down Newbury Street on what felt like Boston’s first real day of spring. It had been a creaking old winter, whining on into April and greatly overstaying its already tenuous welcome. I didn't trust the sunshine, so I wore a warm fleecey jacket. By the time I was two blocks beyond the Public Gardens, I was sweating uncomfortably.
Massive imports of oil and natural gas have exacerbated India’s big trade deficit, which is a hurdle to the acceleration of economic growth. Light at the end of the tunnel comes from a technological breakthrough last week by JOGMEC (Japan Oil Gas and Metals National Corporation). It succeeded in extracting natural gas from sea-bed deposits of methane hydrate, popularly called “fire ice” because it is a white crystalline solid that burns. India has some of the biggest methane hydrate reserves in the world. It will reap a bonanza if technological progress allows gas to be extracted from hydrates economically and safely.
BEHOLD THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF COMMUNISM
Published 25-02-2013 11:50 GMT-0000
“Communism is indeed the beginning, and not the end, of human history” and furthermore, the process of revolutionalisation of capitalist (bourgeois) more of production would continue “till the whole existing mode of production is transformed.
ANSWER LIES IN OPENNESS, NOT SEGGREGATION
Published 15-01-2013 13:29 GMT-0000
One month on, public outrage at the gang rape and barbaric brutalisation of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student in Delhi, causing her death, refuses to die down. Among the factors driving it are the recent crassly insensitive and misogynist comments on it, and the deplorable deception practised by the Delhi government. It moved her against sound judgment to Singapore in collusion with a moneymaking corporate group with no experience of treating grave injuries with multiple organ failure and septicaemia, and stealthily flew home her dead body and had it secretly cremated.
THE YEAR WE LOVE TO FORGET
Published 07-01-2013 13:10 GMT-0000
It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. It was the age of wisdom. It was the age of foolishness. It was the epoch of belief. It was the epoch of incredulity. It was the season of light. It was the season of darkness. It was the spring of hope. It was the winter of despair. Did we have everything before us? Did we have nothing before us? Beginning of the year is always the time for introspection. Taking stock of the past and making resolution for the future. Thereafter, we have the entire year to forget and repeat us all over again.
OUR LITERATURE IS REPLETE WITH ‘RAVISHED MAIDENS’
Published 05-01-2013 17:03 GMT-0000
In a well-known story from Greek mythology, Callisto, a nymph of the warrior goddess Artemis (also known as Diana in Roman retellings), was raped by Zeus, the king of the Greco-Roman gods, while she rested in the forest, tired after a hunt. After the rape, Artemis exiles her, and Hera, Zeus’ jealous wife, turns Callisto into a bear. Wrenched from imminent motherhood, for a bear couldn’t raise a half-human, half-god child, Callisto is finally ‘rescued’ by Zeus out of pity and turned into the Great Bear constellation.