Reflections, Uncategorized

Ragging means flogging

Education is occupying a significant position in India and the universities are finding it difficult to cope with the heavy rush of students aspiring for higher studies; but the country should be proud of this healthy trend. Some of the universities are of very high standards and their products are capable of competing with the …

Reflections

Economic slump, bailout and all that

Whenever the world suffers a severe setback on the economic front, some stop gap measures are initiated to lessen these effects. Bailout, infrastructure developments etc are some of the ready made short-term measures resorted to by the states.   Incidentally, such practices had been in vogue centuries ago, at least in India. The kings and …

Reflections

My Heroes: Jawaharlal Nehru and Sachin Tendulkar

I am sure I’ll be laughed at if I say my heroes are Sachin Tendulkar and Jawaharlal Nehru; why even my own conscious mind questions my strange taste, but I can’t help it. Whenever I think of Nehru what comes to my mind is his famous “long years ago, we made a tryst with destiny” …

General elections: India 2009

Adieu to truth and non-violence

What is happening in Mahatma Gandhi’s India? He was an embodiment of truth and non-violence. Thousands of his followers stood by these principles before and after independence. But things began to change and truth became the first causalty. Now it is the turn of non-violence to quit the scene. The politicians make provocative speeches and …

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English serves the purpose

 Though colonization was a symbol of exploitation of the weaker countries, and it was a long struggle for such countries to liberate themselves from slavery, we cannot ignore a few valuable legacies left behind by the colonial powers, especially by the British; the notable among them being the English language which became an international vehicle …

General elections: India 2009

Elections in India and the USA: Spotting the difference!

There may not be much in common between USA and India but there is one big thing in common which eclipses umpteen dissimilarities that separate the two. The big thing I have in mind is democracy and all the good things that go with it. Not long ago, in India too there were two party …

International issues

“Be like a winnow and not like a sieve”

Even if we are to go back in time by 4 or 5 centuries equipped with powers to witness how the people, in those days, were punished for minor offences, I don’t think we would witness anything similar to what a 17 year old girl in this Swat district in Pakistan underwent very recently.  She …

General elections: India 2009

Promises of freebies galore

With only a few days left for the general elections in India, the political parties, especially the smaller ones who have formed opportunistic alliances are vying with one another to attract the voters. While major parties are talking about various welfare measures, which promise long-term benefits for the people and the nation as a whole, …

Reflections

Talent knows no boundaries: A peek into the lives of Indian slum dwellers.

“Full many a gem of purest ray serene The dark unfathomed caves of ocean bear: Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, And waste its sweetness on the desert air.”   By Thomas Gray   There are ever so many awards ranging from Nobel Prize to Oscar to identify talents all over the …