Archive for January, 2013

Ashish Nandy’s condition is caused by the intimacy of the seminar hall, says VRINDA GOPINATH

Jan 30, 2013 1 Comment

Was it the intimate familiarity of a presidium that did Ashish Nandy in? At first, it was disbelief when news came that the 75-year-old social anthropologist had uttered the ridiculous statement that “most of the corrupt people are from the OBC, SC and ST communities…” Nandy was his usual overweening, forceful self when he loftily [...]

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Personality politics sneaks in two-party system to the peril of real federalism, says VRINDA GOPINATH

Jan 25, 2013 1 Comment

Now that every television anchor, political commentator, columnist, news reporter, newscaster, letter-writer, has scrutinized, studied, inspected, rehashed, judged, chewed, the acceptance speech of the newly-crowned Congress heir Rahul Gandhi’s ascension to  Congress Vice-president, let’s cut to the chase and see what are the takeaways. So far RG has been castigated for his hollowness, idleness, blankness; [...]

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…In that first exclusive interview; it was his OPRAH moment in 2013, says VRINDA GOPINATH

Jan 25, 2013 No Comments

AMETHI (UP) Rahul Gandhi may have just got himself a new job, the fifth-generation heir of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty is all set to become a parliamentarian from Amethi, and the excitement and anxiety of a new beginning is palpable. Campaigning is over, the day of reckoning has come. However, Rahul would like the world to [...]

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Urban Middle Class first needs to look at the way the other side lives to build a vigilant community, says noted democracy activist ARUNA ROY

Jan 15, 2013 1 Comment

ARUNA ROY has been in the forefront of a peoples’ movement that demands governance and accountability, and other issues of participatory democracy. The former IAS officer is a founder-member of the acclaimed Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS) or Organisation for the Empowerment of Workers and Peasants, which set off the campaign for Right to Information [...]

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It reduces physical assault & battery to just sex, to the peril of victim, writes VRINDA GOPINATH

Jan 07, 2013 No Comments

So, you think it’s finally time to junk terms like “eve-teasing” and “cat-calling” because not only are they biblical and archaic but they underscore the enormity of the crime — this quintessential Indian term makes sexual street harassment that includes molestation, groping, grabbing, flashing, verbal abuse, a little like romantic “teasing,” and, therefore, should be [...]

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