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‘The Death of Merit’: A Documentary

“Linesh Mohan Gawle, a second year PhD student from National Institute of Immunology (NII), New Delhi, committed suicide in his hostel room on 16 April 2011. He belonged to a Dalit family from Dindori Tehsil in Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh). Linesh’s suicide is just one more addition in … Continue reading

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Illuminating analysis of the Anna Hazare euphoria

The current euphoria needs to be seen for what it is – a massive move towards legitimizing a strategy of simple emotional blackmail – a (conveniently reversible) method of suicide bombing in slow motion. There is no use dissenting against a pious worthy on a fast, because any effort to dissent will be immediately read as a callous indifference to his/her ‘sacrifice’ by the moral-earnestness brigade. Nothing can be more dangerous for democracy. Unrestrained debate and a fealty to accountable processes are the only means by which a democratic culture can sustain itself. The force of violence, whether it is inflicted on others, or on the self, or held out as a performance, can only act coercively. And coercion can never nourish democracy. Continue reading

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Moving rightwards in the US?

Now that the Republicans have control of the house, have the Tea Party histrionics been, more or less, able to exploit the uncertain economic and political environment? A few days back I was listening to Slavoj Zizek talk  about the … Continue reading

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Playing with angles in the mountains

Can’t post a preview because it’s in flash. Check out Javeed Shah here.

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Let’s pretend it’s a democracy and better than its neighbours of course!

As much as I’m immune to the inhumanity of the Indian state, after reading this article I was shocked and mad beyond anything I remember for a long time. What is more insane is that the mainstream media is completely … Continue reading

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On Marijuana and “divergent thinking”

The long promised post

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Gender equity in Sweden

It’s amazing to see societies so “collectively intelligent”, read this article and be optimistic about how well societies can organize themselves to such levels…shows that the much maligned “collective intelligence” is not as doomed. Excerpt: “In this land of Viking … Continue reading

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C M Naim on Ahmedis and the popularity of conspiracy theories in Pakistan

In Pakistani Urdu press, Ahmadis are never described as a Muslim sect. If the writer wishes to be polite, he calls them Ahmadis, otherwise they are referred to as Qadianis, intended as a pejorative. Below I have put the latter … Continue reading

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Nadeem Paracha (aka NFP) predicts books of the future

Many many times have I told you about the brilliance of NFP, here’s a taste of his political/social satire where he’s predicting what books will hit our bookshelves in the future. Hilarious stuff. Some here The Muslim Master Race Lectures … Continue reading

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“…there’s not a whole lot of free will out there…”

Ok, so I have send this to you before, talked to you about this every time I met you, but who can ignore these haunting words… “In the endless sort of struggle that neurobiologists have — in terms of free … Continue reading

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