Category Archives: Human Rights

A Chinese project bigger than Three Gorges!

The Chinese governement is planning a project called the South-North Water Diversion Project. It would divert at least six trillion gallons of water each year hundreds of miles from the Yangtze, to the north China plain. Its $62 billion price … Continue reading

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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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Walmart v. Women

Walmart faces a class action suit for paying lower wages to female emloyees. Yet another shocking malpractise from Walmart. This is an informative editorial in New York Times about the case. I also got to understand what class action suits … Continue reading

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Entrapped ?

Don’t know if you guys have been following these series of recent cases, where, apparently the FBI is arresting “homegrown terrorists” employing questionable “sting operations”. If you go through some of the links below you can see a pattern emerging … Continue reading

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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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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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Physics in Iran

Today I attended a talk by the renowned string theorist Dr. Farhad Ardalan on  “Physics in Iran”. He was recently in news for having his visa denied by the US consulate in Bern, Switzerland, which prevented him from attending the … Continue reading

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Saving the planet and limiting population

We never got down to talk on the topic of population at length. As a tribute to Earth Day observed yesterday, let me propose this topic! We all agree that too much population leading to overcrowding is bad. Too thin? … Continue reading

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Ramachandra Guha on Adivasis.

In Outlook This essay was first published in the Economic and Political Weekly (August 11, 2007) under the title, “Adivasis, Naxalites, And Indian Democracy” and is republished here with the author’s permission as it – unfortunately – remains as relevant … Continue reading

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