The solution problem

gazaOver 800 deaths in Gaza and counting. Just to put it in perspective, in a land mass half the size of Bangalore, one child has been killed every hour in the past 3 days. Long after the end of colonial era, the Palestinians are one of the few national entities denied basic human rights and the right to establish an independent sovereign state in their homeland – which suffers 47 year-long Israeli occupation, where millions suffer brutal military oppression.  Continue reading

Cost of life

med-evil-2India is the world’s biggest provider of cheap and affordable medicines to the developing world. Of course, most developing countries don’t like that! This debate over global drug pricing is one of the most controversial issues between developed countries and the developing world. While poorer nations maintain they have a moral obligation to make cheaper, generic drugs available to their masses, global pharmaceutical companies claim that the profits they reap are essential to their research. Continue reading

Working ‘empowered’ women?

untitledI see a lot of glory associated with working women. We tend to take great pride when we have a women member working in our family and almost always equate it with women empowerment. Considering the state of other factors that add up to a society with empowered women, I guess an urban woman – who is unsafe on streets, has little freedom to chose her life partner, and has to pay huge dowry in order to get married – is anything but empowered! Don’t get me wrong. I am speaking strictly about the working urban middle class. Continue reading

Kaise insaan ho tum? Apna pet nahi bhar sakte?

thookThook, meaning spit, written by Sandeep Shikhar and Iravati Karnik, devised by the Indian Ensemble and directed by Abhishek Majumdar, is a play on food, trade and the prevalence of hunger in India. The play comprises of four short stories bound by a single theme, presented in documentary style. From the Bengal famine of 1943 to the aftermath of neo-liberal economic reforms, the play goes on to depict the one single theme of hunger and poverty in India from different perspectives. Continue reading

On AAP’s future

arvind_kejriwalNo matter how enthusiastically the media depicts it, AAP’s rise in Indian politics is not a new phenomena. However, protests translating to massive civil movements, in turn giving birth to newer parties, which then make way to the parliament in almost no time; is a clear indicator of the robustness of the Indian democracy. Even the ‘boastful’ US democracy is yet to witness something similar. Their civil movements, although transformed into political parties like the Tea Party or the Green Party – are yet to make significant electoral presence. Continue reading

Notes on Forrest Gump

Forrest-Gump

I had first watched Forrest Gump (Robert Zemeckis, 1994) as a teenager, and loved it back then. A recent re-watch has changed my opinion. For one thing, the film surpassed Pulp Fiction and Shawshank Redemption in Oscars. But since awards rarely define greatness, let’s skip that part. What really bothers me is the conservative undertone of the film. Continue reading

Yo baba so spiritual

babaYoga is a 27 billion dollar industry. To put it in perspective, it is as big as Tata steel’s assets; and larger than the assets of Infosys, Wipro and TCS put together. And these figures are for the yoga that goes around legally. A lot of what goes in the background never comes out unless someone gets murdered or raped; or skeletons fall out of their closets. Read the complete article in the NRI