Monthly Archives: June 2010

Bhopal gets justice, or does it?

Dec 2, 1984, the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal leaked poisonous methyl isocyanate gas and killed 15,274 helpless men, women and children. Lakhs more were permanently maimed. Bhopal was, and remains, the world’s worst chemical industry disaster ever witnessed by mankind. Continue reading

Water water everywhere and not a drop to drink!

Why are we scared of drinking water? Everytime, when we travel, why are we afraid to drink water from railway station filters? Why do we so often come across shouts of “Don’t drink that water!” ringing in our ears? And we take the advice seriously- we pledge our loyalty to bottled water, we distrust the ability of water filters to tame the toughest bacteria, and the money we spend on water during an average day of travel, is more than the daily wages of half of our countrymen! Continue reading

‘Raghav Radio’

The ride to success of an illiterate youth from Bihar, who launched a radio station and promoted social messages on polio, AIDS and other issues but was arrested for illegally running it, has found place in school textbooks! The story of Raghav and his ‘Raghav Radio’ has been published by the NCERT in its book ‘Bharat Mein Samajik Parivartan Evam Vikas’ (Social change and development in India) for Class 12! Continue reading

Goopy will sing no more!

With the sad demise of Tapen Chatterjee, an era in Bengali cinema has come to an end. Tapen was famous for playing the role of Goopy Gyne in Satyajit Ray’s Goopy-Bagha trilogy for children. The Goopy Bagha era had spelled magic on Bengali kids, more than what Harry Potter ever did to kids worldwide. Generation after generation, Bengali kids breathe and dance to the songs of Goopy and Bagha. While Tapen played Goopy the singer, Rabi Ghosh played Bagha, the drummer; and they set out in the magical-musical world of ghosts and kings. Continue reading

Ganga washed away by our sins

Why do Hindus put all their sins, filths, ashes and even the carcasses of his pets in the water of Ganga for getting easy salvation? Why was river Ganga given the divine power absolve sins of all humans? Well, the Gods must be crazy. Didn’t the Gods know, that man’s sin will increase exponentially and one day will come that Ganga will not be able to take it any more? Didn’t he foresee that one day Ganges and many other rivers will be washed away by human sin? Continue reading