Monthly Archives: November 2011

Tagore and Gandhi

If is often said that Tagore was anti-Gandhi and non-patriotic. Who hasn’t received spam mails on the Jana Gana Mana controversy? Well, if Tagore was non-patriotic, he would have never returned his knighthood. Let’s understand how and where, Tagore differed from Gandhi. Continue reading

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Looking for blood?

Disha, a project by Sankalp, runs a Centralized Blood Stock Information and Management System. It offers a single helpline for all blood requests. Any person searching for blood needs to dial just a single number to find out the closest place where safe blood is available. Continue reading

Indians that are too ‘cool’ for school

Hope of having a free and liberal society has turned into cynicism, while a cool generation (of mean, selfish, bitchy, reckless, vulgar, obnoxious and profane dudes and divas) awakens! Read my latest article on the NRI.

Every night has its day

The Ministry for Communications and IT has recently released the draft copy of the National Telecommunication Policy 2011. This policy will ensure that there is a separate spectrum Act on spectrum sharing, pooling, even trading. These policies will eventually shape the Telecom landscape of the country for years to come. Continue reading

Capitalism, communism and India

In the last century two ideological schools dominated the intellectual landscape and served as a framework for social and economic organizations- one was communism and the other one was capitalism. While the first aimed at equality through a classless society, the other promised freedom, free market and free trade. By the end of 20th century, communism had failed politically. Now is the era, when the world is witnessing capitalism going terribly wrong. Under such conditions, I wonder if communism the only alternative to capitalism? Continue reading

Democracy, liberty, culture, literature

The oldest available copy of Chanakya’s Arthashastra, written in 4th century BC, preserved at Mysore’s Oriental Research Institute (ORI) is peeling off. This manuscript is 450 years old. There is not even a proper locker to keep it safe. Predating Machiavelli by about 1,800 years, well, Chanakya is the righteous father of political science, and this is the state of his work? About 60,000 other manuscripts at ORI have escaped two fires at the institute. The chambers are not fireproofed yet. Continue reading

Meaning of Kolaveri Di

Kolaveri means hatred, a rage to kill. This is a simple and funny heartbreak song. A song that sounds stupid at first, and then slowly, grows. The makers of the Tamil film ‘3’ have hit the right chord. They have tapped the Internet. The nature of social networks and the propensity to share things that people find interesting gives the song a wider audience.

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