Monthly Archives: November 2012

Yes your honour

We get to hear that our courts are overreaching; that enabling un-elected judges to thwart the wishes of the elected representatives is undemocratic. Well, aren’t we too late to complain? Even after 14 general elections, and all the publicity given to proceedings in parliament, ordinary voters remain dissatisfied. In countries with a written constitution, the reach of judicial power is almost unlimited, and hence the so-called judicial overreach is but a direct result of legislative and executive underreach. Continue reading

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The English debate

In the land of diverse and rich linguistic and literary traditions, it is shameful that so many middle and upper class children speak only English. It is even more shameful that so many rural, suburban and working class children do not have access to a decent education in English. With growing inter-caste marriages, and shifting of the colonial whip to the Americans, the need to learn English among Indians has only grown. Under these circumstances, preserving one’s culture is a big concern. Continue reading

Monsanto who?

Created in 1901, they once made synthetic products. Soon, they pioneered in producing toxic substances. They made Agent Orange – a defoliant used during the Vietnam war. They (along with Dow chemical – remember? Bhopal) were the biggest supplier to the US army. They made Aspartame – an artificial sweetener which was proved dangerous for health. They made RBST, an artificial growth hormone given to cows to make them produce more milk. The cows however, became infertile and often, died. Continue reading

Hence, the kolaveri

Yes. Indian films. The ones with those songs and dances in them. But have we ever asked ourselves, why are there so many songs in our films? It is because we Indians love songs? Well, there is no ethnic evidence that Indians are more fond of music than, say the Italians, or the Spanish. How is then singing and dancing an integral part of Indian cinema and not the cinema of other countries? Continue reading