Monthly Archives: December 2012

The black dot

big black dotI am not sure if I am angry. Enraged. In pain. I was always aware of the problem which today is being fought. Over years, every-time a friend, a sister has walked out – I have witnessed the fear in her eyes. Why now? Why the death of one girl should matter? Why this black dot? I don’t know what this black dot symbolizes? It may symbolize rage, protest for many on facebook who have made this their profile pic. I am not sure. All I know is at this moment when I type this article, this black dot symbolizes my state of mind. Continue reading

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On pamphlet activism

propaganda_postersFor any idea to work, its dissemination is as important as the inception itself. Undoubtedly, the invention of printing press has accelerated the process of dissemination of ideas. May it be the revolutions or the new ideologies driven by the spirit of equality and freedom – posters, pamphlets and books have played critical roles. It was also the invention of printing press, which marked the beginning of the ongoing struggle for freedom of expression. Continue reading

Hockey India League

hockey_indiaHockey in India has a far richer legacy than cricket. We won the last of our eight Olympic gold medals at the Moscow in 1980. Over the years, the sport in India has fallen down to levels the greats wouldn’t have even imagined. We failed to qualify for the Beijing Games in 2008 and finished last this year in London. With Hockey India League (HIL), starting next month, all is not lost yet. Continue reading

Fighting thalassemia

Thal_Day_CareThalassemia is a disorder where a person’s body does not produce it’s own blood. In the west, people with thalassemia lead near normal lives. In our country, most of the children do not live to celebrate their 18th birthday! Thalassemia can be completely avoided with proper awareness in parents. A child suffering from it can lead normal life with proper care and blood transfusion on regular basis. Continue reading

Rules of the game

suspendedOlympics is the buzz word in India for the second time this year. In summers we produced our best results ever at the Olympics. Whereas by winter, our politicians and administrators have brought us to great shame. The suspension of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over government interference in its elections is not only a disgrace for the country, but also an indicator to a system where administrators are placed above athletes. Continue reading

Name matters

Aam_Aadmi_PartyThe name of a political party matters. They must not only capture the party’s ideology, but also have a strong emotional connect with people. While most political parties in India have kept this in mind, Kejiriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party has taken the most unconventional route. It will be interesting to see if the phrase – ‘aam aadmi’ will click as a party. Continue reading