Category Archives: Culture

The battles remain the same – why Bhagat Singh matters today more than ever

History is a complicated subject. Predicting what happened in the past is as difficult as predicting the future. In the general populace, history is seen as stories of times we have never been to; times we know existed because of its legacies. Yet history, no matter how much we claim to have learned from it, almost always repeats itself. Bhagat Singh is probably one of the most loved and yet controversial figures in India’s history. Continue reading

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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

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

Code is law

lessigCode is law’ is the famous phrase by Lawrence Lessig, the founder of Creative Commons, and one of the leading activists behind the Copyleft Movement. In an era when liberty is increasingly being mistaken with freedom from government, it must be understood that people, even in the seemingly free and democratic Cyberspace, are not really free. Continue reading

On LGBT

LGBTWhat happened?

Well, the Supreme Court of India set aside a 2009 Delhi high court verdict that had effectively de-criminalized gay sex between consenting adults in private. The Supreme Court ruled that the lower court had overstepped its authority and the 1860 law was still valid.

Was it a good verdict? Continue reading

Remembering M.S.

MS-SubbulakshmiM.S. Subbulakshmi has inspired many generations, through her divine voice and her rare qualities of humility, compassion discipline and principles of conduct. Her quest for perfection and sincerity of effort were not reserved for the stage. Her own simple lifestyle and donation of most of her earnings to charity were the testament to the person she was. Continue reading

Lost without translation

indian_languagesIt is interesting how regional authors take great pride in their work getting translated into Russian, German and other European languages – which entails them to limited readership. The same authors hardly put any effort in more and better translations from one Indian language to another. Due to cultural similarities, there is certainly higher reader potential in regional languages. However, there hardly is any work getting translated from, say, Kannada into Gujarati, or from Marathi into Bangla. Continue reading