Day: January 10, 2019

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Democracy: The Instrument Of Humanity

Democracy: The Instrument Of Humanity Full text of Carnatic vocalist T.M. Krishna’s speech when he accepted the Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration for 2015–16. We are reproducing it because it has become even more relevant today than two years ago when he delivered it. I stand before you to accept an award for having…

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The Most Potent Weapon in the Hands of the Oppressor is the Mind of the Oppressed

The Most Potent Weapon in the Hands of the Oppressor is the Mind of the Oppressed [Bantu Stephen Biko (18 December 1946 – 12 September 1977) was a South African anti-apartheid activist, African nationalist and African socialist. He was at the forefront of a grassroots anti-apartheid campaign known as the Black Consciousness Movement during the…

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Posture Maketh the Man

Posture Maketh the Man No event did more to establish the fame and prestige of the Museum of Natural History than the Gobi Desert expeditions of the 1920s. The discoveries, including the first dinosaur egg, were exciting and abundant, and fit the sheer romance of Hollywood’s most heroic mold. It is still hard to find…

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Neo-Liberalism and the Diffusion of Development

Neo-Liberalism and the Diffusion of Development The level of economic activity under capitalism is subject to prolonged ebbs and flows. When the economy is on an upswing, this very fact acts as an elixir that emboldens capitalists, who begin to expect that the “good times” are going to continue; this makes them less worried about…

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The Narendra Modi Interview That Should Have Been

The Narendra Modi Interview That Should Have Been Indian democracy has unique ways to yank larger-than-life political leaders to the ground. Indira Gandhi was handed a comprehensive defeat after she unleashed the Emergency on the Indian public. Later, again, her son Rajiv—trapped in the Bofors scandal—brought the Congress tally to a mere 197 in 1989…

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Love-Letters Like No Other

Love-Letters Like No Other On January 3, 1831, 176 years ago Savitribai Phule, arguably India’s first woman teacher and forgotten liberator was born. With the first school for girls from different castes that she set up in Bhidewada (Pune), Krantijyoti Savitribai as she is reverentially known by the Indian Bahujan movement, blazed a revolutionary trial….

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Cracking the Glass Ceiling With the Wall

Cracking the Glass Ceiling With the Wall A 620-kilometre-long wall of almost five million women was created in Kerala, striking down the brahmanical, right-wing forces of patriarchy, reasserting the progressive values of the people of India, and is all set to enter the Guinness Book of World Records. The women in Kerala led by Brinda…

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Can an Unequal Earth Beat Climate Change?

Can an Unequal Earth Beat Climate Change? We either keep fossil fuels in the ground, or all of us are going to fry. So essentially posits still another new blockbuster study on climate change, this one just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Our fossil-fuel industrial economy, the study details, has…

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BEST’s Contracting-Out of Bus Services: A Case Study in Privatisation

BEST’s Contracting-Out of Bus Services: A Case Study in Privatisation According to the currently dominant ideology, privatisation is identified with greater ‘efficiency’ (the meaning of which is kept vague). Privatisation may take different forms: the handing over of existing public sector assets to private investors; permitting private investors to enter sectors hitherto reserved for the…