- Nothing Really Has Changed for Bihar’s Musahar Community
The Musahar community in Bihar is one of the most deprived and socially disadvantaged groups that are present in the country. Its pathetic condition has not improved much despite a series of reforms and changes in Indian political history. The empowerment of the Musahars is an intrinsic need for the wellbeing of the society as a whole.
- An Ode to the Spirit of Asma Jahangir
Asma Jahangir(27Januray 1952- 11February,2018) was a human rights activist and lawyer from Pakistan whose work and contribution have been recognized across the world. She also co-founded and chaired the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. Her courage and determination shall forever be cherished. Kabir | The New Leam Asma Jahangir was a lawyer and well recognised […]
- Government Wakes Up to Climate Change Crisis
Union Minster for Environment Harsh Vardhan recently announced that curbing climate change and environmental pollution will now become his ministry’s top most priority. But can legislation’s and large scale measures alone make the difference when individuals are unwilling to alter lifestyle practices?
- Goa : BJP Mockery of the Pathos of Poverty
Mr. Parrikar needs to understand that when there are more than 270 million people below the poverty line there are far greater concerns than cleanliness. While we should be working towards building a system that ensures people a dignified living across economic backgrounds, no elected representative in a democracy shall have the right to mock the conditions of the suffering poor.
- The Pursuit of Dignity is Critical to Meaningful Pedagogy
Just like adults, children too have a very strong sense of self-dignity. Our education machinery and the process of classroom transactions may often lead to a situation where the learner’s dignity is compromised upon. The article that follows argues that respecting and giving voice to the learner’s sense of dignity should be a critical priority of meaningful education.
- JNU Vice-Chancellor: Are You Listening?
In this perceptive piece, the author reflected on the recent crisis in JNU, and expressed her anguish over the way the present Vice-Chancellor is handling the entire issue.
- No Aadhar No Facility: Woman Gives Birth Outside Hospital when Denied Hospitalisation
In Gurugram’s Public Hospital a pregnant woman was denied access to hospitalisation and thus compelled to give birth outside under full public view because she failed to produce her Aadhar Card on time. Similar cases have been reported from across the country where vital facilities such as medicine and food have been denied to people at their inability to furnish an Aadhar Card. Should our obsession with documentation be allowed to deprive us of our basic dignity as human beings?
- When the Ramayana Jibe Ignited a Mahabharata between the BJP and the Congress
Prime Minister Modi’s Ramayana jibe at Renuka Chowdhury agitated the Congress and has captured the nation’s imagination. Irrespective of political inclinations and party affiliations are our parliamentarians disrespecting the sacrosanct character of the Parliament as the temple of Indian democracy?
- Mr. Modi, Children are not Warriors
FROM THE BOOKSHELF
In this brief review essay, Professor Avijit Pathak has reflected on Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s new book Exam Warriors (Penguin Books), and with absolute humility advised him to rethink what he has written in this well packaged product.
- Poverty, Illiteracy and Disease: Compulsive Digitalization is No Solution
Digitalization as a compulsive strategy shall only prove alienating and disastrous in a milieu where infrastructural development is scarce and public readiness is incomplete. Denial of basic resources and facilities in the absence of adequate familiarity to these strategies can often prove threating to the very welfare of the system and its people. Can we strive towards a more inclusive strategy?
- The Union Budget and the Health Sector: an Uneasy Relationship Uncovered
UNION BUDGET 2018 The Union Budget has come up with two schemes to apparently revolutionise healthcare for the poor and marginalised. Given the present scenario and the innumerable challenges it poses, it remains to be seen whether there is any possibility of deliverance transcending the promises of the establishment. The Union Budget has been recently […]
- Ecological Crisis and the Choice of Humanity
ENVIRONMENT/ Ecological violence and denial of a harmonious human-nature bond have resulted in a crisis of ethics around the world. At a juncture when neither the spirit of tribal eco-sensitivity nor the charm of the Romantic Movement can be revived, is there a possible path that can guide the modern, industrial civilization towards sustainability, reciprocity and nurturance with respect to nature.
- Schooling in a Misogynistic Climate
A school teacher in Raipur warns her female students against wearing western attires and makeup as this makes their being raped justified according to her. Sexism and misogynistic mind-sets must urgently be condemned in our schools if we are to fight oppression and backwardness.
- Endangered J.N.U. in the Era of Ideological Witch-Hunting
Can campuses in the country continue to fall victim to ideological witch-hunting? In recent months the fate of J.N.U. has seen several turning points and unsatisfactory recruitment of faculty, improper construction of Selection Committees and the perpetual tussle between the admiration and the larger community of teachers-students have made it a battleground. How long can a revenge based outlook to educational institutions remain the dominant discourse?
- Gandhi on the Threshold of Time
Gandhi’s death anniversary is here, reminding us of the critical importance that he lay upon fighting the inner enemy simultaneously with the outer one so as to achieve a harmonious coexistence of mind and heart. Amidst educational discourses that seek to divide and compartmentalise, a young learner discovers Gandhi in her moments of critical yet reflexive experimentation with ideas.
- The Renewed Need of Peace Movements in an Antagonistic World
Gandhi as a political thinker and philosopher emphasized throughout his works on the evergreen importance of peace movements for a conflict-ridden world. Even today we continue to be desperately in search of such a movement that unites the internal and the external aspects of human existence into a peaceful and harmonious reality. In this thought-provoking piece, the author compels us to revisit this critical question and work towards a peace movement that addresses the issues of the contemporary world.
- Does Wisdom Matter?
Guy Claxton is Professor of The Learning Sciences at the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol. His current work focuses on the development of infused approaches to the cultivation of positive lifelong learning dispositions in schools. His research makes us realize the importance of wisdom in education.
- Boycott Television News Channels
In this passionately argued brief piece, the author has warned us of the hollowness of most of our television news channels; its consequences, as the author has pointed out, can prove to be disastrous.
Prof. Avijit Pathak
- WONDER|To protect India from the loot of foreign companies
- Gandhi, Ambedkar and Tagore: The Republic’s Iconic Visionaries Compel Us to Rethink the Given
Gandhi, Ambedkar and Tagore have introduced us to ideas of the nation that were radical and emancipatory. As we commemorate the 69th Republic Day, we invoke them yet again to problematize and redefine the nation in contemporary times.
- Republic Day: An Occasion for Revisiting Our Priorities
Republic Day celebrations are here and we are face to face with multiple thought-provoking ideas that invite us to probe into issues of collective concern. The article that follows, invites us to revisit the contemporary times in new light.
- The Perils of Being Republic
REPUBLIC DAY SPECIAL
The 69th Republic Day is here and now is the ripe moment to think of the trajectory of the nation. With success and contradiction, achievement and challenges, India is unfolding its unique tale. Let us revisit, let us contemplate and think of this nation that we call ours.
- Contextualizing the Telephone as the Communication Device of Our Times
Telecommunications have brought a massive change in the way in which we interact, communicate and express ourselves. Here the author takes us on a journey of personal narratives about how the telephone meant different things to her at various stages of her life and what it would mean to live without them it, a change.
- The Risky Terrain of Secularism and the Fate of the Polity
POLITICS AND RELIGION
Karnataka BJP MLA equated an upcoming district poll to a battle between Lord Rama and Allah. In the absence of political maturity and accountability, can the true essence of India’s secularist tradition be restored?
- PDS in Tamil Nadu: A Search for Alternatives
The article explores the many possibilities and limitations to the PDS system in the state of Tamil Nadu and tries to look for alternatives that are better suited to the needs of the present times and give adequate benefits to the state.
- DIALOGUE|Confessions of a Social Media Addict
DIALOGUE | Are Smartphones the New Opium of the Masses?
Obsession and diligent usage are often confused and this has often been the case as far as our relationship with technology is considered. Let us explore the layers of this complex debate through the author’s first-hand experience.