A recent book by Peter Wohlleben’s which has quickly become a bestseller in Germany reveals a lot about the social life of trees but he confesses before the Hay festival audience that it has annoyed scientists over the world.
'Into The Wild' is a film that released in 2007 and was directed by Sean Penn. It is the story of a man who leaves behind the comforts of the urban life and takes up an existence in the wild. Here is an engaging review of the film.
At a time when Donald Trump’s supporters are attacking the foundations of democracy, our farmers are arousing hope, and teaching us the art of nonviolent resistance to remind the rulers of the discontents of potential authoritarianism.
On this fateful day last year, JNU witnessed an organized attack on students and teachers inside the campus premises. Even after a year, the question remains : can the spirit of the university be restored?
As we celebrate Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary—and that too at a time when the Hindu Right seeks to appropriate him, it is important to have a more nuanced reading of the monk’s thoughts and visions.
Vandana Shiva's penetrating observations and sharp reflections make us rethink the project of modernity - its instrumental rationality, its hyper-masculine doctrine of development and manipulation of nature, and its dualism that separates the knower from the known, science from ethics, and is centralizing/monopolizing tendency.
There is an urgent need to rethink teaching-learning especially at a time when it ends up alienating students and depriving them of the happiness and pleasure that must ideally accompany the educational pursuit.
India’s migrant workers are integral to its economy, but indivisible in its policies and schemes. The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the loopholes that cripple the system and deprive its workers.
FROM THE BOOKSHELF
Samskara is a book that opens the critical eye of the reader for brahminical oppression and puts forward a perspective of seeing the world that Is modern and skeptical.
Growing water crisis and mismanagement of water resources is certainly a concern that neither the nation-state nor the local communities can ignore, the book throws light into the complexities and debates involved.
Dr. Ramanujam Meganathan
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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.
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Excessive use of chemicals and insecticides in agriculture not only degrade land and water resources but adversely impact human health too. With inadequate attention being paid to alternatives in agriculture a book like Silent Spring continues to have its relevance even after many years of its publication.
Virginia Wolf’s A Room of One’s Own (1929) is a classic feminist essay. We are reproducing a small segment of this iconic text. It makes us see and feel how difficult it was (or is) for a woman to find her space and unfold her creativity.
Humanity and nature must work in coordination to make sustainable living a possibility. With our tendency of excessive exploitation of nature and a desire for reckless growth we are bound to cause immense destruction to nature and subsequently to our own civilization. An alternative discourse is that of ecofeminism: a voice against the hegemony of aggressive developemntalism and a plea for sustainable futures.
Here is an engaging excerpt from the book ‘Soil Not Oil’ by Vandana Shiva.
U.R. Ananthamurthy died on 22 August 2014. Hindutva or Hind Swaraj is his very last work. Keerti Ramachandra and Vivek Shanbhag have translated it from Kannada. There is no doubt that , as Shiv Visvanathan has indicated in the Foreword, this little book is written in a desperate hurry by an author who knew he was dying. Yet, here is a book that is courageous in spirit, and enlightens its readers; it reaffirms that Gandhi’s Hind Swaraj is a meaningful answer to Savarkar’s Hindutva.