The COVID-19 pandemic has posed innumerable challenges before us and among them an increased vulnerability of an aged workforce demand our urgent attention. The deteriorating and worrisome plight of the elderly especially in the informal sector needs to be given adequate attention.
For vaccines to make their important and useful contribution, their use must be based on rationality and scientific facts as well as acceptance of short-term and longer-term public good over narrow selfish interests
Is it possible to see education beyond schools and coaching centres? Or, is it possible to break the wall of separation, and invite the marginalized to the realm of creative and life-affirming education?
Saint Kabir's powerful observations on the nature of life and religiosity, his sharp remarks on the human nature and powerful grasp over the truest essence of spirituality make him one of the most loved poet-philosophers ever.
A piece of garment is a dress to be worn, a statement to be made, an identity to be asserted or a means to maintain or sustain status quo. Bring the element of gender, and the humble garment sits at the helm of societal politics.
With the extraordinary elasticity of consciousness, Thich Nhat Hanh inspires us to see beyond religious boundaries, walk with Gautam Buddha and Jesus Christ, and live with the abundance of love and kindness.
Syed Issaq's library containing thousands of books on different religions of the world was recently burnt down by a mob of miscreants, but he is determined to rebuild this site of hope despite the odds.
Summerhill is a book about the celebrated English boarding school named Summerhill School and has been written by its headmaster A. S. Neill. It is through this book that the educationist introduced his ideas to the American public. Here is an engaging and exhaustive reflection on the book by acclaimed educationist Arvind Gupta.
A quality unique to Sikkim has been the role played by its religious and cultural institutions in the preservation of forests, these forests also help fight the impact of climate change and mitigate environmental degradation to a large extent.
On the occasion of Dr.B.R.Ambedkar's 130th birth anniversary Mr. Vikash Sharma- the editor of The New Leam- pays his homage to a great mind, while reminding us of the historic need to see an organic relationship between Ambedkar's subaltern struggle and Gandhi's spiritualized politics for creating an inclusive society.
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.
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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.