The concept of swadeshi played an important role in the freedom movement in India in opposing colonial exploitation, but as was emphasized by Mahatma Gandhi even then, we should also look at this concept in terms of its continuing relevance even after the end of colonial rule.
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.
While medical experts and pharmaceutical companies urge you to get yourself vaccinated, you ought to ask yet another question: What do you do after being vaccinated? What does it mean to be ‘safe’? Or is it that we ought to see beyond the process of vaccination to redefine life in the post-pandemic world?
Ernesto Che Guevara was an Argentinian revolutionary and theorist who was also a key founder of the Cuban revolution in 1959 to overthrow American capitalistic forces. He is a widely acclaimed and cherished public icon even after 50 years since he died. Paradoxically the market led capitalistic forces that he dedicated his life fighting against has today become his biggest beneficiary by selling popular merchandise and apparels in his name. With a lack of sustained engagement with his life and philosophy and the market becoming the overpowering dictator, can the legacy of Che really be rescued?
The Government of India and the Uttarakhand state government have been prompt and generous in their homage to the great environmentalist Sunderlal Bahuguna who passed away recently but will they honor his vision for the Himalayan region?
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.
NATIONAL ANTHEM |
The playing of the national anthem in cinema halls has now become optional after severe vigilantism and chaos over the matter in the last couple of months. What does a decision of such a nature imply and are we prepared to think beyond the symbols of nationhood?
In the 1981 classic Silsila one of the most famous dialogues delivered by Shashi Kapoor ‘ Hum gayab hone waalo mein se nahi hai… jahan jahan se guzarte hain jalwe dikhate hain’ resonates in our minds as we bid farewell to one of Hindi cinema’s most legendary actors.
The Daryaganj Sunday book market in Old Delhi is one where all book lovers should go. It is a market that stretches along the long footpath alongside the main road and boasts of books of all varieties from- medical and engineering guide books and sample papers, dictionaries, story and drawing books for children, travel and cookery books to fiction and non-fiction titles for all generations.
Kavya Thomas and Kabir
An adequate student-teacher ratio is the cornerstone of quality teaching-learning process and without the appointment of a sufficient number of teachers in place education is bound to suffer. Will the insufficient recruitment of teachers be immediately addressed or will our government schools continue to suffer?
A woman named Juli Briskman showed a finger to Donald Trump as his motorcade passed by her on a road while she was cycling. The woman’s photograph has gone viral and she has become a social media sensation but ironically for her she has lost her job and has been condemned for the disrespectful act. It is at this juncture that we must ask whether the nation-states’ discomfort with dissent will lead us anywhere or if we should see people’s discontent and dissent as catalysts for the building of a strong and vibrant democracy?
CYCLONE FANI / Prime Minister Narendra Modi took an aerial tour of cyclone affected Odisha and praised CM Navin Patnaik’s efforts while West Bengal CM Mamta Banerjee refused to hold a meeting with him to review the damage caused by cyclone Fani.