Opinion

Opinion

Patriotism vs. Nationalism: Beware of the Jingoism of in the Name of a Nation

Reading Time: 5 minutesThere is a worldwide resurgence of the nationalist pitch in politics. A globally surging separatist oratory is slowly and surely pushing back the strides made towards an international integration. To every nation, community and ethnic group the outside world, ‘the other’ has become a den of enmity and hostility. This kind of nationalism poses a threat, reasons Shernaz, […]

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Difficult Time for Those Having a School-going Child

Reading Time: 4 minutesSeveral studies and reports have indicated that children are prone to exploitation even within homes, and most of the cases of molestation are perpetrated by someone the victims have known closely. It indicates a dangerous trend related to children’s safety. There has been growing incidence of crime against children in the National Capital Region (NCR). […]

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Red Alert: Future is Dead!

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe recent shameful cases of an International school in Gurgaon where a seven-year-old boy was brutally murdered in the toilet of the school, a famous school in Delhi where a small girl was raped by the school staff and the slapping case of a school in Noida, are skid marks in the criminal history of […]

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What is Happiness: English vs. European Concepts – I

Reading Time: 6 minutesNietzsche understood happiness to be a state of pleasure and contentment and expressed his scorn for Englishmen who pursued that goal rather than richer goals involving suffering for a noble end. Unaware of the richer English tradition concerning happiness that Wordsworth’s poem embodied, he simply took English ‘happiness’ to be what Bentham said it was. […]

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Godmen: Happiness Comes with a Price Tag

Reading Time: 5 minutesGurus whose USP is smart marketing; Swamis whose fortunes would shame a Rockefeller; Godmen with unbridled libido who believe it is their right to rape and murder; Babas in saintly garbs close to political power – the pivot in an unseemly nexus – these quick rise men with feet of clay then are our ‘happiness’ […]

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Durga and her Entourage in a Jawed Habib Salon: Reverence, Irreverence, Trolls, Erotica and the Liberal Hindu Mind

Reading Time: 4 minutesThere’s public outrage on the social media about the newspaper advertisement of Goddess Durga’s family dolling themselves in a Jawed Habib salon. The celebrity hairstylist is being trolled on Twitter. There have been advertisements of underwear and shoes too using the Durga image. No one cried foul then. Arindam delves into evidence of the liberal […]

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What is Man?: Reality is a Symbolic Creation – VI

Reading Time: 6 minutesThe assumption underlying the notion that so-called reality confrontation is an antidote to Phantasy is: there is one true reality; it is possible to know it directly, independently of any imaginative apprehension or valuation of it. But it would seem instead that all knowledge of reality is symbolically mediated. Reality is always a symbolic creation. […]

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The Vulnerability of Religiosity: How Fake Godmen Rule the Roost!

Reading Time: 3 minutesNagpur-based Sunita exposes the chinks – rather cracks – in the armours of the socio-political and socio-economic structures. These bizarre figureheads continue to draw vulnerable people in the name of religion.  Much like the axiomatic Pied Piper, be it the aged dhoti-clad reader-of-scriptures or the bling-apparelled, gem-studded glib talker – hundreds of thousands of followers […]

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Nobel or Not so Nobel

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe Indian Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satayarthi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, in 2014. As a Nobel Peace Laureate, his concern shall encompass issues of peace and burning conflicts, surrounding – if not the whole world, at least his home country India. From declining journalist freedom in India to the rape of tribal women […]

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