TOI Campaign on Lost Votes : a case of misplaced priorities and flawed premises.

The Times of India is running a campaign these days. It is primarily about the lost votes on account of India's huge migrant population both within and outside the country. They had a special panel discussion session as part of the Times Literature Festival held in Bengaluru on 23rd and 24th February 2019. As per …

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Monica Lewinsky and the Trolls of our Times

A couple of days back a woman of acquaintance committed suicide. The usual story : alleged extra marital affairs, a society that loves to take figments of weird imagination as the gospel truth, rumour, lack of emotional support from near ones, stress, depression, and fear of facing alone an antagonistic world. Remember, there were male …

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part 3: The Japanese sense of Aesthetics

The concept of mono no aware that I discussed in part 2 finds expression in Japanese art and literature including in the works of the latest Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro. Even though the concept originated in the Heian Era (8th-12th century), it started gaining prominence in Japanese culture with the works of the 18th century …

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JNU – all that buzz non academic

Jawaharlal Nehru University - a premier educational institute of India, has been in regular news over the last couple of years. Unfortunately, for reasons not academic. Not because its students or professors achieved anything remarkable connected with higher studies, research or anything related to learning for that matter. But, because of the battle of supremacy of …

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