Last week, I went to the Right to Food Convention in Rourkela, Orissa. Large “movement” conferences are often hit or miss – one, because given the primary aim to mobilize […]
My nephews (5, 2) and I were driving to get ice-cream. On the way I saw a kid, smaller than my older nephew sweeping a little piece of the street […]
A little over a year after I first wrote about Shaloo, the hired help in my house, her worst fears have come true. About a week ago, a notice was […]
I was in a small village in Rajasthan on January 26, the Indian Republic Day. Children ran through the village shouting in chorus, “Mahatma Gandhi ki jai, mera bharat mahan” […]
See graphic below for other separatist movements
– Anti-terror agenda not pro-poor agenda hence much potential for harassment of the undocumented poor.
– Limited benefit without universal coverage
– UID beneficial to the poor only if social security organizations make changes to their service delivery mechanism, which will entail very high additional investment.
Is it just me or have things taken a decided turn towards alice in wonderland-esque surrealism. Like a kaleidoscope, the events of one’s life are seemingly determined by external movements, […]
Finally saw Slumdog. Here’s my two cents (potential spoilers ahead). The movie is good, but not outstanding. The story seems contrived. As a viewer, I’d be willing to overlook the […]
Shaloo is the hired help in my house. Background: Originally from Bihar¹, she came to Delhi as a little girl after both her parents died within a span of two […]
It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we can expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. (The Wealth […]
A recent New York Times editorial notes that the ” [US] Army has had trouble meeting its recruiting targets since 2004 and fell short in 2005 by about 8 percent, […]
This blog is about India, my perspective on its people (including me) and their defining motives. To me, India feels eminently bourgeois: the intoxication over rising prosperity; the single-minded pursuit […]