I would like to make it clear at the outset that my objective is to engage with the ideas in the book, rather than providing a book review. I adopted a style to amalgamate sentences taken from the author and apply them to my own experience.
The Human body by its nature is perishable. It is bound by the Space-time coordinates in the world we inhabit. It comes into existence at a finite point in time and perishes at another finite point in time. Essentially it is a finite element in this world.
Lies are a hindrance to justice and pose a challenge to democracies all across the globe. Given the link between power and lies, especially in a multiparty system like India, does the solution lie in post-democratic ways of handling power?
There was a documentary film that used to be shown on Doordarshan in my school days. It was about unity in diversity, and had a catchy song “Ek, anek…Hind desh ke niwasi sabhi jane k hai. That was the time when this sentiment was entrenched in all our hearts. Our country has for ages, had…
A few years back, I had a student of mine writing an email to me, asking for a relaxation in the assignment deadline. He wrote to me Dear Mam, my return ticket was cancelled because my grandmother fell seek…’ In the class, I asked him to re-read this and he did not find any problem…
The culture and personality school of thought in anthropology spearheaded by Ruth Benedict and Margaret Mead strongly argues that the individuals’ personality in a society is determined by its culture.
The terms ‘left’ or ‘right’ have collected emotional weight through the education or growing up process of an individual.
Nationalism, the book is a series of lectures by Rabindranath Tagore that was first published in 1917 amid the First World War. He was influenced by the Nationalist Movement in India, World War-I and the industrial revolution of the late 19th century and the early 20th century. All these influences culminated in his lectures on…
The stark disparities that are so plainly visible today will also play a role then. Many island nations are already facing an immediate threat.
The way world has reacted to COVID raises more questions than it answers. From lockdowns to treatment protocols to vaccination drives, politics seep into all.
Instead of looking at contradiction as undesirable, dialectical idealism looks at it as an opportunity to synthesize new ideas from extremes.
This spirit of education gets broken each time students are asked to not let their mind wander and stick to the questions given at the end of the chapter.