Category Archives: politics

Two Cultures

When C. P. Snow talked about Two Cultures, he had in mind the two supposedly different ways of life. The sciences and the humanities. Snow tries to see the differences between the two cultures and makes it a point to … Continue reading

Posted in babudom, India, normal, politics, red tapism, sociology, transparency | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Forbidden Library

What do you do when you find something offensive? Whether it be a book, a film or any other art form? You ask for a ban. You not only ban the book, perhaps want to ban the creator of the … Continue reading

Posted in alan moore, babudom, books, control, democracy, media, norms, politics, sociology, technology | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Villain

Can’t but help post this little gem from an eleventh-century Sanskrit author by the name of Kshemendra. This is the first chapter of his book Desopadesa which is a satirical work on different types of base people in the society. … Continue reading

Posted in people, poem, politics, satire, verse | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Reflections on Liping Ma’s Work

Liping Ma’s book Knowing and teaching elementary mathematics has been very influential in Mathematics Education circles. This is a short summary of the book and my reflections on it. Introduction Liping Ma in her work  compares the teaching of mathematics … Continue reading

Posted in education, mathematics, mathematics education, politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

They Thought They Were Free

In this post we will look at some experiences that people in Germany had during the rise of Nazi Party. Overall the trend is that you make it almost impossible for anyone opposed to your thought as an outcast, and … Continue reading

Posted in democracy, history, India, people, politics, sociology | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Trump’s Trumpeting Triumph

Election of Donald Trump and Democracy I have two observations to make for the election of Donald Trump to the president’s office in he United States. First there is a certain sense of bewilderment in general public as well as … Continue reading

Posted in media, people, personality, politics, psychology, sociology | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

Alternative accounts

The appeal of the alternative account to current political palates is precisely why caution is warranted: a narrative’s popular appeal is a poor indicator of its truth. via | Easter Island Controversy

Posted in politics | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Whistleblowing as an act of political resistance

The individuals who make these disclosures feel so strongly about what they have seen that they’re willing to risk their lives and their freedom. They know that we, the people, are ultimately the strongest and most reliable check on the … Continue reading

Posted in politics | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

After Nehru…

Longish quotes from London Review of Books from After Nehru by Perry Anderson To be impressive, however, is not to be miraculous, as Indians and others still regularly describe the political system that crystallised after independence. There was never anything … Continue reading

Posted in babudom, congress, corruption, democracy, gandhi, history, India, people, politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

In defense of digital freedom

We need to defend democratic principles not only against outside attacks, but also against erosion from within. The strength of an open society is tested especially when it comes under (perceived) threat. via In defense of digital freedom.

Posted in control, democracy, freedom, people, politics, quotes | Tagged , , | Leave a comment