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Category Archives: politics
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
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.
Yes, you read that correctly: democratic government invariably leads to the rule by “demagogues” who manipulate the most immoral segments of society. The core of this immoral coalition consists of “the lowest common denominator” – the “‘mass[es]’ in the derogatory … Continue reading
But politics and politicians are two separate things. Our whole lives are political, they just don’t realise it. via No Way Home – Motherland Magazine.
(Draft under work.) The year 2005 was a significant event in the history of India, as it saw the introduction of bill for Right to Information. Under this act any person could request data from government departments pertaining to issues … Continue reading
“I don’t want to live in a world where everything that I say, everything I do, everyone I talk to, every expression of creativity or love or friendship is recorded. That’s not something I’m willing to support, it’s not something … Continue reading
With the case of Tarun Tejpal exposed there was a media flurry for breaking the news to the audience. But it was a broken news, it did not need breaking. Though I am not against questions Mr. Tejpal, and some … Continue reading
Privatisation seems to have gone from dynamic ideological choice, to route of least resistance for the state to abdicate its responsibility in a variety of policy areas. Anything difficult and measurable – problem schools; elderly care; waste disposal; big infrastructure … Continue reading
It is in the interest of the publishers to confuse plagiarism with copyright. And many people wouldn’t know the difference. So here is a difference between the two: First, plagiarism is a violation of academic norms but not illegal; copyright … Continue reading