Category Archives: red tapism

On cooking or how to deny convenience to people

1 Citchen When they built the hotel, they built it on three levels. The top-most was for the elites. The commoners had no entry there, neither they had any business. Then was the second level, here a sort of compromise … Continue reading

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Privatization, Responsibility and Corruption

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

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Illegal and Wrong

We have to get out of the mindset of thinking that things are wrong because they are illegal. People make laws and people can change those laws. via Silk Road Often people equate being illegal to being wrong. Though this … Continue reading

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Free Press and Democracy

A free press is an essential part of a democratic system. In a society like ours, with its stark inequalities, only a media free of government and corporate pressures can ensure that the voiceless are heard. What we are seeing … Continue reading

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Let us Respect The Flag, Respect The Nation?

Recently I got a forward email… It read thus: Dear Indian!Greetings on Independence Day!! The National Flag is a symbol of the Nation’s respect and pride. There is a liberal use of the flag on Independence Day and Republic day. … Continue reading

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Prejudice and Pride

Pride and Prejudice As a part of the graduate courses we had to do a few presentations. During the course on sociology of education I reviewed a book Prejudice and Pride by Krishna Kumar. When I was first told about … Continue reading

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Passport Blues…

The Passport Adventure Finally the day arrived that I applied for the passport. This was pending from a long time literally, [6 years to be precise!]. The preparation for this grand event began about two weeks before. The first thing … Continue reading

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