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Sep 11, 2019
Poor engineering: Applied science courses teach technical skills, without imparting philosophy of scientific methodEducation in subjects such as engineering, medicine and management are rooted in utilitarian ideas. The ethos is one of solving problems, or generating profits, or both. Logic and reason are used as tools towards given ends, but the deeper questions about the values of those ends go unasked.
Sep 04, 2019
Assam and the NRC: Anti-foreigner paranoia has bred gross injustice in the face of unfounded prejudicesThe final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam is out as scheduled, and all indications are that it has created a gargantuan mess. Over 19 lakh residents of the state have failed to make it to the list, meaning they will now have to fight cases in Foreigners’ Tribunals to prove that they are Indian citizens.
Aug 28, 2019
Amazon fires: Solutions lie beyond nationalist politics, a new green vision must be global in scopeThe world’s greatest forest is on fire. The Amazon rainforest is burning away at record rates, in thousands of forest fires spread over an area bigger than India.
Aug 14, 2019
India's 73rd Independence Day is here, but nothing approaching true freedom has been attained yetFreedom is a big word that often means little. A map and a flag do not really constitute freedom for the people living within any territory. Nor does having a vote. These are beautiful notions.
Aug 07, 2019
Kashmir crisis can be viewed through the lens of colliding nationalisms — India's, Pakistan's and the Valley's itselfThe disputed map of Kashmir came into being through a long process of empire-building by many different rulers over centuries.
Jul 31, 2019
In real-life Man vs Wild contest in India, scales are heavily tilted in favour of former, to environment's detrimentIn this real-life episode of Man vs Wild, it is a memorable victory for Man. It will doubtless show to the world India’s “stress on the importance of environment conservation and living in harmony with nature”.
Jul 24, 2019
Chandrayaan 2 represents best of scientific spirit in India, obscurantism of public figures the worstWhatever progress has been achieved in science, technology and society is in spite of the conservatives and obscurantists around the world, not because of them.
Jul 17, 2019
Miyah poetry backlash exemplifies the powerful forces unleashed when a group identity is under threatThe idea that people have to pledge loyalty to an official language and may not even write poems in their own language — as seen in the backlash to Miyah poetry — seems pretty extreme by exclusionary standards
Jul 10, 2019
The robotics and AI revolution will, like climate change, disrupt life as we know it; what future will it herald for humans?A future in which automatons do most of work as we know it is nigh. Since work is either physical or mental, and the automatons will increasingly be capable of both, it will be difficult if not impossible for most humans to move to a higher niche in the job market.
Jul 03, 2019
Dalai Lama's comment on refugee crisis illuminates what's at the heart of anti-migrant sentimentWithout clarity on the idea of what it is about a culture and a people that requires a homeland, thorny questions surrounding migration and identity will continue to trouble the world.