I AM A TAX-PAYER, TOO

And finally, Mr. Pai is the Chairman of Manipal Global Education Services Pvt Ltd, a private provider of higher education services in India as well as abroad. His problem with JNU is understandable. I am a son of a coolie, who lost his father at the age of 15. Sans institutions such as MGU (Kerala) and JNU, I wouldn’t even have an MA, let alone a PhD. My anger over these ridiculous attack on the country’s premier educational institution is also understandable, isn’t it? ‪#‎IAmATaxPayerToo‬

Anti-nationalism defined

To me, what is remarkable about JNU is not that it is the best university in India, but that it remains so even after drawing most of its students from the historically backward sections and regions of the country. The JNUSU President who was arrested for sedition comes from a very poor background, which alone speaks for the equality of opportunity that JNU practices. JNU is so repulsive to the Brahminical middle classes precisely because it is dangerous to their logic of merit. JNU is a practical example that socially inclusive policies produce a society that is not only far more progressive but also far superior when it comes to chasing numbers.

NEW GDP SERIES: A CLOUD OF SMOKE

Even the trained economists are now asking one simple question – in the light of subdued mood in almost every sector of the economy how come the GDP growth figures are showing such high figures – amidst dwindling world and domestic demand. The jury is definitely not yet out.

हम लड़ेंगे साथी… उदास मौसम के ख़िलाफ़…

We shall fight, comrade, for the unhappy times
We shall fight, comrade, for the bottled-up desires
We shall gather up, comrade, the fragments of our lives

The murder of my friend Giulio Regeni: An attack on academic freedom

Giulio Regeni’s murder is a direct challenge to the academic freedom that is a pillar of our higher education system. He is only one of many scholars to find themselves in grave danger. While it’s still not clear what happened to him, we know that others have been arbitrarily detained and abused in Egypt. As a scholarly community and as a society, we have a duty to strike to protect them and their colleagues who study in dangerous places the world over.

P Sainath on Rohith Vemula’s suicide

They say Rohith’s suicide is a depression suicide, it has nothing to do with discrimination and all the things you are talking about. One question is, why are some classes and castes in society more depressed than everyone else? But, there is a more cruel and venomous insinuation in this: This is not emotional depression, they are treating it as a mental health issue… this is inborn.

‘Where is the next John Lennon? Probably packing boxes in a supermarket somewhere.’

There is no more reason to believe that capitalism will be around forever. For centuries, the Roman Empire was able to absorb barbarian tribes, to draw them into the Roman system, to give their chiefs titles and offices… And one day, they forgot to give Alaric a promotion, which got him pretty upset. We all know what happened then. It’s permanent until it’s not, every contradiction is absorbed until it isn’t.

अलविदा रोहित!

हत्या दर हत्या हो रही है. गरीब मुसहर टोलों से लेकर विश्वविद्यालयों तक. वे सिर्फ तीन शब्द जानते हैं तिरस्कार, बहिष्कार और निष्कासन. वे मौत को जीवन से बेहतर बना देते हैं. क्या करें जब विश्वविद्यालय सजा के नाम पर पुराने विधान की आवृत्ति करता है. सामाजिक रूप से बहिष्कृत! मन बहुत बेचैन है. कहाँ जाऊं. मुक्तिबोध ने कहा था ‘कहाँ जाऊं दिल्ली या उज्जैन’. पर हर तो जगह नरमेध है, मद्रास है, मदुरै है, भोजपुर है, बाथे है, बथानी है, हरियाणा है, रूड़की है, दिल्ली है.

EPW & Ram Reddy

I hope the Sameeksha Trust does not make the mistake of leaving out Ram from the process of finding the new editor, as has been reported. It will not help the cause of the unique institution that requires a special degree of care and nurture – something that Ram went all out to provide and work for.

BLACK MONEY AND WHITE LIES

Corruption and black money are handy issues while in opposition, but those are always put in the back burner while in power. Without proper policies and concrete steps taken to unearth black money and utilising them for greater good of the nation – all talks of “na khayenge, na khane denge” or “no one dares to send money abroad now” will keep on sounding rhetorical and very hollow.

Rumblings of a concerned citizen

The anchors instead of talking over their guests should learn to listen and ask the right questions that needs to be answered in the moment of crisis. The political parties in spite of their differences should remain united in defending the country otherwise the country and thereby democracy which gives them voice could crumble.