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Category Archive: India

Jun 22 2013

Floods

The death toll from flooding and landslides following heavy monsoon rains in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand is close to 600 at the moment. More than 40,000 people are still stranded in what the government has described as a “national crisis”. Officials have admitted a lack of co-ordination in the rescue effort. Early monsoon …

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Jun 17 2013

Age of Kali – One Day

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May 01 2013

SSA May Day Mayhem Blogathon – Karma, Dharma and Dogma

Atheism in the land of a million gods is on the rise. For all of India’s secularism (like the USA it is entrenched in the constitution), there is a rise of religious fervor in the nation. As India has grown so has it’s superstition. Caste based politics are rife across the nation. Religion based politics are …

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May 01 2013

SSA May Day Mayhem Blogathon – Who Needs Education When You Have Paradise

The Taliban target teachers and schools for a reason. Because education and knowledge sets you free. You cannot claim to be the sole possessors of all knowledge when you have schools constantly contradicting things you teach as gospel.

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Apr 29 2013

Age of Kali – A Thug in Velvet – The Indian Man

Around a decade ago there was a watershed in Indian culture. We saw a concept come about in India and abroad. It was called the New Indian Male. The very idea of the New Indian Male was a gentleman. He wore clothes that fit and wasn’t picked out by his mother. He understood fashion. He …

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Apr 15 2013

Age of Kali – Offended!

Last night I posted a piece on “offence”. Basically? A bunch of people got “offended” by the facebook status of one person reposting the statement of another and were sufficiently offended to start a riot. The police responded with typical aplomb and injured people and then promptly arrested everyone including the people who exercised free …

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Apr 04 2013

The Price of a Big Heart

I got approached by two patients today, they lay on the floor of the hospital. This is not a new thing. People sit on the floor all the time. There isn’t enough seats sometimes and the Indian habit of the lotus position lends itself to sitting on the floor. The young woman pulls herself up …

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Mar 30 2013

What can you live on

What can you live on?

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Mar 30 2013

I Get Mail – Sex for the Gods

This was watched and reviewed at the Bengaluru/Bangalore Meeting of Freethinkers and it got me thinking and one of it’s members asked me if I could have look at it. It’s about the Devdasi or the sacred prostitutes of India. I am not against it, it’s not incorrect but it has a few misconceptions that …

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Mar 27 2013

Thieves of Potential

Let’s call him V. V is 12 years old and came to see me today. And V is a classic example of “chronic starvation“. V’s got two sisters and a brother who are at school. They will be coming in tomorrow for an assessment too. V’s so chronically starved that he is 20% of the …

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