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Monthly Archive: September 2013

Sep 29 2013

Group Protest Over Slow Dabholkar Murder Investigation

Activists at the event, holding placards and with black bands across their mouths.

Nashik, 21st Sept. One month after the assassination of Dr. Narendra Dabholkar, rationalist and founder of MANIS (Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti), the police have been unable to identify suspects and nab the killers and their masterminds. The activists of Nashik branch of ANIS (Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti) and MANIS decided to hold a protest on 21st …

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Sep 26 2013

How to Analyse Arguments From Analogy

An argument from analogy is similar to what we simply call an analogy, but is different in that it’s an argument, whereas an analogy is usually just a stating of a similarity. “Your driving is like Rahul Dravid’s batting” – that’s an analogy (and a compliment I once received!). It’s simply saying A is like …

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Sep 23 2013

An Example Of Getting It Right

A friend of mine told me about this new American TV Series ‘Ironside’ that has just started. I haven’t seen it yet so this isn’t a commentary post on the show. If in case you have, do share your views. The plot looks interesting. An investigator who is a wheelchair user. And its nice to …

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Sep 20 2013

Social Capital and Cultural Capital

In April of this year, the results of the BBC’s 2011 Great British Class Survey were published (free PDF available here). It’s quite a landmark study – it’s the largest survey of social class ever conducted in the UK, and consisted of a web survey having 161,400 respondents, as well as a parallel national representative …

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Sep 01 2013

“Race is Not Biology, Race is Sociology”

"African Negro" - Popular Science Monthly - 'The Races of Mankind', July 1881

I’m currently reading the book “Americanah” by Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and loving it. There’s a segment in the book where a fictional blog post by the main character talks about what “race” means in America, which I just had to transcribe so you can read it:

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