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Sunil D'Monte

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Name: Sunil D'Monte
Date registered: August 21, 2012
URL: http://freethoughtblogs.com/nirmukta

Latest posts

  1. The Inversion of Responsibility — July 8, 2014
  2. How to Say Hari Kondabolu — May 14, 2014
  3. On Not Having a Good Hindu Name — May 9, 2014
  4. A Thought on “It’s Just a Joke” — May 3, 2014
  5. Rape Myths About How Victims “Should” Behave — March 30, 2014

Most commented posts

  1. “Brahmins Only” Housing — 27 comments
  2. Analysing Arguments: Two Articles on the Death Penalty — 20 comments
  3. A Question for Free Market Proponents — 15 comments
  4. A White Mark — 14 comments
  5. Arguments From Analogy in Victim Blaming — 14 comments

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Jul 08 2014

The Inversion of Responsibility

Sign seen at a traffic intersection in Pune (see article for text of the sign).

“Be Responsible”, requests the sign. It’s titled “Hate Mongering” and was seen recently in the city of Pune: Who is it addressed to, you might wonder. Is it addressed to the terrorists of the Hindu Rashtra Sena (“Hindu National Army”) who went on a rampage in the city last month and beat a Muslim man …

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May 14 2014

How to Say Hari Kondabolu

Hari Kondabolu posted an audio pronounciation guide for his name on Tumblr yesterday, adding: My career goal is to make people say my name properly. This kind of success is called THE GALIFIANAKIS. Hopefully this post will help. Hari is such an easy name I can’t understand why someone wouldn’t pronounce it correctly (after hearing …

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May 09 2014

On Not Having a Good Hindu Name

I met up with a friend yesterday, who, like me, is an atheist but has a Christian last name. As often happens these days, the conversation drifted to the possibility of having Modi as prime minister. She told me about a friend of hers, who has a mixed background – Muslim father, and Christan mother. …

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May 03 2014

A Thought on “It’s Just a Joke”

Two days ago, Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson was found uttering the N-word in unaired footage (video): In the unseen footage – which was later edited out of the show – the £1million a year TV host is seen swinging his finger between two cars, while reciting a racist version of a children’s counting rhyme. …

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Mar 30 2014

Rape Myths About How Victims “Should” Behave

In the wake of the Tejpal rape case, some articles and comments in Indian media have propagated certain myths about how “true” rape victims “should” behave. These myths echo depictions of rape in cinema and television, and go something like this: rape victims always fight back against their attackers; rape victims always scream “rape” and …

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Mar 02 2014

A Question for Free Market Proponents

I finally finished reading Michael Sandel’s What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets (I’d talked about it earlier in this post on rhino hunting auctions). Since reading it, I’ve been pondering a question, which I wish Sandel had posed to his opponents during this LSE debate. During the debate, one of the examples …

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Feb 22 2014

How Rapists Manipulate Their Victims

(Content note: contains numerous quotes from rapists, taken from Project Unbreakable.) I’ve been following Project Unbreakable (tumblr, facebook) for almost two years now. If you aren’t familiar with it, it’s an American initiative started in 2011 by then nineteen year old Grace Brown, which photographs sexual assault survivors holding posters with quotes from their attackers. …

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Jan 12 2014

Hunting a Rhino to Save Rhinos

A black rhino seen head-on, standing in the grass at Ngorongoro, Tanzania.

BBC News reports today that a permit to hunt and kill an endangered Black Rhino in Namibia has been sold at a US auction for $350,000 (£212,000): The auction was held amid tight security at a Dallas convention centre, where dozens of protesters had gathered. The winning bidder – who has not been named – …

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Jan 09 2014

How Ayurveda Works (Not Really)

This piece appeared in The Hindu this morning – Understanding How Ayurveda Works. The Hindu does have a soft corner for “complementary and alternative medicine” (CAM), but normally it’s limited to the writings of B.M. Hegde in the “open page”, where anyone can write in. This is different – it appeared in the Science and …

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Jan 06 2014

What to Say When Someone Dies?

My grandmother died today – she was 97 years old and had been on the decline for some time. She had also endured a very low quality of life for years (once saying, “How long is this going to go on?”), not being able to move or read or feed or bathe herself – so …

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