Archive for March, 2008

Imagine walking in grueling heat, your chappals worn down to a thin film of rubber, your heels blistered with sores. Imagine relying on the goodness of strangers to feed and house you, and resting under trucks because there is no shade elsewhere. Imagine walking eight hundred and fifty kilometers for the right to a decent […]

Topic: Politics | by on Mar 5

The first sight that comes to mind when I think of the Indian Parliament, or a State Legislative assembly, is a group of men raising slogans, shouting, and protesting near the well of the house. About a month ago, the Union Cabinet’s decision to consider raising the salary of these elected officials – Members of […]

Topic: Politics | by on Mar 5

“Limitless undying love Which shines around me like a million suns It calls me on and on across the universe, Jai Guru Deva Om, Nothing’s gonna change my world” -The Beatles Composed a year after the Beatles left the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in Rishikesh, India, “Across the Universe” sang love to the world during […]

Topic: Culture | by on Mar 5

Known to all of South Asia as the country with one of the strongest cricket teams, amazing pop Qawwali music and Islam at its highest, Pakistan hasn’t had a constitutional transfer of power since its independence in August 1947. Power has changed hands in the form of military takeovers and coups. Pakistan’s politics has always […]

Topic: Politics | by on Mar 5

The scene looks something like this: penniless Indian youth looking for semi-skilled jobs encounter the middlemen of the trade, who tell them that before they can begin working, they have to undergo a medical “check up” in a hospital. When they regain consciousness, it is with a pain in the abdomen. Meanwhile, patients lying in […]

Topic: Politics | by on Mar 5

After a 9.6% expansion in 2007, the Indian economy is expected to decline in its growth, growing by 8.7% in the financial year ending this month. This would be India’s slowest rate of growth in the past three years. As the markets around the world are roller coasting up and down, India’s Finance Minister Palaniappan […]

Topic: Politics | by on Mar 5

Most major religions developed, over time, a bias towards women – treating them as somewhat inferior.

Topic: Politics | by on Mar 5

Over the past two weeks, workers of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) have gone on a rampage in Mumbai attacking anyone who is from North India. Under the leadership of Raj Thackeray (Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray’s nephew who separated from that party to form his own), MNS workers have systematically tried to instill communalism […]

Topic: Politics | by on Mar 5

With the advent of Spring comes the Festival of Color, Holi. A joyous occasion that celebrates the spirit of life, the renewal of Spring and the victory of Good over Evil, Holi is a popular and widely celebrated festival in the Hindu / Indic tradition. It is played by throwing rang (colored powder) and water […]

Topic: Events | by on Mar 5

Sunny beaches, beautiful Portuguese architecture and the opportunity to get involved in almost every kind of water sport were the highlights of my trip to Goa.

Topic: Travel & Living | by on Mar 5