Social Issues

Welcome back to the Series on ills of Hinduism. In this third part we will talk about place of women in Hindu society. Here is part 1 and part 2 of the series.

Take a look at the photograph above.

It is one of the prime roads in a city, all geared up to celebrate one of the biggest festivals of the country. Guess which one? Did you say Diwali? Sorry – you’re just so out-of-sync with the times, you know! This is Bengaluru, ringing in the season of festive cheer, spreading the message of love and goodwill to all.

“The removal of untouchability is a question of the purification of Hinduism. If untouchability lives, Hinduism must die,” said M.K. Gandhi famously.

Such opinions presume following three things –

1.       Untouchability is systematically allowed, nay, forced by Hindu religion.

I normally don’t respond to articles from magazines like the Guardian and Washington Post simply because countering them doesn’t make sense intellectually. They are not intellectual exercises. They are propaganda exercises. They are a part of a psychological, ideological warfare that only those can understand who, well, understand.

The themes of Governance, Regulation & Quality constitute the core of the superstructure of a national policy framework on education. Nonetheless, the National Education Policy fails to impress when it comes to this triad.

Sedition, an offence under the Indian Penal Code, 1860 is currently the most widely and fiercely debated issue.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has been painstakingly taking forward the current disposition with his characteristic energy, enthusiasm and uncanny experimentation, is finding it difficult to sail through the rigidities of the self-serving eco-system.

Taxi Unions recently went on a strike in Mumbai protesting competition from private operators like Uber and Ola accusing them, essentially, of offering lower fares and trying to drive them out of business [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6].

A micro-slicing of the lives of the Leadership of the bygone era brings out the fact that their lives, efforts and interests lay amidst a myriad of activities in cross-sectoral profiles.  The successful ones, such as Gandhi and Churchill, were great integrators of lessons they learnt during their hands-on experience on Cross-Disciplinary Ventures.

Pune and Solapur are the only two cities from Maharashtra, shortlisted in the first round of the ambitious India Smart Cities Challenge. People in Pune are known to be smart historically. But Solapur has a different story. A major industrial town in Maharashtra in the 20th century, Solapur has gone into a stagnation since 1990s.

A Few days back in the India Today Conclave Dattatreya Hosabale, the Joint General Secretary of the RSS said that “I don’t think homosexuality should be considered a criminal offence as long as it does not affect the lives of others in society”. Hosabale said, “Sexual preferences are private and personal. Why should RSS express its views in a public forum?

The auto-rickshaw is perhaps the one vehicle that is considered a boon and a bane at the same time by the general public. This three wheeler, more often than not, provides the last mile connectivity in many cities across India for those using public transport. However, it is also a source of great irritation, just for the way it is designed if not anything else.

Much quoted quote “Art imitates life and life imitates art” is true especially in a country like India where our films influence a lot of things, including our ideas about romance, marriage, and sometimes even important social issues. Movies and movie stars often become a huge part of consciousness of the society and even at times set the narrative about how we think.

“Lechindi nidra Lechindi Mahila Lokam, daddarilindi purusha prapancham”(https://youtu.be/MmVujeuCKmI: the women’s world has woken up from slumber, and the man’s world shook with panic) was a Telugu movie song I used to love as a child.

The UN only in the way it can, clumsily by committee, has been facilitating a series of snore-worthy meetings since 1992 to “do” climate change. The latest UN organized Climate Snoozefest – COP21 Pareee – will pass like the ones before, all the way back to the Rio 1992 conference. The latest conference is the 21st in an annual series going all the way back to COP1 1995 Berlin!

26th Nov 2008, 5pm: She had just got back from her regular checkup and doctor said "you are doing well but still be careful and take care because yours is a little difficult pregnancy". Yes it was indeed not just a difficult one but also much waited after three miscarriages.

Barren broken earth, drought, and unkempt poor farmers rejoicing at the first sound of thunder is the beginning of the seminal classic Do Bigha Zameen (1953). Directed by Bimal Roy, this film ushered a new wave of Indian cinema.  Shambhu Mahato (Balraj Sahni) a poor farmer owes money to the Zamindaar and is threatened to sell his land in lieu of his debt.

Kayasthas is a community or caste has always been a topic of debate, but as per historical records they were traditionally scribes or writers. You will also find mention about them as the village account keepers.