Ajay Lad

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Understanding secularism in the Indian context

There was a point of time, perhaps, when we might have taken the idea of a secular, pluralistic India, tolerant of all sects and religions, as a …

Constitutional audio podcast from The Washington Post - The Washington Post

With the writing of the Constitution in 1787, the framers set out a young nation’s highest ideals. And ever since, we’ve been fighting over it — what is in it and what was left out. At the heart of these arguments is the story of America.<p>As a follow-up to the popular Washington Post podcast …

Protest

Separating the Bull from the Bullet Train, one bogey at a time.

There is something perverse in taking a trillion rupee loan to build a 500 km bullet train that’ll serve just a few million people, while the …

100 Old Tweets Warning About A Stampede Show Why Mumbai Is Angry

Could the horrific tragedy at Mumbai’s Elphinstone Road station have been averted? Hours after at least 22 people died in a stampede on the …

India

Gloria Allred’s Crusade

Sexual Harassment

I need to speak up now

Yashwant Sinha writes: The economy is on a downward spiral, is poised for a hard landing. Many in the BJP know it but do not say it out of …

India

Mahmood Farooqui: HC’s troubling interpretation of consent

The Delhi High Court on Monday acquitted writer-filmmaker Mahmood Farooqui of charges of raping a US researcher at his home in a drunken state.<p>In his …

Contradictions and Unanswered Questions : Supreme Court’s Privacy Judgment

Dialling The Wrong Number

The DOT circulars seeking Aadhaar-Mobile linking have no legal force<p>Written by |<p>Shortly after the Supreme Court declared privacy to be a fundamental …

Aadhaar

Somebody left the gate open, you know we got lost on the way

<i>(listen to the song as you're reading this post)</i><p>At 28, I found myself back in Delhi, minus one fiancé and a city I still loved. Now, nearly three …

Moving On

A love story.<p>In February, 1980, two months after the birth of my second child and the simultaneous end of my marriage, I fell madly in love. I was looking for a place to live, and one afternoon I walked just ten steps into an apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and my heart stood still. …

My grandfather’s vagabond past – Samanth Subramanian

A curious thing happened when my grandfather died, the sort of thing that seems more and more curious as the years pass, investing itself with …

Fail better

<b>Fail better</b><p>What makes a good writer? Is writing an expression of self, or, as TS Eliot argued, 'an escape from personality'? Do novelists have a …

If Men Could Menstuate by Gloria Steinem

Living in India made me understand that a white minority of the world has spent centuries conning us into thinking a white skin makes people …

What a glorious time it is to be an American woman novelist! Oprah Winfrey has only to say a writer’s name—so far, most of her book-club choices have been novels by women—and hundreds of thousands stampede the bookstores in search of the lucky author’s work. Most books are bought by women, who tend to read novels by female authors. One of our two living Nobel laureate novelists is an African-American woman. Women edit major magazines—The New Yorker, The Nation, The New York Review of Books—aimed at readers of both sexes. Women are top decision makers at America’s ten biggest commercial …

What a glorious time it is to be an American woman novelist! Oprah Winfrey has only to say a writer’s name—so far, most of her book-club choices have …

The Great Indian Rape-Trick I

At the premiere screening of <i>Bandit Queen</i> in Delhi, Shekhar Kapur introduced the film with these words: "I had a choice between Truth and Aesthetics. …

118. ROGER EBERT: On kindness

Roger Ebert (1942-2013) was the world’s most respected and celebrated film critic. I can’t possibly do justice to his legendary career in the movies. …

Roger Ebert

The Full Text Of Steve Jobs' Stanford Commencement Speech

Here is the full text of Steve Jobs' commencement speech to Stanford in 2005. It is one of the greatest reflections on life we've ever heard. If you want to watch him give the speech we have the video here.<p>I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in …

The Most Important Question of Your Life

Everybody wants what feels good. Everyone wants to live a carefree, happy and easy life, to fall in love and have amazing sex and relationships, to …

Men Explain Lolita to Me

It is a fact universally acknowledged that a woman in possession of an opinion must be in want of a correction. Well, actually, no it isn’t, but who …

Literature

Draft No. 4

Replacing the words in boxes.<p>Block. It puts some writers down for months. It puts some writers down for life. A not always brief or minor form of it mutes all writers from the outset of every day. “Dear Joel . . .” This is just a random sample from letters written to former students in response to …

How to be perfectly unhappy

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Geek Humor

Transcript: Sheryl Sandberg at the University of California at Berkeley 2016 Commencement

Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook (FB), author of <i>Lean In,</i> and founder of LeanIn.org, addressed the Class of 2016 at the University …

Magical Dinners

An immigrant Thanksgiving.<p>So picture this: Thanksgiving, 1972. The Harbor House apartments on Davenport Avenue, New Rochelle, New York, red brick, low-rise, shot through with blacks and Puerto Ricans and then a smattering of us immigrants, the rest mostly white people of modest means, everyone …

Practicing The Subtle Art Of Detachment

Why taking a step back is as necessary as moving forward<p>From everything that I recall about my life so far, I can say one thing with absolute …

A Short Story to Change your Long Life.

May your life be long and may it be full of empathy, compassion–and maturity.<p>The meaning of life? This:<p>“The Egg,” by Andy Weir<p>You were on your way …

Christopher Hitchens: “Freedom of speech means freedom to hate.”

<i>This is a lightly edited transcript of the late Christopher Hitchens’ remarks at University of Toronto’s Hart House Debating Club in November 2006.</i> …

The case against pets

A morally just world would have no pets, no aquaria, no zoos. No fields of sheep, no barns of cows. That’s true animal rights<i>By Gary L Francione &</i> …

Human Rights