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Public policy, Freedom, Life expectancy, Global Happiness Index

Learning from exemplary life stories of common folks who stayed positive and beat the odds

Their stories become especially useful because they are pointers to guiding public policy.


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RSS, Pluralism, Freedom, Independence day 2018

India at 71: The idea of independence

It is not merely individual choice, but the availability of plural worlds and alternatives.


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Freedom, Fake news, India at 71, Independence day 2018

A new Independence, and a new partition

On our 71st Independence Day, we face a new narrative of us versus them, which is only leading to echo chambers. We need to listen to each other much more, and push away only words of hate.


 |  8-minute read
Knowledge, Freedom, India at 71, Independence day 2018

Be truly free - Break bonds of history, ties of sentiment

India wriggles miserably between confusions over the West and hazy sentiment about its own past. In the process, it's losing its grip on both. Independence Day should liberate us from this sorry scene.


 |  5-minute read
Freedom, India at 71, 72nd independence day, Independence day 2018

India at 71: The well-kept secret about independence

To restrict this to the celebration of a political event is a myopic understanding of what 'independence' is.


 |  6-minute read
Freedom, Hindutva, Independence Day, India at 71

Being independent in today's India

For many Indians, 'índependence' has always had a political ring. But there is so much more to this.


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Freedom, Independence, Scientific temper, Nehru

Why the millennial fed on WhatsApp forwards hates Nehru so much

Jawaharlal Nehru was the first to use the phrase 'scientific temper' in his seminal work The Discovery of India in 1946.


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Freedom, Feminism, Durgabai Deshmukh

Lessons from one of India’s first feminist freedom fighters

Dr Durgabai Deshmukh went on to become a member of the Constituent Assembly.


 |  PARIS DIARY  |  5-minute read
Freedom, Family, Festivals, Holi

Why I chose pleasure over pressure this Holi

It's the kind of festival that brings a free-for-all anything-goes mad freedom.


 |  Wild Ways  |  6-minute read
Freedom, Wildlife Protection Act, Sariska, Leopards

Who to blame for man-eating leopard on the prowl in Sariska

Neither are all leopards evil, nor should an animal be handled forcibly by people and then be expected to behave normally when freed.