I’ve been thinking long and hard about this. How we’re possibly looking straight in the eyes of a vaccine for COVID. The headlines are there, the trials have begun. Those of us who didn’t study biochemistry have started to read up on vaccine trials and how long before we’re allowed to go out into the… Continue reading Who really has the vaccine?
Hello, I write to you as one of the many well-wishers of this quaint, Khan Market paradise of yours – a haven of memories and a wonderland of knowledge. This Covid-19 crisis has been a realisation of sorts for all of us. It’s baffling how a microscopic enemy can also be a formidable force against… Continue reading When life comes a Full Circle: An Open Letter
Let's start with a disclaimer: I write this in a personal capacity based on what I have witnessed. This article in no way projects the views of any organisation with which I work. I write as Roshini Suparna Diwakar, independent human being! Now that that's out of the way, I'll tell you a story. I… Continue reading When we engage in poverty tourism
Dear Smt. Smriti Irani, Honourable HRD Minister (Government of India), I write this letter in response to the public announcement that was made by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) on September 8, 2015, requesting all the Members of Parliament (MPs), under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY), to work to achieve 100% literacy by March,… Continue reading An Open Letter to Smt. Smriti Irani – II
Rohith Vemula, one of the five Dalit PhD Research Scholars suspended by the University of Hyderabad (UOH) under circumstances that can be best described as reeking of casteist authoritarianism, committed suicide day before yesterday. His suicide note contains these heartbreaking lines “My birth is my fatal accident. I can never recover from my childhood loneliness.… Continue reading Our Collective Conscience
This is everything on the table: I grew up in the '90s in a middle class, urban, educated family in Bangalore. This is not to say that my parents were rich. My father had lost both his parents by the age of 26, and he worked hard to stay standing on his two feet. I… Continue reading Left, Right, Left: Marching to the Beat of Ideology
In the process of redesigning the national education policy in India, the question of whether the No-Detention Policy (NDP) should be revoked is also being debated. According to the NDP, first given in 2009 under the Right to Education Act, no student can be asked to repeat a grade until the 8th grade. I am… Continue reading Retain, Not Detain
September 28, 2015 Dear Smt. Smriti Irani, Honourable HRD Minister (Government of India), I write this letter in response to the public announcement made by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD Ministry), requesting all the Members of Parliament (MPs) to work to achieve 100% literacy by March, 2016, in one chosen village from their… Continue reading An Open Letter to Smt. Smriti Irani