Higher Education and Research in India: Whither Its Future?

Now that the dust of the pitched verbal battle that ensued from the ministerial words of wisdom over the lack of ‘world-class’ faculty of the IITs and IIMs has somewhat settled, it is pertinent for us to dig a little deeper and weigh Jairam Ramesh’s observations in their appropriate contextual measures.

London Burnt, Paris Stood Still, Madrid Marched, and Delhi Yawns

The headline speaks of my frustration and anger over the over-placid Indian masses. We have learnt to lament the demise of TV Bahus, and get angry over the dismal defeat of the Dare Devils. We have learnt to live in blips, in Jameson’s “Perpetual Present”. We have learnt, and yet we have to master the art.

What is this Naqvi thing, anyway?

Yes, Mr. Naqvi, you are not a subject for any discussion, you never was. You are the bait BJP, has hooked to allure Muslim voters, the thing we do...

Responsive People, Irresponsible Media

Mumbai was attacked and we all were terrorized. We saw, we lamented, and we mourned! The way things took shape and are taking shape is indeed...

…And We Will Not Tolerate This!

Indeed sir, you won’t! But does it mean that you are going to take any action against it or do anything about it? The answer, indeed, is no. Not...

Indian Premier League – A Saga of Greed, Corruption and Cricket

The vampire analogy fits the condition of Indian cricket well, which, in order to expand its reach and bank balance, embraced an experiment which turned it into something like a vampire – IPL. It is neither cricket nor entertainment, but a smudged outcome of the two, out of which an obscene face of in-your-face, soft-core pornography is visible, if you care to see – the hard-core ones are out with its commissioner Lalit Modi.

…And We Will Not Tolerate This!

Indeed sir, you won’t! But does it mean that you are going to take any action against it or do anything about it? The answer, indeed, is no. Not tolerating and acting against is not the same thing. Action requires being proactive, whereas ‘not tolerating’ requires...

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What is this Naqvi thing, anyway?

Yes, Mr. Naqvi, you are not a subject for any discussion, you never was. You are the bait BJP, has hooked to allure Muslim voters, the thing we do when we go fishing. Even if you are an object, there is no clear idea about what kind of object you are? Let’s talk about...

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Two Mails that killed Whitenoise

Prologue These two mails marked the end of Whitenoise. This brain-child of mine came into existence to make the living simple and facts more reliable. In our over communicated society marketing message is everywhere, everyone claims to be best or number one (a few on...

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Trading with icicidirect.com

It's not easy to deal with the best companies, leader of the pack. They make big claims, to be the best, on time services, no waiting line etc., but their services suck, big time. ICICI bank is one such company. In the name of superior services, they'll create all...

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Thinking Media

Two things happened recently. One can be labelled important, while another should be called a piece of scrap. What’s important is the timing, how they coincided. I, just finished, Anderson Cooper’s, CNN foreign correspondent, book Dispatches from the edge and couple...

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Second Encounter

Hi Folks, I had wonderful time sharing the experience I had with HP Gift Redemption Cell (To read the complete story please see the relevant entry). This is the second and very fresh experience, u can even smell the blood on my cuffs. This time my mistake was to order...

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A Date with Hewlett-Packard (HP)

Introduction I was quite enthusiastic when I bought my Tablet PC from Hewlett-Packard (HP). And adding onto my excitement was offer of getting free iPod Shuffle and other gifts from HP. But this excitement was bound to be short lived, as I was dealing with a highly...

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