What is your name?

I know of you now. I know you are a girl. I know you are a student. I know you are young and wanted to live. But, my dear, what is your name? I’ve heard you called: the girl, the woman, nirbhaya, amanat, damini. Names that try to capture you; that try to define you …

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Capital Punishment as deterrent – Flawed reasoning?

This is written in response to the recent article in India Real Time on the rising clamour for Capital Punishment in the wake of the barbaric rape of and assault on a young 23 year old girl in New Delhi. As the headline suggests; the gist of the argument is that Capital Punishment (the focus …

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Can you want for someone to die? – The death penalty as deterrent for rape

The Guardian, yesterday, had an essay in its Science Section titled, ‘The Medicalization of Evil’. Written in the shadow of the horrific slaying of twenty six people, little and big, in Connecticut; the author, a medical historian, makes a case for evil existing in humans for its own sake, unexplainable by medical science. She also laments …

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Julian’s clairvoyance

I have a big wide sheet over my desk Crisscrossed with squares Divided by thin rows and thick columns Each filled with a big bold number In black and red; a day and a date A Gregorian and a Panchaangam. It gives me the comfort of movement Of an uncluttered march forward, Until we get …

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Pranaam

For, Pandit Shri. Ravishankar “Should the music stop Or must it play on?” As reverence or as contrivance Quiet your voices; your voluntary cadences If only for a while. Let the silence of another Rejoin the stillness of the universe. Pandit Ravishankar at the Kremlin–Shanthi Manthram Lyrics: Om Dyauh Shanti; rAntariksham Shantih; Prithivi Shanti; rApah …

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