Bring Down The Racists (Part II) | Swagat Baruah

Swagat Baruah This is the second and the part of the series on the debate on bringing down statues of human rights violators. Click here for the first part. Such movements are gathering storm around the world and the question that it seeks to address is how a country must deal with a history carrying human rights violation and human rights offenders. However, let us … Continue reading Bring Down The Racists (Part II) | Swagat Baruah

Net Neutrality in Indonesia | Tejas Rao

Article 28 provides a clear hint that freedom of expression cannot be exercise not in accordance with the attribution from the law. This hint generates contradiction which what is the essence of freedom of expression when to express it, the law plays major role to determine what can be expressed, rather than the decision from the people itself. Once again, Electronic Information & Transaction (EIT) Law will be quite an example of this situation. Continue reading Net Neutrality in Indonesia | Tejas Rao

The Left, The Right and The Ugly: The Force Awakens | Sujoy Sur

Since the Biblical figure of Jesus, barring John Ball, there have been many people who have advocated against the tyranny of the few leading to the oppression of the many. The two most famous of them being Adam Smith and Karl Marx. Smith, a professor in Moral Philosophy, propagated that men are the best judge of themselves, which includes their ability to sell their skill and labor. Continue reading The Left, The Right and The Ugly: The Force Awakens | Sujoy Sur

Anti-Intellectualism in American & Indian Life | Ramachandra Guha

The parallels with contemporary India are striking. Narendra Modi’s victory in 2014 has emboldened the Hindutva core to launch a full-fledged attack on independent-minded scholars and writers. Their language is far more crude than the Republicans of 1950s America; but the essence of their characterization, or dismissal, is the same. Instead of ‘pretentious, conceited, effeminate, and snobbish’ they use ‘libtard, Aaptard, sickular, 10 Janpath bootlicker, toadie of the Italian waitress’, etc. Continue reading Anti-Intellectualism in American & Indian Life | Ramachandra Guha

Slavery in India: No Road to Freedom | Swagat Baruah

We must not hold onto vacuous optimism for there is nothing to be optimistic about. We must not rest our hopes in our future for it cannot exist without us mending our ways and we must not delegate this task unto the posterity for the history of caste system tells us that it existed as a norm in the past, spun out as an abnormality in the recent past and is now still a complete norm.  Continue reading Slavery in India: No Road to Freedom | Swagat Baruah

Total Football Philosophy and the AFC Ajax of 1970s (Part 1) | Shantanu Singh

Elsewhere and some 15 years before the final, Willy Meisl, a football writer, had written a book called the Soccer Revolution. Quite the football futurist’s letter to the world, he had argued through the book that the modern game would be a spectacle where the defenders would know how to attack and the attackers would know how to defend. This, to him, was the revolution to come in the world of football. Continue reading Total Football Philosophy and the AFC Ajax of 1970s (Part 1) | Shantanu Singh

Internet Socialisation & Murder | Mitakshara Medhi

It is a common notion (even researched to some extent), that the internet leads to depression, and low self-esteem. But what people do not try to bring into this debate is how the internet, despite so many innumerable drawbacks, is a necessity. Evidence also suggests that if you are not on Facebook, for instance, you will be perceived as a sociopath by your employers. Continue reading Internet Socialisation & Murder | Mitakshara Medhi