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Arthashastra – 2000 Year Old Treatise on Policy Making

Chanakya, aka Kautilya, is an unforgettable character in Indian history. Known for his strategic genius and warcraft, he authored Arthashastra around 2000 years ago. The book was originally written…

Youth Development Conference

I had the opportunity of sharing some thoughts at the Youth Development Conference organized by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports at Delhi on December 19th, 2016. Transcript of…

Benefits of Living in Another Country for Sometime

I recently spent four months in the US for a semester exchange program. This was the longest period I have been out of India. Living away from home…

A Case for Passive Euthanasia

First published at DailyO on 20th August 2016.   Article 21 of the Constitution, considered as fundamental to all fundamental rights, provides for protection of life and personal…

Cowspiracy – A film you shouldn’t miss

Once in a while, you come across a film that triggers your thoughts, questions your beliefs and inspires you internally. Cowspiracy is one of them. It’s not just a…

Local Governance in America

As a student of local governance, I attended two city council meetings in the state of Indiana, USA. This synopsis is to share my experiences of witnessing American…

Why India Votes?

Book Review: Mukulika Banerjee, Why India Votes?, (Routlegde, 2014, pp.286, ₹595 pbk)   The book ‘Why India Votes?’ is based on an ethnographic study of the 2009 general…

Photography – Ostrich

Ostriches are unique birds. One, because they cannot fly! But also, have some peculiar and amazing characteristics. An ostrich can run as fast as 70 km/hr. That is…

Photography – Peacock

If system does not provide it, we create it

A couple of nights ago, I saw the lights in my room fluctuating. I got out and saw a similar problem in other rooms. There were even some…