On Monday my Op-Ed was published in the Los Angeles Times! In the last several months I have had the pleasure of working with editors at some pretty brag-worthy publications, though with the LA Times I can’t help but devote an entire blog post to my bragging. Shameless, I know. For those who missed it, […]
IN INDIA WE EXPECT OUR PRIME MINISTERS AND PRESIDENTS, though the later are only titular heads, to be in their late sixties or older, to be paragons of virtue – very loyal to their spouses – though they may otherwise lack the acumen to handle a vast country’s complex problems.
And they should preferably belong to a dynasty. If they do we can give them concessions like being in their forties. If they don’t belong to the dynasty, we question his having not having ever lived with a wife he married at a very young age and by arrangement, not his choice. If she belonged to the dynasty no one mentions that she married by choice but separated after becoming a mother twice!
And many Indian politicians lead double lives – of righteousness and high morals for the
THE SECOND DECADE OF THE 21st CENTURY IS SHAPED AND DRIVEN BY SOCIAL MEDIA. A whole new lifestyle is emerging, dictated by these online tools for maintaining virtual interpersonal relations, often without actual contact.
Just as people have begun to feel that there are already too many social media platforms, most of them originating in that Mecca of technology, the United States of America, or in China, one more is being launched, this time from India– the nation that boasts of being both the world’s oldest civilization and the leader in Information Technology. It is called ‘Table2Talk’ and aims at connecting but without the frivolity and loss of privacy that mark many of the platforms today. Continue reading “Will ‘Table2Talk’ Be The Answer?”→
When Pilgrim pride
Committed genocide Did you stand?
When from across the sea
Merchants dealt chattel slavery Did you stand?
When immigrants of all ages
Were paid starvation wages Did you stand?
When Jim Crow did reign
Inflicting bitter pain Did you stand?
When they desecrated sacred Mother Earth
Violating indigenous worth Did you stand?
When imperialism dominated
And atrocities were created Did you stand?
When the police time and time again
Gun down black young men Did you stand?
When the C.I.A. in sin
Flooded the hood with heroin Did you stand?
When trillions were spent on war
And nothing to the poor Did you stand?
Did you stand for every injustice and wrong?
Then why should I stand for your racist song?
YEARS AGO, WHEN I MENTIONED I WAS with some N.G.O.s, someone remarked with a smirk on his face, “Oh, then you must have made a lot of money”.
That symbolizes what many people think of Non-Governmental Organisations or NGOs.
They are more appropriately called non-profits in the USA as not all government bodies need be without profit motive and private organisations include even firms working solely for profit. The UN prefers to call them voluntary organisations and an annual Day of Volunteerism is observed