Moving COVID-19 control from governments to communities

This is an edited version of an op-ed for a newspaper that did not see the light of day. Some of the ideas expressed may be dated given the rapidly evolving nature of COVID-19, but the op-ed was addressing the nationally applied lockdown situation prevalent then. The central “dogma” though of moving action from a…… Continue reading Moving COVID-19 control from governments to communities

Tukde Tukde hum nahin, tumhara tootna mumkin hai

टुकड़े टुकड़े हम नहीं, तुम्हारा टूटना मुमकिन है – उमेश श्रिनिवसनयह जो बैर के पहाड़ खड़े किए हैं तुमनेसोचा होगा के हैं हिमालय से भी बुलंदहम नहीं जियेंगे इनके साए मेंनफ़रत के टुकड़े कर देंगेटुकड़े टुकड़े हम नहीं, तुम्हारा टूटना मुमकिन हैजाओ रेंगते उसी गुफाह में जहाँ से साँप बनकर निकले हो तुम्हारा ज़हेर ना…… Continue reading Tukde Tukde hum nahin, tumhara tootna mumkin hai

We’re not scared, not cowed…

Further to the lovely poetry and music that the recent protests across the country have been producing (see my recent post on Madara’s Tukde Tukde Kaun?), here’s two more that we ought to celebrate. The first one is (possibly) by Vishal Bharadwaj that he recited at the Carter Road protests at Bandra (Mumbai), that apparently…… Continue reading We’re not scared, not cowed…

Bird Brains Open Quiz @ Bangalore Bird Day 2019

Bird Brain: The Open Bird Quiz announced on the Bangalore Bird Day 2019 site Since 2016, Bangalore has had the distinction of hosting the Bangalore Bird Day every year. This year, they introduced a Bird Quiz which was put together by L Shyamal & me. The quiz had an enthusiastic participation with over 50 teams…… Continue reading Bird Brains Open Quiz @ Bangalore Bird Day 2019

An anthem for the times: Madara’s Tukde Tukde gang

Nothing like music to communicate the anger and passion which sparks within. As the year winds down and the anger runs high, hip-hop artist Rahul Negi, who raps under the name Madara has released what I think will find a huge following among the political churning ongoing among several young people in the country. The…… Continue reading An anthem for the times: Madara’s Tukde Tukde gang