ಸೋಲಿಗ ಸಿರಿ/Soliga Siri

I have been wanting to upload this book written by Somasundaram and Jade Gowda about various aspects of the day-to-day life of the Soliga people (ಜನಜೀವನ), their folk-songs (ಜಾನಪದ), some extracts of their cultural heritage (ಪರಂಪರೆ) and reflections on the theme of world peace based on the Adivasi culture. The first author has literally built…… Continue reading ಸೋಲಿಗ ಸಿರಿ/Soliga Siri

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

Goodbye Jadeswamy

“Sir, pls confirm if yellow-throated bulbul is seen near forest IB” This was his last message to me a few days back. Jadeswamy was checking with me if the bird he saw was indeed the bird  considered globally threatened and seen only in stony parts of several south Indian hills. He was watching it near his…… Continue reading Goodbye Jadeswamy

Painting with a broad brush: Stereotyping “tribal” identity

Yet another “tribal” story in a national newspaper. Based on my reading, the story is based on the seizure of a consignment of ghee packets at a forest checkpost by the department. Clearly this indicates that some of the ghee packets under a government scheme are finding ways into private markets for sale. Several reports…… Continue reading Painting with a broad brush: Stereotyping “tribal” identity

Of absurd letters and misplaced priorities

It is not too rare to see very bizarre letters. In fact, there have been letters unearthed from over 2000 years ago from the dawn of writing itself often written by people who wanted to complain about services or to authorities. More recent funny letter compilations abound on the Internet, many of them quite lame leave letters supposedly written…… Continue reading Of absurd letters and misplaced priorities