What is ‘Unlearning-by-Doing’?

'Unlearning-by-Doing' is a play on the classic formulation 'Learning-by-doing' by American pedagogue, John Dewey. Dewey emphasised the role of relevant and practical learning as opposed to passive classroom learning. Unlearning, starts with the central thesis that an individual in a modern nation-state, before they attain the faculties to assess and respond to one's location in … Continue reading What is ‘Unlearning-by-Doing’?

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A Week in Bali

I was in Bali earlier this year. Lush green with rain throughout the year, lakes, rivers and waterfalls, mostly friendly people, excellent sea food, tropical fruits, not entirely urban but not really rural either. There is a huge influx of tourists every year. In fact, if you have been to Bali or at least heard … Continue reading A Week in Bali

Aadhaar 101

If you follow me on twitter, you would have noticed that I tweet quite a bit on 'Aadhaar'. I have also written on Aadhaar for the citizen journalist platform, Global Voices. Aadhaar is leaking the personal data of millions of Indian citizens, no one accountable and you cannot do anything about your leaked data  https://globalvoices.org/2017/05/02/the-worlds-largest-biometric-database-is-leaking-indian-citizens-data-but-keeps-on-growing/Continue reading Aadhaar 101

Professionalism and Careers: What They Don’t Tell You

What does it mean to be professional, as an employee? Doing something you are told, on time, of your own initiative without being a nuisance while being open-minded enough to give suggestions when you think the work that was assigned to you had some issues? Another aspect was to learn to "market" or "brand" yourself … Continue reading Professionalism and Careers: What They Don’t Tell You

On Social Media ‘Debates’, Intellectualism and the Cyber-Left (Rant-ish)

I have stopped arguing with people online, especially with those who say things which you would not have engaged with in the real world. But recently, I had a conversation with a friend over the social media progressives and rightwing rebuttal through the means of satire. A stream of thoughts followed and I am copying … Continue reading On Social Media ‘Debates’, Intellectualism and the Cyber-Left (Rant-ish)

From a Management Information System (MIS) to a Janata Information System (JIS): Suggestions for a People-centric Pro-active Information Disclosure Mechanism

The following are notes from a workshop on 'Mandatory Disclosures and building a Janata Information System' organised by Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sanghatan (MKSS) on 21st and 22nd April, 2017 at Population Foundation of India (PFI), New Delhi. Nikhil Dey of MKSS explained the idea behind a group of people from several organisations in Rajasthan coming … Continue reading From a Management Information System (MIS) to a Janata Information System (JIS): Suggestions for a People-centric Pro-active Information Disclosure Mechanism

Anthony Atkinson, Economist Whose Studies on Inequality Broke New Ground

"Thomas Piketty might be a more famous name in inequality studies today but by the time his magnum opus, Capital in the Twenty-First Century  was published in 2014, Atkinson had already clocked over 40 years of research on issues of distribution of wealth, income and property." https://thewire.in/91649/anthony-atkinson-inequality/ My article on Sir Anthony Atkinson in The … Continue reading Anthony Atkinson, Economist Whose Studies on Inequality Broke New Ground

‘A Feast of Vultures: The Hidden Business of Democracy in India’ by Josy Joseph: A Review

A Feast of Vultures: The Hidden Business of Democracy in India by Josy Joseph My rating: 4 of 5 stars 'A Feast of Vultures' is a collection of articles and some additional material by noted investigative journalist and national security editor of The Hindu, Josy Joseph. In three parts, Joseph describes the grime that lubricates … Continue reading ‘A Feast of Vultures: The Hidden Business of Democracy in India’ by Josy Joseph: A Review

‘The Writing of One Novel’ by Irving Wallace: A Review

The Writing of One Novel by Irving Wallace My rating: 4 of 5 stars 'The Writing of One Novel' by Irving Wallace is the biography of a bestseller of his called 'The Prize', a fictional account of what happened during the course of a week before the presentation of four Nobel Prizes in Stockholm. The … Continue reading ‘The Writing of One Novel’ by Irving Wallace: A Review

‘Cough Syrup Surrealism’ by Tharun James Jimani: A Review

Cough Syrup Surrealism by Tharun James Jimani My rating: 3 of 5 stars My incentive to read 'Cough Syrup Surrealism' was the fact that the author is from Thiruvananthapuram and that somebody from the 90s era would be documenting life as we know it here. I felt ambiguous wading through numerous US and UK pop … Continue reading ‘Cough Syrup Surrealism’ by Tharun James Jimani: A Review

Formalising the Informal Economy (Part 2)

The International Labour Organisation (ILO)'s Report on Comprehensive Employment in India (1972) was the first time the term 'informal sector' was used. Initially migrant rural workers in urban areas who were the poor urban workers were referred to as those in the informal sector. In India, they have also been termed 'unregistered', 'unorganised' and 'unrecorded'. … Continue reading Formalising the Informal Economy (Part 2)

Labour, Employment and Social Protection in India (Part 1)

Labour and Employment Issues From a labour perspective, the population is divided into 'Labour Force' and 'Out of Labour Force'. The Out of Labour Force population consists of students, domestic workers and pensioners while the Labour Force consists of workers and the unemployed. Workers in turn are divided into three by 'activity status': Activity Status, … Continue reading Labour, Employment and Social Protection in India (Part 1)

Does Demonitization Tackle Black Money?: Notes from a Public Meeting

The following is a summary of proceedings of a public meeting organised by the Centre for Financial Accountability and the Public Finance Accountability Collective at Constitution Club, New Delhi on November 18th, 2016. 1) Prabhat Patnaik, Professor Emeritus, Centre for Economic Studies and Planning (CESP), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi According to Prof. Patnaik, … Continue reading Does Demonitization Tackle Black Money?: Notes from a Public Meeting

Calling For An Honest Conversation Between Left And Dalit Bahujan Groups

Source: Countercurrents.org The last few months have seen unprecedented Dalit mobilisation throughout India against attacks by the Sangh fringe forces on Dalits and Muslims and the BJP leadership’s tacit and sometimes not so tacit approval at various levels. State machinery in the form of the Police were stationed on several University campuses with sedition cases … Continue reading Calling For An Honest Conversation Between Left And Dalit Bahujan Groups