MAY DAY MUSINGS

Government is today the largest employer in the organised sector. It also has emerged as a very big employer for people with temporary status who lack social security of any kind. The casualisation of labour is reflected in the govt set up too. It looks like we have closed our eyes to the reality of the non-regular workers. Some steps that govt can take to make the work condition just and honourable. Those in the govt need to turn their attention to this sector which allows for exploitation by the contractors, hiring agencies etc. Musings on the May Day

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Democracy as Spectacle

Exit polls and the media created hysteria around it is a spectacle that hides behind it a lot of things which needs more attention. French media theorist Guy Debord has said that modern world lives in a spectacle society. The media is its carrier and vital force. Since media and democratic processes have got so deeply enmeshed with each other, it is almost impossible to separate the two. This process of turning everything into an spectacle has dangerous consequences for both society and democracy by corrupting and distorting the meaning and understanding of democracy.
The write up analyses the flaw behind the spectacles such as exit polls and draws attention to our role as conscious, conscientious citizens of the country.

Tamenglong- A Visual Diary

It is a visual diary of Tamenglong, a district on the western side of Manipur bordering Nagaland. It is a Naga majority district. Not quite popular among tourists or others, this place has stunning beauty.
The photo essay seeks to capture its culture, food, land and people as they appear to a visitor

Uber- Slavery Behind the Digital Veil

Uber is the poster boy of the Sharing economy. Since its inception in 2009, it has expanded rapidly across the world. However, drivers working for Uber have been protesting against it in India as they did earlier in London and many other cities. They claim to be Uber’s worker while company says they are contractors. The relationship between drivers and the company is completely behind a digital veil which helps Uber in denying them any benefits. Drivers are angry. The write up explores the implications of sharing economy for worker’s right in the context of Uber.

#OneNationOneElection!

The idea of holding simultaneous elections for Lok Sabha and State Assemblies has come into focus recently. It is being projected as a ‘game changing’ idea that would cut cost and make the system more efficient. What lies behind it ? Is it really a ‘revolutionary idea’? On closer examination it seems to be a deeply problematic concept which needs to be looked at critically. It may attack at the very roots of democratic system as envisaged in the constitution. We need to be wary of this idea that is apparently in line with what Pratap Bhanu Mehta has called ‘permanent revolution’. Blog explores this proposition .

The Social Psychology of Sainthood

Mother Teresa got Sainthood through the process of canonisation. But society has many ways of choosing its saints and conferring the honour on them. In contrast to the institutional method, there is a subaltern, organic method which keeps creating saints in the society. It’s, in a sense, society’s way of paying gratitude to those who serve it selflessly. The write up explores the social psychology behind this process in the context of some recent examples like Sant Mehi Das or ancient traditions like St.Guinefort within Christianity.

Eating Atom Bomb to Plucking Jalebi from Tree

It is a light hearted look at the world a few decades ago. Growing up in a small place in Bihar, I never thought Atom Bomb was an unusual name for a sweet. Cold drink was not yet part of people’s daily food and was still looked at as an intruder, however alluring. Jalebi could be a fruit or a sweet, depending upon where you are and of course, Ghebar and Jaleba retained their place as sweet memories of changing times.