Love Compels

Love compels us to be loving, generous, kind and compassionate towards one another. God lines up divine connections to promote you in life. He uses strangers, and even your enemies to bless you.  You will notice that some will be good to you, encourage you and push you forward, while there will also be some … More Love Compels

Digital campaigning for change

When rapper Sofia Ashraf released her “Kodaikanal Won’t” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSal-ms0vcI) rap song on social media, the fight by Kodaikanal Unilever factory workers against the Mercury Poisoning and the fight for reparations was already nearly 20 years old. Several rights-based organisations and media outfits had extensively covered the incident of mercury dumping and the ill-effects it had … More Digital campaigning for change

A Diminishing Ray of Hope

‘‘Reena’’, called my maid, yelling at her daughter; Skinny, dark and mute, running she came to her mother. Barely thirteen, humble submissive, silently she stood; Screamed my maid and violently struck her good. The poor wretched girl, quietly weeping, sat down washing dishes; Bearing the burn of the soap on her hand having stitches. ‘‘Mamta … More A Diminishing Ray of Hope

Homelessness: Revisiting our Understanding, Creativity in our Solutions

Whether one is disheartened or encouraged by the recently defeated measure voted on in Denver, Colorado “Initiative 300,” which would have allowed for the camping of homeless persons in public spaces, free from harassment or forced relocation (in answer to the previously passed “Urban Camping Ban”), this has undeniably led to further highlight the problem … More Homelessness: Revisiting our Understanding, Creativity in our Solutions

As Much As It Shocks Everybody, The Reality Is That Slavery Still Exists In India

On July 11, India woke up to an unbelievable picture in the Times of India – a picture of 80-year-old Kasi, begging at the feet of officials who came to rescue him and 41 others from bonded labour. Twitterati reacted in disdain, wondering whether bonded labour still existed. Others tweeted with the hashtag #SlaveryExists. As much as it … More As Much As It Shocks Everybody, The Reality Is That Slavery Still Exists In India

Accomplices in complicity- that’s how bad gets worse

Every year, hundreds of children from remote villages in the country move to urban areas in search of better livelihood, some as young as five. Among city folk, helpers at home are more to do with augmenting social standings, as if to appear endowed abundantly and not having to bother about menial tasks. Back home, … More Accomplices in complicity- that’s how bad gets worse

Storytelling – A Tribute to Female Media Persons

Prima facie, this piece is a reflection on the book – “Making News, Breaking News – Her way” edited by Latika Padgaonkar and Shubha Singh which chronicles the narratives of women media persons who have won the prestigious Chameli Devi Jain Award for Outstanding Women Media persons. In reality though, this is a tribute to … More Storytelling – A Tribute to Female Media Persons

Citizens of Nowhere

One of the biggest news stories in the last week was the case of Mohammad Sanuallah, a man declared to be a foreigner by a Foreigners Tribunal and arrested and sent to a detention centre. While his detention has been challenged in the Guwahati High Court, as it is based on a report which has … More Citizens of Nowhere