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Environment Watch- Anthropocene: Here I Come !!!


About a fortnight ago, a group of geoscientists gathered at Cape Town, South Africa, and have recommended that mankind’s impact on Mother Earth has been so profound in recent years, that it is time to describe a new geological epoch in the history of earth, calling it Anthropocene (Anthropo, from the Greek for humankind, and cene from the Greek kainos, Latinised as caenus or cene, meaning new). […]

Environment Watch- Anthropocene: Here I Come !!!2017-02-13T23:37:47+05:30

Polity Watch – Grammar of Anarchy and Ambedkar !!!


Five Excerpts From Ambedkar’s Historic ‘Grammar of Anarchy’ Speech On 25 November 1949, a day before the Constitution was formally adopted by the Constituent Assembly, BR Ambedkar rose in the central hall of the Parliament and almost in a prophetic tone delivered a speech which is described as amongst the greatest speeches made in the Indian Parliament. This oration, where Ambedkar reflects on the Indian Constitution, it’s context, nature and possibilities related to it, is now referred to as the ‘Grammar of Anarchy’ speech. While the speech deserves to be read in full, here are five important excerpts from it [...]

Polity Watch – Grammar of Anarchy and Ambedkar !!!2017-02-13T21:56:21+05:30

History Watch – Universities of Ancient India !!!


Unfortunately, the quality of education in most of our institutes is below par. If we delve into our past, we could find renowned seats of higher learning – Nalanda, Takshashila, Vikramashila, Valabhi, Somapura and Odantapuri – that dominated the world higher education system for eighteen hundred years beginning sixth century BC. Scholars from round the globe flocked to these ‘poles of knowledge’. A different scenario is noticeable today. Many meritorious Indian students pursue their higher studies from foreign universities. Nobel laureates – Har Gobind Khorana; Subrahmanyam Chandrasekhar; Dr. Amartya Sen; and Venkatraman Ramakrishnan – did their graduate or post-graduate studies [...]

History Watch – Universities of Ancient India !!!2017-02-13T21:51:29+05:30

Economy Watch – Geographical Indication and India !!!


What is GI :- “Darjeeling”, “Ceylon”, “Assam”, “Kolhapuri”, “Banarasi”, “Champagne”, “Roquefort”, “Chianti”, “Sheffield”, “Camember”, “Havana” are some well-known examples for names which are associated throughout the world with products of a certain nature and quality. One common feature of all these names is their geographical connotation, that is to say, their function of designating existing places ,towns, regions or countries. However,  when we hear these names we think of products rather than the places they designate. […]

Economy Watch – Geographical Indication and India !!!2017-02-13T21:43:57+05:30

Science Watch – 3D Printing !!!


What is 3D printing? 3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three-dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes. In an additive process an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the entire object is created. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object. […]

Science Watch – 3D Printing !!!2017-02-13T21:41:21+05:30

Society Watch – Poor or Destitute ??


Poverty and Destitution:- There is a difference between poverty and destitution, or what I call pauperism. In poverty, it is difficult to make ends meet. You somehow cope, do your level best to add to your income. In destitution, you are simply unable to cope. Excerpts from the interview of Jan Breman :- […]

Society Watch – Poor or Destitute ??2017-02-13T21:30:08+05:30

Economy Watch-Inclusive Development :-The quintile income and the poverty line !!!


Inclusive Development :-The quintile income and the poverty line Background:- The rhetoric of “inclusive development” tends often to be lost in vague generalities, when it is not altogether absent in various processes on the ground or in state policy that claims to be inspired by its demands. This note suggests that in at least one specific and restricted area of application – the intersection of poverty, inequality and growth – it should be possible to capture some elementary  aspect of inclusiveness by monitoring trends, set against targets, of the “quintile income” statistic. This statistic, which was proposed in earlier work [...]

Economy Watch-Inclusive Development :-The quintile income and the poverty line !!!2017-02-13T21:21:25+05:30

Ethics Watch-Sports and Ethics – “Citius, altius, fortius”


Sport and Ethics Background :- Corruption, Illegal betting,vested interest have drawn not only Indian sports but sports across worlds over to revisit the spirit of sports in our recent times. Lodha panel latest report vindicates the fact that – overtime sports has lost ground to “Winning” and thus sports ethics has been sidelined . In light of these events it is necessary to understand what has gone wrong with sports . Is sports is all about winning ? What do we want sports after all. With this questions in mind , lets look and analyze the spirit of sports and [...]

Ethics Watch-Sports and Ethics – “Citius, altius, fortius”2017-02-13T21:04:44+05:30