Archive for the “Politics” category

Odd/Even rule and fighting Delhi’s air pollution

by Ritwik on December 7, 2015

Kejriwal government’s decision on odd/even car numbers is politically shrewd but a lot more needs to be done to fight pollution in Delhi.

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NDTV discussion on suspension of Uber and other taxi aggregators

by Ritwik on December 10, 2014

NDTV discussion hosted by Ravish Kumar in which I participated. The topic was the suspension of services of Uber and other taxi aggregators in light of allegations that an Uber driver raped a passenger.

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Suspending Uber’s Services is Politically a Good Decision

by Ritwik on December 8, 2014

When a woman who takes a premium cab, ,she believes she is cordoning herself off from the unsafe conditions which prevail. When the company is caught sleeping at the wheel, not having performed preliminary checks, then people do want to see it punished.

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Are all forms of ‘questioning’ of the same importance?

by Ritwik on November 2, 2014

It is my submission that a ‘Rational’ critique is more substantive, powerful and effective, than other modes of critique. A rational critique offers up features that may be missing in other critiques, namely, a framework of analysis, articulation of alternatives and a replicable, universalizable, systematic approach.

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A word of thanks

by Ritwik on February 23, 2014

Thank you all for making our public meeting on ‘Justice, Human Rights and Media Trials’ organized under the banner of the Campaign for Khurshid Anwar a big success with your enthusiastic and active participation in large numbers. The large Press (…)

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On Tehelka’s rumoured shut down

by Ritwik on January 6, 2014

Strange coincidence that the rise of Tehelka accompanied the fall in fortunes of the BJP, and today when the BJP is in its strongest position ever, Tehelka is on the verge of closure.

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A discussion on trial by media and its ethical limits

by Ritwik on December 27, 2013

A discussion on TV reporting and its ethical limits in the background of Khurshid Anwar’s media trial and his subsequent suicide.It will be an open forum.Prominent journalists will be participating in the discussion.

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Mannequin Lingerie Ban in Mumbai – It’s about controlling women, not men

by Ritwik on May 29, 2013

While the BMC is trying to spin this move as a means to control men by removing from sight a ‘provocative’ object, it should be more than clear that the real attempt is to control women’s sexuality.

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Nandy Controversy – Not isolated but part of a worrying pattern

by Ritwik on January 27, 2013

Here is a former national president of the main opposition party, publicly threatening IT officials. There seems to be no imminent threat to Mr Gadkari’s liberty. In contrast, an academic’s loose comments have attracted non-bailable provisions of the law!

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Delhi gangrape case – protest at India gate!

by Ritwik on December 19, 2012

Please join protest against lack of safety, particularly for women, in Delhi. India Gate, 5pm, 19 December 2012. ——— On demands of castration and death sentences: Its a reflection of the helplessness felt by even our “upper classes” (on fb) (…)

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Corruption, Cash Transfer and Crony Capitalism

by Ritwik on October 22, 2012

We may all have loved office, office and certainly the bribes demanded by a small-time [or big-time] babu to get essential stuff done are insidious and frustrating, but to conceive of corruption primarily in these terms would be a grave folly.

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The cost of 28 seats – analysis of the Congress performance in UP

by Ritwik on March 7, 2012

Rahul Gandhi, and his expensive foreign trained image consultants, tried to project Congress as a party of change, of hope, of decisive action in UP. I leave it to the wisdom of the reader to decide whether any of the above is consistent with the image that was sought to be projected. It appears to me that the actions of the party in the last couple of years have rather been populist, oppurtunistic and given to the worst kind of sectarian and votebank politics.

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