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Now what?

Gauri Lankesh was executed. What else do you call a bullet in the forehead? We know why. The question to those who did it and those with whose support they did it is, ‘Now...

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Dhan ki Baat

I read this article with great interest. http://epaper.newindianexpress.com/c/21887818 The final sentence is salutary. I want to add that whether governments or judges guard or curtail rights will depend on what we, the people, do about it. Active citizenship is not...

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Turkish Delight

There are four things that I have learnt in building a leadership consulting practice across the globe that are related to Customer Service. They are:The customer is not always right but the customer is always the customer.All rules related to customers must be...

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Which God?

My take on the situation in our country today is that the BJP must decide what it is - bird or beast. It must decide what its core ideology is. I am happy to do a Core Ideology Workshop for them and the RSS if they want. The problem is that they seem to be confused in...

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Musings from my twilight

"Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact.Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth." -Marcus AureliusMarcus Aurelius was a stoic and a man of great wisdom; very unusual in a ruler. So, I present my musings to you as something from my perspective and not...

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Ahem! Pardon me, may I say something?

We are living in a country that appears to have gone mad. All sane voices are being silenced. All insanity is being given free reign. Since fascists don’t read history it has no lessons for them. For it is too easy to see what happened every single time to those who...

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Eulogy or Elegy?

First the words;Eulogy: a speech or piece of writing that praises someone or something highly, especially a tribute to someone who has just died.Elegy: An elegy is a sad poem, usually written to praise and express sorrow for someone who is dead. But...

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My dear friend MP

Today was the first day in my life when I received the news of the passing away of two of my childhood friends. One was Chandramohan Agarwal, my classmate all through school in the Hyderabad Public School and the other was Mohammed, the son of Nawab Habib Jung....

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Come to the Okavango

First there was the dry. Then it rained high up and far away in the mountains. And water flowed. Life giving water filled the river banks and overflowed. Life giving water which itself gives up its life in a few months when it sinks into the sands of the Kalahari...

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Of humanity, not airlines

https://civicskunk.works/the-united-story-isnt-about-customer-service-it-s-about-class-warfare-52e47b455f2eI travel all the time, but never on United. I agree with all that has been said in this article. However, my question is not about airlines though I support...

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Indian Muslims, Looking ahead

If you want to be successful, you must respect one rule: never lie to yourself.            ~ Paulo CoelhoUP elections are over and the results are out. They are surprising for some of us who have become used to living...

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Madrassa education in India – what needs to change

“In order to change an existing paradigm, you do not struggle to try and change the problematic model. You create a new model and make the old one obsolete.” ~ R. Buckminster FullerScopeThe purpose of this article is to help the graduates of Madaaris (Ulama) to become...

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To train or to entertain

The dilemma of the modern corporate enter-trainerOne of my friends who is a corporate trainer/teacher/facilitator, wrote to me on Teacher’s Day and talked about how the nature of training/teaching has changed.Observation: attitudes of students have changed…Guru is not...

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Manjapettai – Yellow Ridge

In Lower Sheikalmudi Estate, on the other side of Sholayar Dam in the Anamallais, we had a coffee area which was adjacent to the reserve forest. The coffee presented open grazing area to the Sambar and Gaur that live in the reserve forest. They did not damage the...

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Is it a bird or is it a plane? Homeschooling concerns

Of late I, have been reading many articles on ‘Homeschooling’ – which term when written like this seems to have acquired the status of legitimacy instead of being wrong spelling. The need for a hyphen is apparently no longer felt. ‘Home’ and ‘School’ are evidently no...

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Of Mistakes and Crimes

A mistake is one that is made by mistake (sic) and a crime is one that is done deliberately.A mistake must obviously be forgiven. A crime is culpable but can also be forgiven. This is the peculiarity of Islamic Law that even a crime as serious as murder can simply be...

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Grass Hills

The Anamallai Hills are a ridge that is between three thousand five hundred to six thousand feet high and goes like the backbone of an elephant right down the Western side of India to the tip of the subcontinent. Even though it is not called by this name all along...

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Respect earns respect

There are ocean people and others who are mountain people; and yet others who are city people. I, am of the forest people. Wildlife, open spaces, mountains and forests have always been a very significant influence in my life. There is an instant connection that I find...

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Is Islam a religion of peace?

Question:    How can we say that Islam is a religion of peace when it advocates all kinds of violence and its believers engage in violence in many places in the world?Answer:       This type of question is very common in...

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