Sun. Aug 25th, 2019

The Seer

Read, Think, Act


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I do not have the expertise to comment on the cinematic excellence of the movie but I can talk to you about the emotions that this movie stirred within me.

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अपराध बनाम राजनीति। अपराध क्या है? राजनीति क्या है? क्या दोनों एक दूसरे के पर्याय…

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Contrary to popularly held usual suspects like malnourishment, parents’ non-cooperation, teachers’ salary and other associated incentives, Duflo holds the ‘tyranny of the curriculum’ to be the major roadblock for a child transitioning from ‘learn-to-read’ to ‘read-to-learn’ space. The race of completing the curriculum irrespective of what children can do makes it a challenging experience for the students and the teachers alike. Right to Education has only pushed this thought further into our schooling systems.

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Expressing regret is only the first step to an apology and not the end to it. An apology is complete only when you take responsibility for what happened and make amends.

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Anitha’s might not be the same story as Rajani’s but the struggle is no different. Their fights against the odds, the trauma and the tragedy that ensued are all the same. One might say suicide is not the answer to such troubles. I agree and I am not approving of suicide either but I would not hold it against them either. I had been there and I have known how it feels to stand at the brink of the world and watch your last string of hope being brutally severed. It takes an unfathomable amount of courage keep fighting at such desperate times and not everyone is lucky enough to find it within them. As much as I wish that both Rajani and Anitha had had the strength to go on, I detest the fact that lives had to be sacrificed before voices are heard.

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Gilbert F. White, popularly known as the ‘father of floodplain management’ once remarked “Floods are ‘acts of God’, but flood losses are largely acts of man.”

In the UN report, “The Human Cost of Weather Related Disasters”, it is said that between 1995-2015, 157,000 people have died as a result of floods and 2.3 billion people have been affected by it.

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करीब १२-१३ बरस का था। नए पड़ोसी आये थे उस दिन।  माँ ने मुझे उनकी मदद करने के लिए भेजा।  एक ट्रक भर कर सामान था। काफी चीज़ें थीं। घर में उनके बस सिन्हा अंकल खुद, उनकी पत्नी और उनकी बेटी थी। आंटी और बेटी तो अंदर बैठ गए, सो मैंने और अंकल ने मिलकर सारा सामान उतारा और अंदर रखा।  थालियाँ, चम्मच, मिक्सर ग्राइंडर – मुझसे तो यही उठ रहे थे।  करीब तीन से चार घंटों में ये काम पूरा हुआ। अंकल ने अंदर आकर बैठने को कहा। यही सोचकर कि कुछ खाने पीने को मिलेगा, मैं अंदर बैठ गया।

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To what end do these moths, which do an appearing act at the end of a shower infused with life by street lights and CFLs, bulbs and tubes, live when they are destined to die within a span of few minutes? What is the purpose of their lives, I asked sniggering at the constrained nature of knowledge. And in the same breath of thought, this comes to me: are they (moths) better than the humans who have to live every day on the margins?