Can Atlas Cycles make a comeback?

Advertisements I wrote this for @moneycontrolcom and the inspiration came from my brother. More than a decade after he left high school, he invested in a bicycle. This reminded me of our favourite wheels as children — Atlas cycles. COVID-19 and the restrictions it imposed had clearly tested the patience of thousands like him who… Continue reading Can Atlas Cycles make a comeback?

7 Things Govt Could Have Done To Stop the Delhi Riots

Advertisements 7-things-govt-could-have-done-to-stop-the-delhi-riotsDownload The law, judgments and precedents are unanimous: the police are empowered, can and must take urgent action to curb rioting. As former police chiefs tell us, the Delhi riots could have been stopped at many levels and stages. They were not. First published in Article-14. PALLAVI SINGH New Delhi: The toll in the… Continue reading 7 Things Govt Could Have Done To Stop the Delhi Riots

Sec 144, CrPC: Is the law being misused? I find out

Advertisements Here is a piece I wrote for Article 14 on Section 144 of the CrPC: why-2-courts-stopped-police-from-using-a-colonial-lawDownload This is the law that has been used by the police only too frequently to put restrictions on anti-CAA protests across India. But is such frequent use an abuse of the law? Read to find out.

Five Ways You Could Reduce Inequality in Daily Life

Advertisements Start the new year by worrying less about things you can’t control and doing something about what you can. Inequality, for example. Photo credit: wikimedia.commons.org It’s a loaded term, alright, but let’s think like economists and see where exactly in our daily lives could we make a difference to mitigate inequality. So here are… Continue reading Five Ways You Could Reduce Inequality in Daily Life

Don’t Let TikTok Play You!

Advertisements I couldn’t resist my curiosity to find out more about TikTok, the social media app that’s bringing the mass following for scores of people from India’s hinterland. Watching all those TikTok people for a couple of days, I am left with an overpowering sense of fatigue. I know I qualify to be judgemental, elitist… Continue reading Don’t Let TikTok Play You!

Education Is A Great Leveller And IITs Do It Best

Advertisements I have always felt that IITs have been the subject of unfair criticism over the years. I think IITs flowed with the liberalization wave of India. Indian economy opened and offered IITians a chance to go all over the world. Brain drain happened and media reportage on big salaries for IITians became the sensational… Continue reading Education Is A Great Leveller And IITs Do It Best

Kabir Singh Doesn’t Exist In An Alternate Universe. Fellow Feminists, It’s Time To Accept It

Advertisements Though it’s a bit late in the day, here are my thoughts on Kabir Singh, the movie, which has been trashed by feminists as utterly vile and sickening for the sheer misogyny of its lead character played by Shahid Kapoor. A few critics have argued that Kabir Singh, the character, is so misogynistic that… Continue reading Kabir Singh Doesn’t Exist In An Alternate Universe. Fellow Feminists, It’s Time To Accept It

My Best Friend, an IITian

Advertisements Before you read this piece, you need to read my Newslaundry piece on the contribution of the IITs in uplifting lives. Both pieces are valid, and share a few common threads. I wrote this and then I wrote the other one, feeling extremely overwhelmed by this thought-provoking piece penned by Sandipan Deb. I know… Continue reading My Best Friend, an IITian

WHAT ATISHI’S DEFEAT AND PRAGYA SINGH THAKUR’S WIN TELL US ABOUT INDIA

Advertisements More than 100 years ago, in the iconic Citizenship In A Republic speech, US President Theodore Roosevelt outlined the key drivers of a successful republic: the quality of its citizens and high calibre political leaders who would hold the average citizen to a high standard—not just by words, but by deeds as well. The… Continue reading WHAT ATISHI’S DEFEAT AND PRAGYA SINGH THAKUR’S WIN TELL US ABOUT INDIA

What Atishi’s defeat and Pragya Singh Thakur’s win tell us about India

Advertisements More than 100 years ago, in the iconic Citizenship In A Republic speech, US President Theodore Roosevelt outlined the key drivers of a successful republic: the quality of its citizens and high calibre political leaders who would hold the average citizen to a high standard—not just by words, but by deeds as well. The… Continue reading What Atishi’s defeat and Pragya Singh Thakur’s win tell us about India