History of Democracy and Education (and how British colonialism dismantled it)

This article is about the history of democratic culture in India and how it has shaped our present system of education and therefore our lives. It talks about how traditional education system before and during the time of the East India Company, how the school system changed during British rule with the introduction of the English language and its far …

Red Earth and Pouring Rain

குறிஞ்சி – தலைவன் கூற்று யாயும் ஞாயும் யாரா கியரோ, எந்தையும் நுந்தையும் எம்முறைக் கேளிர், யானும் நீயும் எவ்வழி யறிதும், செம்புலப் பெயனீர் போல, அன்புடை நெஞ்சம் தாங்கலந் தனவே. -செம்புலப் பெயனீரார் What is my mother to yours? What kin is my father to yours anyway ? And how did you and I ever meet ? But in love our hearts have mingled Like red earth and …

Ekla Chalo Re ..

যদি তোর ডাক শুনে কেউ না আসে তবে একলা চলো রে।একলা চলো, একলা চলো, একলা চলো, একলা চলো রে॥যদি কেউ কথা না কয়, ওরে ওরে ও অভাগা,যদি সবাই থাকে মুখ ফিরায়ে সবাই করে ভয়—তবে পরান খুলেও তুই মুখ ফুটে তোর মনের কথা একলা বলো রে॥যদি সবাই ফিরে যায়, ওরে ওরে ও অভাগা,যদি গহন পথে যাবার কালে কেউ ফিরে না চায়—তবে …

Shakti Alone

The deeper we look, the more we shall be convinced that the one thing wanting, which we must strive to acquire before all others, is strength—strength physical, strength mental, strength moral, but above all strength spiritual which is the one inexhaustible and imperishable source of all the others. If we have strength, everything else will be added to us easily …

Grant Me ..

Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain but for the heart to conquer it. Let me not look for allies in life’s battlefield but to my own strength. Let me not crave in anxious fear to be saved but hope for …

To Mother (India) ..

O YOUNG through all thy immemorial years! Rise, Mother, rise, regenerate from thy gloom, And, like a bride high-mated with the spheres, Beget new glories from thine ageless womb! The nations that in fettered darkness weep Crave thee to lead them where great mornings break . . . . Mother, O Mother, wherefore dost thou sleep? Arise and answer for …

A Comedy of Errors

What was the first character that you ever wrote ? These days it is in vogue to start children off with a foreign alphabet – English in particular. Some argue that a language is merely a medium of communication and with rapid globalization, English will predominate as the language of future monoculture. Arguably it is India’s large English-speaking population that …