Monday, 20 March 2017

When funding is denied, everything is denied

I am really struck at the end of this article since I could not land in a conclusion about the education system. I leave it to the readers.

'When equality is denied, everything is denied.' This was the words in the last Facebook post of Jawaharlal Nehru University research scholar Muthukrishnan Jeevanantham before his alleged suicide. It has left behind a lot of questions in the minds of educationalists and academicians on the current situation of research scholars being discriminated inside campuses, facing obstacles and delay in getting fellowship for their projects.

When I recently interacted with several research scholars hailing from various parts of Tamil Nadu in some of the premier State-run institutions, including Madras University, Bharathidasan University and Anna University, I could see that the researchers face many hurdles.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

பெண்களைக் கொண்டாடுங்கள்... தினங்களை விடுங்கள்

உன்னைக் கொண்டாட ஒரு தினம் போதுமா
களைப்பே உன் உழைப்பின் மீதமா

பெண் பிறப்பைச் சாபமென்றான் சாத்திரம் பேசியவன்
தன் பிறப்பின் மூலமே பெண்ணென்று மறந்தான்
உன் உறுப்பை மட்டுமே தேவையென்றறிந்தான்
பெண் சிறப்பு என்னென்று அறியாமல் திரிந்தான்

Monday, 6 March 2017

Nothing to do with Islam but, it is all about the individual

When there is a perception over an individual or a large community across the world, it is not so easy to change in a short span. It takes decades for them to come out of the identity, be it a positive or a negative shade. So is in the case of the followers of Islam after the 9/11 attack at WTO towers in the USA. But, that shade has been rapidly fading out to nowhere in the present scenario claims some known faces. I recently had an opportunity to interact with award-winning story-teller and leading stand-up comedian Aman Ali from New York City on the sidelines of the meeting organised at Amir Mahal, the residence of Prince of Arcot, Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali. It was an enlightening session for me as I really went through certain eye brow rising facts during our conversation.