Conveniently Blind

Update: La Tomatina Cancelled! Sanity prevails!

http://www.ndtv.com/article/cities/bangalore-s-tomatina-festival-cancelled-134173

Note: The tone of the article is not pleasant. Reflects my frustration. And I took no pain to hide it.

Just spare a thought for that young kid on the road. He hasn’t had anything to eat for the past two days. And now, he stares at people throwing food at each other, food being indiscriminately wasted, food being used for entertainment and ‘celebration’, in the name of La Tomatina.

Celebration of what? A most outrageous, inhuman celebration that smacks of arrogance and ignorance. A pure sadistic pleasure of destroying food that could well have formed somebody’s meal. (more…)

When diluting an acid makes it lethal

No, this is not an article on the chemistry of the Bhopal Gas tragedy. My chemistry is way too poor for me to explain that.

Note:

  1. I’ve provided links and references as footnotes wherever I deemed it to be significant.
  2. I apologise if my article hurts the sentiments of any readers, my intention is to make people realise what happens in the event of a disaster. I sincerely wish and hope that no disaster ever occurs.
  3. I am *NOT* a doomsayer.

Flashback – 1984, Bhopal

Do I even need to remind what happened? I am not diving into the specifics of what happened. I am mentioning this so that you can have some statistics as a reference for the rest of the article.

Number of people murdered : 15,000 (possibly more) [1]

Compensation                         : $ 470 million (which the government itself agreed to be inadequate) [2] (more…)

India – The Largest Car Manufacturer

Thought it was Japan? Nope, not even Toyota can compete with the Indian industry. We have an excellent set-up. We also have a distinct advantage over the Japanese. Here, the cars themselves want to be made and be sold in the market. No, I am not talking about the Maruti 800s or the Tata Indicas. I have a completely different picture of the “car”. The industry that I am referring to is not the traditional car manufacturing industry, but the highly lucrative Education Industry which produces ultra-sophisticated cars. Make no mistake, these cars have the self-motivation to be perfect and advertise for themselves to be sold.

We keep hearing the garb about education being commercialised, being commoditised, losing its value, (more…)

A Remedy Worse Than The Disease

Update

http://www.thehindu.com/op/2010/05/09/stories/2010050950031200.htm

http://www.thehindu.com/edu/2010/04/05/stories/2010040550100400.htm

Preface

Out of the numerous challenges our country is facing, one problem with which most readers can relate themselves to is the issue of higher education. The quality of higher education is poor and equitable access to higher education is absent. No doubt, it is a disease which demands our attention and a cure at the earliest.

The Quack’s Cure

Utilising the services of highly educated Netas, the Indian government set about finding the cure. They finally found the problem: (more…)

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