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Facebook and Apple’s decision to pay for ‘egg freezing’ far from Ideal  

Since ages, capitalism has re-structured families and societies that we live in. The recent decision by Silicon Valley giants like Facebook and Apple giving up to $20,000 in benefits to help employees pay for infertility treatments, sperm donors and even to freeze their eggs is one more addition to this capitalist agenda. It says, Sit back, relax..!!! Let capitalism plan…

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Why I don’t like the Nobel Peace Prize?

Note: This article was written back in 2011 owing to some social media campaigns demanding for Nobel Prize for Irom Sharmila. While I don’t support the demand personally, I also try to describe why the Nobel Peace prize, according to me is nothing to boast of. The opinions expressed here are personal.  Off late, I have witnessed a growing hysteria…

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Floods in Dhemaji-A Photo Essay

There is a saying amongst us in Dhemaji. We say, ‘If you want to see floods, come here! if you have never come here then you’ve not seen floods at all..!!!”. Every word of the saying stands true in Dhemaji-perhaps the most flood affected district in India. It would not be an exaggeration to say, the world. Every year, without fail,…

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SOCIAL MEDIA AND TRADE UNIONS IN INDIA-ARTICLE SERIES

PART-1 Understanding and Breaking the Myths about Social Media among Indian Trade Unions Trade Unions, especially in India, are yet to recognize the immense potential of Social media, and have till yet remain increasingly aloof from using it. Most of the use has been limited to either posting pictures or on some occasions, news about the union activities in Facebook.…

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I am As ‘Indian’ as you Are

The Indian Channel, Sony Entertainment has launched its new promotional ad for the 8th season of its Indian quiz series Kaun Banega Crorepati. (The Indian equivalent of the series ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire”).   The promo features a young girl named Poornima who belongs to the North East along with the host Amitabh Bachchan. When the host quizzes…

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Mothers’ day special: India one of the worst places to be Mom

Today is Mothers’ day. I personally don’t agree with the concept of having a definite day to show our affection/care/love for our mother. For me, rather than making/buying cards, bouquets, flowers and sending them to our mothers, it would be more worthwhile to have a discussion on how our mothers fare. Questions like are we doing enough for our mothers,…

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Neo-liberalism, food security and agriculture laborers in Bangladesh

By Mohammad Shahidullah Food security of agriculture labor    Food security is broadly defined as access by all people at all times to sufficient food to meet their dietary needs for a healthy and productive life. It depends on availability of food, access to food and utilization of food at national, household and individual level. Food availability at the national…

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Labour Issues in the election Manifestos of AAP, Congress and the BJP

With the 2014 general elections around the corner, all the major political parties have released their manifestos already. This note looks through the election manifestos of the Indian National Congress, Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) and the newly emerged Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and highlights the promises that are given by each of these parties with regard to labour issues. Bharatiya…

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