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18/04/15 Diaspora & Travel , Society & Politics

Silence of The White Lambs

Silence of The White Lambs

By Gary Paramanathan

So I found myself in Portland, the supposed land of the liberal and free, and definitely not Liberal with a capital L (Australians know what I mean). Portland is where you find hippies and hipsters alike, a place where you can be whoever you want to be, you can wear the most extravagant outfit and walk down Broadway or Burnside, and no one would blink an eye lid, they may even smile. There is one condition though; you kinda have to be white and preferably wealthy. Welcome to the world of new liberals, where ethnic food, energy efficient homes, arcade bars and a general sense of ‘I am better than the rest of the whites’ is what makes the world go around, and when it comes to coloured, it’s best saved for the vintage Pendleton sweaters. Continue reading

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18/04/15 Arts & Culture , Australia

Cultural Informant

Cultural Informant

By Sukhmani Khorana

You expected me
And of me
To know and to explain
Or perhaps to reinforce what you knew. Continue reading

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18/04/15 Arts & Culture

Handling admission anxieties and other lessons from ‘Ramadhanu’

Handling admission anxieties and other lessons from ‘Ramadhanu’

By Meeta Chatterjee Padmanabhan

As a teacher who has spent more than three and a half decades in schools and universities, I get really excited when popular films take on an aspect of education as its central theme. When Indian films do this, despite their various shortcomings (and the song and dance) I begin to gain faith in films as tools of mass instruction. For example, Aamir Khan’s treatment of dyslexia in Tare Zameen Par was a heart rending exploration of the topic that brought this misunderstood learning disorder to public attention in the most affirming way. Continue reading

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18/04/15 Society & Politics

Teachers Day

Teachers Day

By Mridula Chakraborty

In September 2014, my niece sent me some photographs of herself dressed in a sari, taking up her role as ‘teacher-for-the-day’ at a prestigious school in New Delhi. Apart from the pride I took in my niece’s moment of honour, I was transported back to that pleasurable time decades ago, when I too had donned such a mantle and experienced, for a few hours, what it is that teachers commit themselves to, day in and day out. Continue reading

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