Data is rather dated but in 2007, five children killed themselves every day because of “failure in examination”. How are they able to do this? Having been through two failures — once in Class 11 and once in first year of college — I know the trauma that accompanies such a misadventure. But suicide?
Many years ago, as students, my friend and I wondered whether a person who commits suicide was “brave” or “weak”. Read more
Today, I’m going to show you some beautiful faces that lie behind ugly statistics. You will, today, meet not an amorphous mass called ‘farmers’, but Khim Singh Bisht, Tikaram Singh Rekhwal, Hema Guthulia.
With 265 independent directors (IDs) resigning from the boards of 211 companies between January and May, the institution, under the weight of Satyam, seems to be imploding. The big question is: have minority shareholders been given the go by, once again, by clever corporates? Read more
What binds the business of skirts, shirts and stilettos with music, art and books? Does fashion have a philosophy vaster than offering cover, a politics beyond individual expression, an economics transcending consumer choice? How does it intersect with society, culture, law? Can its creations be protected?
So, why didn’t Mumbai vote? The rants and blames over, Maximum City’s voting behaviour (a voter turnout of 44.2 per cent) was firstly, logical and unsurprising; and secondly, nothing to mourn about. Mumbai has its own identity, its people their own aspirations — and politics is not one of them. Read more