Gobbledygook Analysts, Reverse Hatred and Targeting Culture will not solve India’s Rape problem!

Sanjay Srivastava is professor of Sociology at the Institute of Economic Growth in New Delhi.  In his article in The Hindu, he suggests that somehow Swami Vivekananda's photograph and his pose with folded hands somehow is responsible for installing "masculinity" in the country in the name of Nationalism. (Taking the aggression out of masculinity)Well, if I take that utterly ridiculous gobbledygook as some "creative psychological truth", then Nanak's upturned hand trying to bless everyone does t … [Read more...]

What was internet upto through the eyes of Stumblers

StumbleUpon has been my most important discovery in the last year.  It opened up a new world for me as a blogger to share my writings.  And it has brought in new readers who are interested in the content they come for.  Since SU show content based on your liking of certain categories and the person is open to new experiences, new type of content helps.  And that is where Drishtikone has benefited tremendously from being part of the SU world.  Here are some interesting insights into the world as s … [Read more...]

Balpreet Kaur, dignified Sikh Lady with facial hair wins Huffington Post Religion’s Person Of The Year 2012

Remember Balpreet Kaur?She is the Sikh girl with facial hair, whose picture was posted on Reddit and taken potshots at because she, a Sikh - wore a turban, had facial hair and a woman's breasts.  The story took a turn when the lady saw the pic which had made her an instant Reddit sensation, negatively albeit, and posted a very dignified and remarkably sane reply.  This is what she wrote: "When I die, no one is going to remember what I looked like, heck, my kids will forget my voice, and s … [Read more...]

“Maitri Karar”: Gujarati Social Custom of keeping mistresses by circumventing Hindu Marriage Act

In Gujarat, there is a social tradition that is used to circumvent the provisions of the Hindu Marriage Act by men so they can "have another woman" in their lives.  Hindu Marriage Act only allows one wife.  Polygamy is a punishable offense. In Gujarat a system prevailed in which a man and a woman entered into a friendship agreement, a legitimate contract before a magistrate. It had a social and legal sanction and was popularly known as "maitri karar". Later this practice was converted into a " … [Read more...]

The Immigrant Advantage: What Rest of America can learn from the fresh Immigrants’ cultures for Longer and Happier lives

US is an immigrant nation.  Although lately there has been xenophobia towards Hispanics specifically from the religious and political right.  Here is an interesting conversation which takes a peek into the lives of immigrants and see what can be learnt from these cultures. Journalist Claudia Kolker has written a book titled "The Immigrant Advantage: What We Can Learn from Newcomers to America about Health, Happiness and Hope", which explores this topic in detail and she is the guest here.Her a … [Read more...]


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