Why everyone should watch ‘The Battle of Algiers’

In a September 2003 article in the New York Times titled “What does the Pentagon see in 'Battle of Algiers'?”, Michael Kaufman wrote: “challenged by terrorist tactics and guerrilla warfare in Iraq, the Pentagon held a screening of [the film]” ... “As the flier inviting guests to the Pentagon screening declared: "How to win a… Continue reading Why everyone should watch ‘The Battle of Algiers’

In the ghetto …

What is a 'ghetto'? What could possibly be wrong with the (social) concept of integration? How might policymakers framing interventions into the lives of the ghetto poor be misguided? The following is a transcript of excerpts from Episode 23 of the UnMute Podcast, where philosopher Tommie Shelby gives us the surprising answers to these questions… Continue reading In the ghetto …

What we learnt from time travelling together (Part 3)

This is part 3 of a 3 part series, that critically examines our experience (Suvani Suri and I) of guiding a group of design students as they explored the theme: ‘time-machine’. You may begin at the beginning or read on.   We have already seen that today, the potential for authentic knowledge is easily ceded… Continue reading What we learnt from time travelling together (Part 3)

What we learnt from time travelling together (Part 2)

This is part 2 of a 3 part series, that critically examines our experience (Suvani Suri and I) of guiding a group of design students as they explored the theme: ‘time-machine’. You may begin at the beginning or read on.   As we saw it, the fundamental question was: How could we, in such a… Continue reading What we learnt from time travelling together (Part 2)

What we learnt from time travelling together (Part 1)

On the 16th of January, twelve people came together in a clock shaped room next to a watch factory at the edge of a city that could be any city in the world, to travel through time. An explanation – we were at a design college, one of 5 groups of students and guides exploring… Continue reading What we learnt from time travelling together (Part 1)

You say everything is sexist

I recently read an excellent article by Jody Allard in the Washington Post, in which she concludes: "It’s not enough to teach our sons about consent; we have to encourage them to have the courage to speak out against rape culture, too." I would like to take her conclusion as the point of departure and… Continue reading You say everything is sexist

In my bones, a vested interest in the status quo

This is a good time for me: I turned 30 last year. As a middle-class professional in India, 30 marks the age where you get taken more seriously at work, where you get some of your money into an SIP if you haven't already, where your family finds some nice girl for you to settle… Continue reading In my bones, a vested interest in the status quo