Tag Archives: poverty

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Lessons in compassion on a train journey

A terrible migraine interspersed with the conversation of my fellow passengers taught me a lot of things and made me think — about the need for compassion and how dangerous the lack of it can be especially among wannabe social ‘reformers.’

children at school assembly

The new caste equation

As compared to the earlier caste system which was determined by birth, the present one is defined by material wealth and social status.

Mechanic working on a Bullet

Why illiteracy is not a big deal in India

There are many jobs and professions in our country that can be practised without a formal degree, licence or even basic education. What is more, they pay well. Is that why education and literacy are not considered important enough?

chidlren in a slum

Children and sensitivity

By shielding children from the plight of the poor and powerless aren’t we ensuring that they grow up into insensitive adults who shun such realities to avoid being ‘depressed’?