Democracy…and dissent

When I was in class 10, we had this CBSE textbook called Democratic Politics. It was written in such a way, with cartoons and easy exercises, that you didn’t really need a teacher to study it. For a long time, that was the best example I could give of the kind of education system I [...]

Coming back home

I returned home from college for the mid-semester break yesterday. After Bangalore, the Chennai heat seemed luxuriant and not the annoying phenomena it used to be before. (And everyone felt it was cold while I was sweating). Entering the hall, I was struck by the fact that it had been 2 1/2 months since I [...]

ஓர் உரையாடல்

மூர்த்தி அண்ணன் நல்ல உயரம். நேர்த்தியான உடை அணிந்திருந்தார். சுற்றி எங்கும் இருள் சூழ்ந்துக்கொண்டிருக்க , பேருந்தின் விளக்கு வெளிச்சத்தில் தமது கதையை எங்களுடன் பகிர்ந்தார். சாதியை பற்றி பெரும்பான்மையாக வரலாற்றுப் பாடங்களில் மட்டுமே படித்த எங்களுக்கு, அவரது கதை அதிர்ச்சியும் வேதனையும் அளித்தது. ஆனால் எங்கள் மனங்களைக் கவர்ந்தது, அந்தச்சூழலிலும் அவரது வார்த்தைகளில் ததும்பிய பலமும் உறுதியுமே ஆகும். மூர்த்தி அண்ணன் ஒரு தாழ்த்தப்பட்ட சாதியை சேர்ந்தவர். தமது சாதியைச் சேர்ந்த மற்ற இளைஞர்கள் சமுதாயச் [...]

Lenin and Stalin’s Ideas and Policies Regarding Female Emancipation

The period of Lenin’s rule (from 1917- 1925) was a time of great social change in the USSR. The October 1917 revolution paved way for the ‘rule of the proletariat’. The oppressed classes benefited from wide-ranging social, legal and political reform that enabled them to lead a better life. In this atmosphere, women’s rights also [...]

A Comparative Study of Dystopian Themes in Two Novels : The Handmaid’s Tale & Nineteen Eighty- Four

The literary genre of dystopian fiction is concerned with the depiction of a future that is devoid of basic human rights and freedoms, of a world where poverty, tyranny and terrorism is the norm. The basic tools and themes dystopian novels use are common. The difference lies in their approach. The essay tries to explore [...]

Pearl City

I have spent many December holidays in Thoothukudi at my aunt’s house. Thoothukudi during Christmas was a vibrant, colourful and happy place. My brother and I would start counting the stars hung from the façade of various buildings and be amazed at the huge numbers. In the night, ubiquitous fairy lights, of different shapes, sizes [...]