Category: politics

What the morrow brings

The older generation of displaced indigenous farmers and former indentured tribal labourers in the Poombarai mountains in Tamil Nadu, India continue to live in ostracised communities, unwelcome in the local villages. Illiterate and impoverished, they worry about community and cultural survival. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Considered “untouchables”, they have struggled against the caste system and shedding the ghosts

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Berlin 06.06.2020 – “No To Racism”

The announcement for today’s silent protest was spread through social media, and the original meeting place was Potsdamerplatz at 14:00, come dressed in black in support of Black Lives Matter. When Maike and I emerged from the subway and headed towards the meeting place, it struck me that there were very few people joining this

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The nauseating aftertaste of police brutality

It bothers me that the eyes of the world and the media are currently focused entirely on the American police brutality, when we should be taking a very close look in all other directions as well, such as Hong Kong, the Philippines, Mexico, Brazil, Bangladesh, South Africa, Germany, Greece, Italy, Russia, or Poland to name

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Six Years Ago

“The smile is a very important feature of the human face… I feel that a genuine, affectionate smile is very important in our day-to-day lives. How one creates that smile largely depends on one’s own attitude. It is illogical to expect smiles from others if one does not smile oneself. Therefore, one can see that

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Pandemic mode as the new normal

Please watch the video first before reading the rest of the entry I received the above video, like so many other COVID-19 – related things, from a friend. The first time I watched it I felt very ambivalent about it. The second time around, however, after watching it with my daughter, it made more sense

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Dratted Bird Houses!

I love birds and appreciate their role in nature, and certainly would not change a thing in my life at the moment that would prevent me from waking up to their chirping outside my window each morning. They fill the trees outside in the garden and have also discovered my small fruit trees on my

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Meanwhile in Berlin…

It is difficult to keep up with the effects of COVID-19 around the world from one day to another. While Italy has gone for complete lock down, Germany begins to feel the effects of the virus on the social, economic, medical and political front. I won’t go into detail about the virus itself, the media

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Bridges of Berlin: Rosa-Luxemburg-Steg

Or as the proper title should be: Lichtensteinbrücke Re-discovered, since I already wrote about this particular bridge. Berlin is one of the few metropolitan cities that I did not fall in love with instantly, like Vienna, Paris, Prague, or Delhi. It is a rough city with scorching summers and winters that make you aware of

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Citizenship: One Step Closer

As you may have noticed from my blogging absence this week, I have been caught up in a whirlwind of activity and incidents. Running around between physiotherapy, psychotherapy, the assorted government offices to submit requirements, and studying for the German citizenship test was a lot to chew. I am supposed to be resting and recovering

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The Demise of Elegant Statesmanship

Gone are the days of elegant statesmanship of Margaret Thatcher, Winston. Churchill, Michail Gorbachev, Nelson Mandela, and Barack Obama. They held the national interests in the forefront, built bridges their predecessors burned, but also took the necessary risks to break down dividing barriers in world politics, and initiate trailblazer social reforms with quintessential elegance to

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