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Hindu Temples in a truly Dharmic State

In response to an innocuous question from a gentleman, yrs truly tweet stormed him The gentleman being the patient @by2kaafi , he bore with me. I decided to just leave it here in the form of a short post. How … Continue reading

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Sabarimala – Questions And Answers

Question 1: What is the background on Sabarimala? People already know that it is a temple in Kerala to which a lot of people make a pilgrimage. The vast majority are Indians resident in the 4 large Southern States. The Sabarimala temple is … Continue reading

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Mr Cherian And Facts

We went through this interview with Mr Mathew Cherian on rediff.com and thought of responding to some of his statements with the facts as we see it. Mr Mathew Cherian is the Chief Executive of Helpage India and is also … Continue reading

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A bar chart does not make it data-driven analysis

Sainath, Rural Affairs Editor of the The Hindu, is concerned that the incidence of farmer suicides has been wrongly calculated He says that cultivators comprise only 8% of the population, i.e., close to 100 million people. Fair enough. What he … Continue reading

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Public sector pensions in India – a primer

This post grew out of a discussion on Twitter Here are the basics: The pension paid out to an retirees of Government bodies is a fixed amount – to be paid until the retirees lifetime Employees who cross 20 years … Continue reading

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RTE in TN – Some analysis

I have gone through the recent GO passed by the Government of Tamil Nadu with regards to RTE act with some interest. I will not spend much time in going through the whys, whereforea and what-nots of the parent RTE … Continue reading

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Dhumavati and Shitala

In the Dasha-Mahavidya tradition, one comes across Dhumavati, one of the Dasha-Mahavidyas. The moola-mantra of this deity is said to be the blessing of Pippalada, a rishi after whom a Atharva Shakha – the Pippalada is named. Dhumavati is said … Continue reading

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