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Annie Zaidi

  • What makes a good leader

    A few days ago, former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Sushil Kumar Modi reportedly tweeted: “Advaniji has failed to gauge the public mood”. He said LK Advani should have declared Narendra Modi as the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate for the coming general election. It is no secret that...

    Sunday, 22 September 2013 - 9:31am
  • A society for our seniors

    A few months ago, I read about a law that makes it mandatory for Chinese citizens to visit elderly parents. My immediate thought was that this is an unimaginative, if not un-implementable, law. My next thought was have matters really come to a pass that the state must legislate family...

    Sunday, 8 September 2013 - 1:09pm
  • A society for our seniors

    A few months ago, I read about a law that makes it mandatory for Chinese citizens to visit elderly parents. My immediate thought was that this is an unimaginative, if not un-implementable, law. My next thought was — have matters really come to a pass that the state must legislate family...

    Sunday, 8 September 2013 - 9:40am
  • What happens to the 49%?

    Last week, I’d mentioned the Majority and its role in keeping a democracy healthy. Our rulers are decided by a majority vote. It could be just 51%. This is frustrating for the 49% who voted against. But still, elections are a much better way of deciding power struggles than building armies and...

    Sunday, 1 September 2013 - 8:42am
  • Are we truly craving justice?

    If we were to make a list of the most urgent problems in India, I can safely bet that ‘politicians’ would be on everyone’s list. They might even top the list. They are on my list too.

    Sunday, 25 August 2013 - 8:22am
  • Gandhi's path to freedom for women

    By now, you would have read reams about what stops our great nation from being truly free. I’ve been reading a lot of books recently that were written before 1947 or set in the ‘colonial’ era. These books have been breaking down the neat constructs of schoolbook history. We’d been given to...

    Sunday, 18 August 2013 - 8:24am
  • Toilet karma

    I was slightly jealous when I read about this Kerala initiative – ‘e-toilets’ at government medical colleges. These toilets are called Eve’s Own, for they will reportedly have napkin-vending machines, incinerators, automatic sensor taps, fans and lights that auto-start when you step in. Plans...

    Sunday, 11 August 2013 - 9:30am
  • Shit hits the beach

    Did you hear about the contamination levels of waterfronts in Mumbai? It’s worse than it used to be. The beaches are filthier. And what’s more, much of the contamination is faecal matter. Yes, shit mostly. Before you start blaming the hundreds of thousands of people who squat on the beach ­—...

    Sunday, 4 August 2013 - 1:34pm
  • Starting with One

    Recently, I read about two people who undertook tasks that seemed to require the patience and courage that’s beyond most ordinary citizens. Imagine creating a whole forest! Imagine being an extremely vulnerable self-appointed guardian of a forest!

    Sunday, 28 July 2013 - 11:58am
  • Where it comes from and where it goes

    The other day, I came across a strange comment thread on a website. Somebody had posed this question: are villages an asset for India or a liability?

    Sunday, 21 July 2013 - 5:41am