Category Archives: International

The Nobel academy’s disgrace and another #MeToo movement

By Suresh Pattali

Disgrace.

It’s one of my faves from J M Coetzee, recipient of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature and two-time winner of the Man Booker Prize. Revisiting Disgrace at a time when the Swedish Academy is engulfed in a sex abuse scandal was a spooky coincidence. The academy, which has conferred the coveted prize since 1901, including on Coetzee, will not name a laureate. Casting a quick glance at the breaking news on TV — I had a kind of hunch — I returned to the book and reflected on the parallels between the early part of the novel’s plot and the academy’s state of affairs: sex, scandal, sleaze and disgrace. Continue reading The Nobel academy’s disgrace and another #MeToo movement

Lessons from Stormy Daniels on how to control the narrative

By Harveena Herr

Opportunistic piffle, obviously. The whole Stormy Daniels saga. It’s quite tempting to dismiss an adult film actor and director, who, people are noting has the rare ability in the industry, “to control her own narrative.” On the morality spectrum, however, I find myself increasingly ambivalent as I get older. And wiser, presumably.

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What a bunch of school kids familiar with guns pulled off

By Nivriti Butalia

My god, these kids, so impressive! That was my thought last Sunday morning when I woke up and zoned into the social media feed on my phone. There were back-to-back posts on the same topic: the March For Our Lives rally in DC. Everyone was talking about it, posting and reposting snatches of speeches made. Something momentous was happening in America. Young clear voices of kids were demanding passionately ‘Never Again’ and ‘No More’, demanding a life without gun violence. Everyone was listening.

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‘She’s a woman, pay her less,’ and other such thinking

By Harveena Herr

Qualified and capable, but overlooked? Could you, perhaps, be a woman? Or a member of a minority? The glass ceiling has been a reality for a really long time, and when the term became common usage in the latter half of the ’80s, there was a curious newness to it. The novelty was not the fact of the disparity in pay grades, but this description itself that accurately described a transparent but real barrier to growth and advancement for women in corporate life.

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