What is ‘Unlearning-by-Doing’?

'Unlearning-by-Doing' is a play on the classic formulation 'Learning-by-doing' by American pedagogue, John Dewey. Dewey emphasised the role of relevant and practical learning as opposed to passive classroom learning. Unlearning, starts with the central thesis that an individual in a modern nation-state, before they attain the faculties to assess and respond to one's location in … Continue reading What is ‘Unlearning-by-Doing’?

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On Social Media ‘Debates’, Intellectualism and the Cyber-Left (Rant-ish)

I have stopped arguing with people online, especially with those who say things which you would not have engaged with in the real world. But recently, I had a conversation with a friend over the social media progressives and rightwing rebuttal through the means of satire. A stream of thoughts followed and I am copying … Continue reading On Social Media ‘Debates’, Intellectualism and the Cyber-Left (Rant-ish)

Trends in Perception of Corruption in the Last Decade

The most comprehensive study done so far in anti-corruption is by Transparency International (TI). The three major publications of TI are: Corruption Perceptions Index Report, Global Corruption Barometer and Bribe Payers’ Index. Here, I have used the Corruption Perceptions Index to check the general trends in corruption in the past decade.Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI)CPI shows … Continue reading Trends in Perception of Corruption in the Last Decade

Paul Simon’s Graceland: A Case of Cultural Imperialism?

It was in August, 1986 that 'Graceland', the album that defined the genre, 'World Music' was released. 25 years down the line, I would like to analyze the significance of that release. To say that 'Graceland' is an example of cultural imperialism would be grossly unfair. A more diplomatic explanation would be the effort of … Continue reading Paul Simon’s Graceland: A Case of Cultural Imperialism?

History of Political Economy of Kerala

Kerala in the southern tip of India is known for its tremendous achievements in standards of living comparable to that of several developed countries at a relatively low per capita income. Kerala has achieved near total literacy, high life expectancy, low infant mortality, low population growth rate, replacement level fertility rate and a low poverty … Continue reading History of Political Economy of Kerala