'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’?
What does it mean to be professional, as an employee? Doing something you are told, on time, of your own initiative without being a nuisance while being open-minded enough to give suggestions when you think the work that was assigned to you had some issues? Another aspect was to learn to "market" or "brand" yourself … Continue reading Professionalism and Careers: What They Don’t Tell You
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)
What angers me when I think about Kashmir is the silence around it. I know people talk about it. But the narrative in mainland India is so frighteningly lopsided, that we refuse to call a spade a spade. Those who normally take radical positions on issues also refrain from commenting. Political correctness dictates sympathy towards … Continue reading Being Politically Incorrect on Kashmir
The first time I ever felt the need to question the idea of not criticizing someone after are dead was when 'the Leader', K. Karunakaran met his maker. Most of what makes his legacy as a leader happened before I was born. By the time, I started understanding the subtleties of politics, he along with … Continue reading Respecting the Dead – Dos and Don’ts
I was twelve when APJ became President. Also rooted for a second term in 2007. I have had the opportunity to meet him in person. But needless to say I was naive and bought everything that was sold in the media of this man's 'secularism'. His 'activist' status as opposed to the 'rubber stamps' that … Continue reading What does APJ Abdul Kalam Represent?
I have no interest in debates with people who constantly invoke Marx, Lenin, Friedman or Hayek as absolute truths without reflection. While it is useful to read and understand intellectual powerhouses of our past, to blindly follow their musings without context is akin to those who interpret the 'holy books' literally. As much as I … Continue reading Conscientização