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Articles Posted in the Cohort 2014-15

 

Blind Yet Bold–First half at Adianta School

December 31st, 2014 by Satya Manoj
 

 

I came across a fable called “The Blind Men and the Elephant” which is more than 2000 years old from our country telling the story of six blind men. The King presents these men with an Elephant asks them to touch it and tell him what it is.They touch the elephant at different parts. The blind man who felt the elephant’s leg tells the king it is a pillar, the man who felt its tusk says it is a huge solid pipe, the one who feels its tail says it is a rope, the one who feels its trunk says its a tree branch, the one who feels the elephant’s ears says it a huge hand fan and the one who feels the belly says it is a wall.

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Startup + Incubator Dating Redefined

December 2nd, 2014 by Satya Manoj
 

 

In a startup’s life cycle, the first investment is the business equivalent of starting a serious relationship with a venture capital. Prior to the investment, startups and funds will scrutinize each other through a rigorous process, if it goes well then they will be ‘tying the knot’ in business context. We all know how hard it is committing to a serious relationship.

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Myths of child labour in India

November 27th, 2014 by Rajib Biswas
 

1. Children must work because of poverty.

Poverty, it is not the only reason, or as important as many people may think. Poverty is too often used as an excuse for child labour, while exploitation of children in poverty lures millions of them to hazardous and intolerable forms of child labour. It is a common myth that child labour will never be eliminated until poverty disappears.

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Trusting our Choices

November 7th, 2014 by Shashanka Rekulapalli
 

Trust is something which humans implicitly seek when they go about performing actions, whether in themselves or on the externals. This permeates into every single action of a persons life. Consider a simple instance in a person’s daily routine, in the morning, brushing of teeth is dependent on his trust that the brush he uses will clean his teeth and the toothpaste he uses will keep mouth fresh and healthy. The person’s trust in the brush and paste has been managed by the consumer company who created a subconscious desire in the person that he has to use these to get the desired effect. I believe that this behavior has spread into all areas of human interaction.

Companies and organisations have made it so prevalent that the overwhelming majority believe that it is the reality. People are being made to believe that they are the ones who decide what they get. Unfortunately it is that, people are just given that impression. People are influenced into desiring and then these desires are catered to by these very same companies. Now I must be sounding like one of those anti-capitalist activists decrying the invasion of capitalists into our daily life. But it is reality. We consumers are being forced out of our choices which we seemingly are making out of our own volition.

As a customer of the Indian Democratic system, after having watched recently a documentary called “The Century of the Self” , I fear the same could have entered the Indian political scene. Recent elections have been fought on a high tempo. And most of the efforts of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) went into making the voter feel that he is going to be a part of their future government decision making process. Whether this is going to happen or not is open for debate as the future is not here yet. The documentary focuses on how the collective has been dismantled to cater to the individuals. This has the potential for breaking down the aeons old beliefs in the strengths of being united or more pertinently, in the strengths of collective bargaining. When we lose this, we expose ourselves to corrosion, and once corroded, there is no getting back unless we are willing to replace the whole structure, which will entail great costs.

In all this gloomy sense, we may still have a chance to be a collective. Protests all over the world are signs that the collective still exists and we need to enable these to enter our mainstream again. Our choices have to be ours in the true sense and they need to be collective ones.

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