The menace of student suicide finally grips Pakistan too – thenews.com.pk


LAHORE: As yet another Pakistani student succumbs to exam stress, taking the suicide toll to three in as many days, factors like exam stress, verbal and physical abuse from teachers and admonishment from parents are surely pushing young people to perform or perish – a phenomenon that is quite common in neighbouring India, US, England, […]

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Chomsky: Education for whom and for what


“educate them to keep them from our throats…”

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The Hindu : Opinion / Op-Ed : It’ll take more than markets to build a green future


Here’s an interesting set of statistics. The term “private sector” appears over 50 times in the report; add to this the words “businesses” and “corporations,” and it crosses 70. The term “local communities” appears only seven times; perhaps extended to about 20 where the word “communities” is used to mean the same. The term “indigenous […]

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Slavoj Žižek · Save us from the saviours: Europe and the Greeks · LRB 7 June 2012


Slavoj Zizek on Greece and Europe…. Greece is not an exception. It is one of the main testing grounds for a new socio-economic model of potentially unlimited application: a depoliticised technocracy in which bankers and other experts are allowed to demolish democracy. By saving Greece from its so-called saviours, we also save Europe itself. via […]

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Self-governing as doubling?


The assumption of ‘self governing’ requires a doubling of sorts.  Must it be built on a splitting of the self into its governing and the governed elements, into subject and object, into soul as separate from the body.  To become an ethical subject capable of governing me as an ethical object, I should be able to step away from myself. Rhetorical consistency requires […]

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Another child suicide in two days


ARY just reporting another child from grade-6, Karachi (Paposhnagar) committed suicide. Read the previous post on this subject here.  

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Why are children committing suicide?


Two children have committed suicide in two different cities of Pakistan within the last two months. They were very young, not even in their teens yet.  All reports suggest that these children were led to such despair as to take their own life due to pressures within the schools. This is not just sad. It […]

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The Hindu : Life & Style / Kids : Celebrating Pi day


I know one more person that is also a Pi (born on 3.14).  I happen to be a couple decimal points ahead on the number line. Pi Day is celebrated on March 14 since the day is denoted as 3/14 in the month-day format. Most of you know that the ratio of the circumference to the […]

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Clicktivism is ruining leftist activism | Micah White | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk


Had never heard of Clicktivism until a few hour ago today.  The term hasn’t yet made it to wikipedia but returns lots of hits on a google search(> 827K).  There is also slacktivism–described as the feel good sort of ‘tivism’, which is an end in itself, rather than a mean toward another end. A battle […]

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Politics of the Face | Pakistan Today | Latest news | Breaking news | Pakistan News | World news | Business | Sport and Multimedia


Another fine piece on the ‘Saving Face’–Politics of the Face–written by Haris bin Munawar was sent to me by a friend today.  Am pasting the last paragraph from it at the end of this note.  The passage reminds me of something I read couple years back. It was some statement about this unbridgeable gap between […]

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