That’s how Govt intimidates media

If you don’t know yet, Jay Shah is son of BJP National President Amit Shah.

Jay made 16000 times more profit after Modi came to power. How is the entire India loses money after BJP and Modi come to power, but two of staunch Modi supporters make fortunes – Ambani makes 67% & Jay makes 16000 times more from a loss making company? And then, after making miraculous profits, he shuts down the company?

Now Rohini Singh exposes this holy miracle, just as she did it in 2011, the fortunes of Robert Vadra, Sonia Gandhi’s son in law. Back then, BJP was very happy. Used it to abuse Congress and come to power. But this time, it tries to silence the journalist and the media.

Read this, and support fearless journalism.

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How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds

How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds

Research suggests that as the brain grows dependent on phone technology, the intellect weakens

I have been telling my students time and again that we have outsource our brains to cell phones; our memories which used to be near photographic in our childhood, are all jaded, and we find difficult to remember our parents’, spouses, children’s and colleagues’ numbers or emails!

Here is a write-up on my theory!

Illustration: Serge Bloch

The smartphone is unique in the annals of personal technology. We keep the gadget within reach more or less around the clock, and we use it in countless ways, consulting its apps and checking its messages and heeding its alerts scores of times a day. The smartphone has become a repository of the self, recording and dispensing the words, sounds and images that define what we think, what we experience and who we are. In a 2015 Gallup survey, more than half of iPhone owners said that they couldn’t imagine life without the….

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Breezy visit to Sunway University Malaysia & Nanyang Singapre

It was another quick visit to Kuala Lampur (Malaysia) and Singapore.  It was the first. But it was such a lovely one!

[Dr Theo with Yours Truly exchaning the MOU with Sunway University]Theo with RR

Christo and I were the guest of Sunway University/ College (under Victoria University, Melbourne). The College is situated in an 850-acre Sunway City. The City , especially the University itself is located in the luscious greenery, which is anyone’s eye-sore! Imagine to walk on a steel flyover, below which walk live tigers and sun bears! And then, on the right and the left, you have such visual wealth  – lagoon / theme parks!

Dr Benedict is a very cordial host, whose primary job is to teach at Sunway College/ University.

[After signing the MOU, with Ms Greeja D’Silva of Victoria University, Dr Theoy, Dr Eleizabeth and Dr Christo Selvan]MOU all Group

But he takes extra interest in international collaboration. So, it is his initiative.

It was lovely meeting Dr Elizabeth Lee! Such a lovely lady, with so much energy and joy. And Dr Theo who handles ACCA programs. And Ms Greeja of VU.


[The singing of the MOU; behind YOURS TRULY is Dr Benedict, the witness]

After spending hectic two days in Kuala Lampur, we took a bus to Singapore. Though it was a weekend (and on weekends they don’t work!), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) was extremely good to me to give time.


[The ever affable Dr Elizabeth Lee, Sr Executive Director of Sunway Foundation]

It was not just a visit – Prof. Salmon went out of his way to welcome me and my colleague Dr Christo. And then we spent quite a bit of time exchanging our thoughts and views on communication education and students and working together.


[The select, elite gathering of chosen faculty of Sunway University]

And then he invited us to witness one of their interesting practices – mock session on Crisis Communication. It is not new to us – we do quite a few similar things here at St Joseph’s College. But the passion with which students were preparing for it, and took part in it was brilliant!

A brief visit to remember but an exciting experience to cherish.

In Kuala Lampur

It’s lovely place to be. With plenty of Tamil and some sprinklings of Hindi, you feel you are still in India.

Reached KL yesterday, in Thursday in there morning. A quick visit to PJ, and then to Sunway Hotel Clio. There 26 storey college hotel is absolutely lovely.

The owner has built Sunway City with his multiple entrepreneurial concerns like education, real estate, housing, developing, malls, and quite a few other things. Among them, education send to be a philanthropic concern. That’s a connecting thread to St Joseph’s College autonomous, Bangalore.

St Joseph’s College Bangalore is happy to collaborate with this esteemed institution of higher education.

It’s a short visit to KL, made meaningful by Dr Benedict, our host.

We will be signing an MOU, in few minutes, heralding a new partnership.

#PRAXIS6 IN Pink City

It’s been a terrific summit here in Jaipur. The Pink City of the Muggs’s hosted the sixth version of this international summit from 15-17 th September.

One of the things that i did was to tweet crazily. It was nice of Amith to announce prizes for the top tweeter.

But for me that was not there motivation. Two things: it would add to PRAXIS6 trending. That’s very important for an event like this. Two: i myself would know how much i can tweet a day.

In Mysore i tweeted about 300 tweets. But this time i neared 500 mark. That’s quite an achievement and learning. It would inform my teaching and research.

Now almost entire crowd must have disappeared except there to team. I had to miss the latter part of PRAXIS6 due to other commitments. But i am happy to have been a part of such a lovely international event. Thanks to Amith and Roshan and Hemanth for all their hard work.

Exams are a welcome time

Ask students. And they will frown on you. But there’s no getting away from them. Exams

Teachers don’t enjoy exams either. Not most. First, they need to set question papers for exams. Second, they need to do invigilation, doing nothing else during exams while students are busy scratching their grey cells in exam halls. If the exam duration is three hours, nothing can be more frustrating to a teacher than that. You just have keep your mouth shut, which otherwise refuse to shut all day, like Arnab Goswamy’s! Then, seeing students desperately trying to copy, avoiding invigilators’ eyes is another pathetic sight.

Third, students are free after sitting their exams. But not teachers. They have to read those answer scripts, desperately looking for answers resembling something of what they might have taught in classrooms!

When done, teachers have to distribute those “corrected” answer scripts to their rightful owners, ready to face any question/ accusation by them. And complaints. It’s too much.


But this time, i was lucky with exams. It gave me time to recuperate. Post fever, you time to recover. And i had some of it. I didn’t have to prepare my classes.

Thanks to exams, I am more or less back to my normal.

Gauri, don’t rest in peace… till

A sad day in the history of independent India. A black day. A democracy kills its own children. Just like Gujarat 2002. Hunting down people for their self-constructed fears. For the hate they harbour. For the way they despise the little Indians. For the sheer helplessness of seeing women, dalits, tribals, minorities, and people with different opinions shining. An envy that refuses to accept differences.

Guari Lankesh was a bold daughter of India. The late daughter of the rebel writer, dramatist, poet, and journalist P. Lankesh started her journalistic career in English print media. After working a while in the erstwhile Sunday magazine of the Anand Bazar Patrika group, after the death of her father, she took over the reigns of Lankesh  Patrike.

Like her father, she did not forget to fight for justice, for women’s emancipation, for dalits, for tribals, and for minorities. In doing so, she had to take head on some of the rabid orthodoxy, fundamental forces who were shaken up. They could not digest the fact that in India, a woman could sow fear in their hearts!

She was threatened for her courageous journalism and activism. But she pooh-poohed it. But the Indian right wing meant serious threat – to eliminate her.

On 05 September at around 8.00pm, as she returned home in her car, opened the gate, and then walked the gate to close it, a helmet-wearing coward fired at her mercilessly. Initially she missed the shots, and ran inside the gate to hide herself; but the helmet-covered coward had a gun; in all, he fired seven rounds, which took Gauri’s life.

The insecure fundamentalist succeeded in silencing one voice of dissent; but in doing so, his gang has opened a can of worms: it has strengthened the debate over democracy and violence – louder than in Guari’s lifetime. It has focused the world’s attention on the incompetent, hate-mongering government which came to power in 2014 in the name of development, but has failed miserably to fulfil even a single promise. Tragic events like cold-blooded murders of thinkers, writers, journalists serve to distract people’s attention from the government’s failures. But, a thousand Gauri’s will be born, a thousand M.M. Kalburgis will be awakened. We shall overcome… someday!