Politics Category

Felt I needed to share it. So I did.

When I was a child, I wanted to be a physicist, an astronaut, or a neurosurgeon. Or some strange combination of all of the above. I excelled at calculus, mathematics, music, languages and so on. I disliked the politics of the land I was born in and became a social worker, trainer and public figure. […]

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NEPAL NEWSFLASH! FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT ELECTED! (+ Other Developments)

Yesterday, whilst my brother and I were eating at the ‘Authentic Nepali Kitchen Restaurant’ , we noticed a man filming something going on TV. It was a very out of the way place and certainly one of the very few places you’d see Nepali TV on in Thamel (the backpackers’ lair). The on-goings looked vaguely […]

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First Full-Length Academic Publication (Whooooooo!)

OH MY GOD. I am published! Well, at least an article of mine is. A follow-up piece from my thesis. I am a contributor to an academic book called Democracy in Practice. Mine’s Chapter 7, entitled ‘The Indian Parliament: Performing Decline since the 1960s’. And oh my goodness – I’m so chuffed they got my […]

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WE DID IT! SAATHICHITHOM! – A 21-Year Journey and Its Final Release

Yesterday, I was privileged to graduate as a PhD (again), at a special first-of-its kind ceremony organized by the British High Commission and British Council for local graduates. It was a powerful moment of closure for me, and whilst I was so incredibly happy to have both my parents in attendance and a glorious day […]

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PART 1: GENDER STEREOTYPING IN LIFE AND ASTROLOGY

Sex and Gender are different concepts. Your genitalia does not tell you to behave a certain way, you are conditioned into it and/or predisposed to certain behaviors through your biological hardwiring – nature / nurture both exert their influence. Certain branches of academic feminism make a wonderful case for defining the relationship between sex¬†and gender […]

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, INDIA! 67 years of Independence, Growth and Transformation … and counting. By Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD

AUGUST 15, 1947: INDIA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY (Happy Birthday, India!) Today, over a billion people will be celebrating their independence, and the declaration of their sovereignty as a free republic. It is India’s Independence Day, and she’s celebrating it for the 67th time. There are so many reasons to celebrate this day, for Indians in India […]

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SHE WHO CHOOSES – A Poem by Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD

No sir, I shall not grace you with a smile because you expect me to,Don’t you dare invite yourself to my table, this space isn’t for you,Why do you fret when I am unwilling to entertain you?Why do you look pained when I refuse to speak to you with my golden tongue?And no – I’m […]

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The Path of Peace can never be Forged by Hatred ~ By Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD

  Silence can be a powerful tool of protest through disengagement, but it can also be a sign of apathy, or of having been subjugated, your voice lost. Despite having a PhD in the subject, I rarely speak about politics unless it’s in an article I write, or at a conference. I find it to […]

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THE HIDDEN WOMAN: FACE-WORK IN SOUTH ASIA

A face is more that the sum of our features – the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, lips, etc. It is the the way we present ourselves to the world in an immediately recognizable form. During my PhD I learnt a lot about ‘face-work’ as presented by Erving Goffman, an American sociologist. I shall discuss the […]

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THE POLITICS OF NAMASTE AND WAYS TO HONOR THE MILLION FACES OF INDIA

Blessings to all, I’ve given much thought to writing this – as honestly, it is a sensitive subject – one that draws upon thousands of years of ideological and other forms of violence, suppression and grandstanding between two different religious and spiritual traditions in India: The Aryan (North) and the Dravidian (South). It‘s honestly a […]

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