I recently discovered Manthan (its a Hindi word, means churning), a platform based in Hyderabad where leaders from various fields come from across the world to share their thoughts, resulting in a high quality debates. The topics discussed are very diverse in nature. I haven’t browsed through most of the videos, but I just watched this (see below) interesting talk by Arun Shourie on the topic of public discourse in India today and what can we do about it. Rest of the talks are available here.
An interesting essay by Indian historian Ramachandra Guha in the Caravan magazine about the venerable journal, the Economic and Political Weekly (EPW), mainly known in the academic circles for its thought provoking scholarly work.
THE BRITISH HISTORIAN EP THOMPSON once remarked that “India is not an important country, but perhaps the most important country for the future of the world. Here is a country that merits no one’s condescension. All the convergent influences of the world run through this society: Hindu, Moslem, Christian, secular; Stalinist, liberal, Maoist, democratic socialist, Gandhian. There is not a thought that is being thought in the West or East which is not active in some Indian mind.”
Thompson may have been reading the Economic and Political Weekly (EPW), the Bombay journal where these thoughts and influences converge and meet. Rich in information and glowing with polemic, its pages are an index to the life of India. On subjects as varied (and important) as the economy, caste politics, religious violence, and human rights, the EPW has consistently provided the most authoritative, insightful, and widely cited reports and analyses. Among the journal’s contributors are scholars and journalists, but also activists and civil servants—and even some politicians.
Continuing with one of my older posts on treating and preventing cancers, here are some more details on global variation in cancer incidents for specific cancers, via Nature journal.