Fortification – of Indian diets or corporate pockets?

Dr. Sylvia Karpagam In India, food fortification is being projected as a convenient and cheap solution for all of India’s nutrition related woes, with ongoing discussions by policy makers about making it mandatory and accompanying aggressive promotion by multinationals [1], [2], [3]. The Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), an independent governmental body to monitor food... Continue Reading →


Beware! Gorakhpur redux in Bengaluru?

NATION, CURRENT AFFAIRS DECCAN CHRONICLE. | JOYEETA CHAKRAVORTY PublishedAug 23, 2017, 2:50 am IST UpdatedAug 23, 2017, 3:23 am IST Queues of weary patients awaiting treatment at Bowring Hospital are a common sight.  Contrary to the increase in number of doctors trained in Karnataka, the shortage of total number of specialists went up from 32% to 39%... Continue Reading →

IIM Directors Meeting, 28th August 2017: An Open Letter to the IIM Leadership

Dear IIM Directors: RE: IIM Directors Meeting, 28th August 2017: An Open Letter We would like to introduce ourselves as Siddharth Joshi and Deepak Malghan. Joshi is a Fellow of IIM Bangalore (2017) and Malghan is on the faculty at IIM Bangalore. However, we write this to you in our personal capacities. As part of... Continue Reading →

What ‘Egg-zactly’ Is the Problem with ISKCON’s Mid Day Meals?

 Dr. SYLVIA KARPAGAM Monday, August 21,2017 BENGALURU:  The decision of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) to terminate its mid-day meal contract with the state government of Andhra Pradesh is a welcome move and much required in all other states of the country as well where the NGO supplies mid-day meals. In Chitoor, ISKCON... Continue Reading →

On Mohandas Pai and his concern for tax-payers money

Sylvia Karpagam 28th May 2016 Mohandas Pai , previous head of HR at Infosys and current chairman of Aarin Capital Partners recently wrote an article for NDTV[i] addressing the protesting students of JNU. Admirers of his way of thinking have jumped into all bandwagons, arguing on his behalf and vehemently validating his point of view. Mohandas Pai, in reality,... Continue Reading →

When Erasure From Memory Is Also A Human Rights Violation

in Human Rights — by Dr Sylvia Karpagam — July 22, 2017   The Human rights organisation, Amnesty International has brought out two reports, one in 2016 and another in 2017, highlighting details of prisoners facing death penalties and of undertrials in India. However both reports fail to mention that a majority of those facing death penalties or undertrials awaiting... Continue Reading →

Healthcare act amendments should put an end to profiteering, help people

KPME ACT July 14, 2017 Dr Sylvia Karpagam Recently there has been quite a flurry of opinions, accusations and threats around the issue of regulation of private medical establishments in Karnataka. Although the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments (KPME) Act has been around since 2007, concerns over the last few years, around patient rights, have brought in... Continue Reading →

From manual scavenger to professor, the journey of Kaushal Panwar

Asst. Professor Kaushal Panwar Despite facing discrimination at every step, Kaushal Panwar managed to achieve her dreams. But she says her identity, for people around her, is still that of a Dalit. Ashwaq Masoodi Kaushal Panwar is an assistant professor of Sanskrit at Motilal Nehru College, Delhi University. Priyanka Parashar/Mint It’s like hitting a brick... Continue Reading →

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