Asmita and I: A Friendship Fortnight Post

Asmita and I by Anoushka Zaveri Domestic helpers are a blessing to every household. They bring efficiency to the monotonous task of running a home and a kitchen. They are those family members we forget to include in our families sometimes. They are hard-working, long-term employees who get married to your home, burrow through its … More Asmita and I: A Friendship Fortnight Post

International Friendship Day Reflections

A few weeks ago, I realised that July 30 is International Friendship Day; August 5 is Friendship Day in India; August 12 is International Youth Day, and of course, August 14-15 are when Pakistan and India celebrate their independence–as also, remember the trauma of Partition–a trauma that makes friendship ever so hard for many to … More International Friendship Day Reflections

Little Things Schools Can Do to Better Equip Young Boys: A Student’s Opinions

By Anoushka Zaveri Thus the little minutes, Humble though they be, Make the mighty ages Of eternity. ~ Excerpt from Julia Carney’s “Little Things” My dad effectively terms his chartered accountancy as “the worst decision of his life”. He’s 47 years old, satisfactorily rich but professionally unhappy. My eleven-year old brother is a passionate little … More Little Things Schools Can Do to Better Equip Young Boys: A Student’s Opinions

#DialogueForPeace: Religiously Working For Change in Sri Lanka

[This blogpost is a compilation of extracts from Impact and Success of District Inter Religious Committees: Religiously Working for Change published by National Peace Council, Sri Lanka, January 2016.] “Whether in Sri Lanka, Europe or the United States, coping with the challenge of religious and ethnic diversity is the challenge of our times… An important … More #DialogueForPeace: Religiously Working For Change in Sri Lanka

#DialogueForPeace: What It Means to be a Global Citizen

By Juhi Waeerkar If I could define cultural diversity, I would define it as, “the coexistence of culture and ethnicity within an individual as well as a society.” In an increasingly globalized world, we have individuals born in one culture, and raised in another. There is a lot of interaction and exchange. Through this, we … More #DialogueForPeace: What It Means to be a Global Citizen

#DialogueForPeace: Cultural Diversity, A Vital Condition for Human Freedom

By Devika Mittal After graduating in history, I had devised three options for my further studies – to continue with my discipline, switch to archaeology which had been my childhood dream, or to pursue sociology which was my new-found interest. I chose sociology. I did not have the option to study sociology in my school, … More #DialogueForPeace: Cultural Diversity, A Vital Condition for Human Freedom

#DialogueForPeace: The Value of Listening to Every Voice

By Archana Rao A few years ago I had the immense privilege of meeting the folks at the National Equity Project. I was personally challenged to question my unconscious biases. Having lived a very diverse life, around the world, with a life long association with Initiatives of Change, an international organisation committed to bridging divides … More #DialogueForPeace: The Value of Listening to Every Voice

#DialogueForPeace: Cross pollination with others

By Preeta Kuhad Balia Our earliest impressions of the world are perhaps a composite vignette of childhood experiences. Like layers of paint which effortlessly spread and imperceptibly take on the next coat, only deepening the hue, the years growing up with our parents were perhaps an exercise in discovering our cultural affiliations. My parents hailed … More #DialogueForPeace: Cross pollination with others

#DialogueForPeace: Annihilating caste through the school curriculum

By Tulika Bathija “True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.” — Kurt Vonnegut     From a University Scholar to a School Teacher A public funded university in India is a diverse, vibrant and a politically active space.  It is within this space … More #DialogueForPeace: Annihilating caste through the school curriculum