city, medieval mindset
Corporate it might be
but cosmopolitan it is not. Unprecedented materialistic progress
notwithstanding, Gurgaon is not perceived as a woman-friendly city
the glorified title of Millennium City accorded to Gurgaon over the
recent years gives you an impression of its inhabitants being
broadminded and forward- thinking, think again.
Women visitors at a pub in Gurgaon. As a consequence of increasing crime against women, there is an element of fear that prevents many from frequenting pubs
Photos: Sayeed Ahmed
your safety just your concern?
putting the onus of their safety on women alone, is the state not
abdicating its responsibility? It is a classic case of making the
victims feel like culprits. The recent rape case in Gurgaon stirred a
hornet's nest but very soon everything will settle down and all the
heated arguments on 24x7 television and edits in newspapers forgotten
and buried before something similar happens again.
laws add to trouble
administration of Gurgaon, one of India's biggest software hubs,
recently reiterated the rule that malls and other such establishments
in the city should not permit women to work after 8 pm, unless
permission is granted by the Labour Commissioner, following reports of
a woman employee, who was abducted and gangraped from a Mall.
violence is part of a continuum
without violence aganst women are safer cities for all. A clear
priority has to be women's security in cities. More people now live in
cities marked by strong inequalities (ghettos) that materialise in
social and territorial segregation and fragmentation, both of which
are conditions for urban violence. Increasing urban violence is also
manifested in enhanced gender-based violence.
is in the mind
eyes and chubby cheeks of a baby can send many into a heartwarming
swoon. Now scientists claim that your affection for an infant actually
stems from your brain, not heart.
wasted on party balloons
have warned their experiments are at risk from a shortage of helium
because the gas is being wasted on party balloons. The gas is crucial
for scientists because it’s used to cool atoms to -27`BAC to stop
them from vibrating, which makes investigating their nature far more
as an agent of change
Folk art forms have been with
rural communities for centuries but now artists have been encouraged
to develop them into new forms to ensure commercial success and
empowerment, finds Baishali Mukherjee
in a faraway village in Nadia of West Bengal, nobody knew Golam Fakir
as an artist six years ago. Belonging to a marginalised community and
without formal education, Golam used to carry dead bodies from the
police station to the morgue.
food as lifesaver
teenager who gorged on chocolates and junk food is on the road to
recovery from a dreaded liver disease that could have killed her, says
a report. The report comes soon after another unrelated report which
had ruled out junk food's link with obesity.
The music museum in Rudesheim,
Germany, gives visitors a fascinating look at the history of
mechanical instruments, writes Inder Raj
has passed it by, or so they’d like us to believe. Housed in an
architectural historical relic, just a few yards away from a
world-famous little street better known for its wine taverns than its
length — which happens to be a mere 144 metres by the way — it is
deliberately and subtly old-fashioned in appearance, almost archaic.
tale of two leagues
M. S. Unnikrishnan
the half-way mark, the World Series Hockey (WSH) League has not
created ripples that the Indian Premier League Twenty20 (IPL) had
generated when it was launched five years ago, and then sustained in
the subsequent editions.
may be making us fatter
dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere is being blamed for global
warming issues — but it may also be making us all fatter, a Danish
researcher has suggested. Researcher Lars-Georg Hersoug, a post-doc at
the Research Centre for Prevention and Health at Glostrup University
Hospital, said that the increase in obese people in Denmark is roughly
equivalent to the increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
on the sands of time
A. Chatterji on the versatile Soumitra Chatterjee, who was
recently awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award
Chatterjee has been awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award this
year. The hour of glory has come after it was felt that his
contribution to Indian cinema would remain marginalised. Who is
Soumitra Chatterjee? Amitav Nag, who is writing a book on Soumitra
Chatterjee, says he is an ‘enigma’ who, like Amal, the character
he portrayed in Satyajit Ray’s Charulata, stormed into films
to stay on for 53 years.