These simple questions last year at this time would’ve elicited a totally different response from me. The reason is simple. I had not met 17 to 22-year-olds in batches of 12–15 every five weeks who were learning English, getting employment-related interviewing and life skills training as well as going to school (secondary and college). They are primarily from Delhi, India, though the recent batch has people from other parts of north India. …
The faces in the Zoom squares every week at the Freedom Employability Academy sessions are of dreamers, aspiring for what their families before them couldn’t dream of. They can dream. They must dream. And they must succeed in some measure. They are the future of India. Their sheer numbers determine that.
Everything about India is complicated and difficult to grasp. That’s not hyperbole. Just ask any economist or researcher working in or on South Asia.
There are over 1.3 billion people in India. Scarcity is always a reality. The elites are a small percentage. They can’t move India…
Statistics in India are as confusing as the demographics of the subcontinent.
At last count, in 2016, it was reported that there are 657,829 women sex workers in India. The number of children involved in the sex trade is estimated at 1.2 million. However, “in 2007, the Indian Ministry of Women and Child Development reported the presence of over three million female sex workers in India, with 35.47% of them entering the trade before the age of 18 years. The number of sex workers rose by 50% between 1997 and 2004, with nearly 100% of the children of sex…
Someone said to me today that the BJP (Bharatiya Jana Sangh) supporters consider May 23 as the “true Independence Day” and that Aug. 15 is pro-Pakistan, Brit-engineered one that Gandhi-Nehru swallowed. After all Godse is a patriot now!
In 1967, I turned 17 and headed to college at Delhi University in July. Earlier that year, in February, there had been a famine in Bihar and a number of students from my college had gone to Bihar to work as relief workers, sponsored by our college.
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The writer is Green Comma’s managing director, Amit Shah.
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The principal writer is Michele Dow, a transgender woman, who received her doctorate in Educational Leadership at Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. Michele’s dissertation is the first academic study of transgender educators in the United States. She recently presented her findings at the Translating Identity Conference in Burlington, VT.
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Nathaniel Adams is a dandy, writer, and custom suit-maker living in Baltimore, Maryland. He is the coauthor, with the photographer Rose Callahan of the books I am Dandy: The Return of the Elegant Gentleman and We Are Dandy: The Elegant Gentleman Around the World. He has written for The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Daily Beast, Men’s Journal, GQ.com, Harper’s Bazaar Russia, Uproxx, among others.
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