Modern India: Land of Political and Economic Oxymorons

Progress in India is of an arbitrary nature. The beholder’s perspective outweighs any conveyed assertions of rationality for most accounts you hear. It is thus not without cynicism that famous writer Arundhati Roy opens her 2009 essay collection, ‘Field Notes on Democracy’ with the words, “to those who have learned to divorce hope from reason.”... Read More

Please Leave Mr. Ansari Alone

When these women choose to equate their bad date with my very real assault, it degrades my experience. It puts what happened to me and to girls like me — who have genuinely been assaulted and harassed — on the same level as a photo taken in ill-taste or a date where he misread the signals.... Read More

Bureaucratic ASM Changes Term Length To a Year

Yesterday, the six current ASM representatives held an open meeting to discuss and vote on twenty amendments to the charter. Formalization and complication are creeping in. The meeting progressed for more than an hour amid lengthy discussions, including some around changes adopted having typos that could not be removed because representatives were unable to agree on whether it was acceptable to change the wording mishaps during the voting. ... Read More

When is never again?

This morning marks exactly 99 years since the end of the “war to end all wars. Except it wasn't the end, it never is. As historian Antoon de Baets explained, it's not “never again;” — it's “again, and again, and again.” ... Read More

Are Minerva Students Silent or is Communication Broken?

Only five students showed up to the first town hall last week, apart from the representatives. Applause to those who made it. If that is not your format, find another. It has to be possible for people to engage. Most students probably do not go because there are too many other things on their minds, too much to do in the constant rollercoaster of Minerva life, but is it really too much to ask to go to one input session to share ideas?... Read More