The battle over Bhima-Koregaon is not just one of history, it is a battle for identity and equality, Shiv Vishwanathan writes in The Hindu.
In this photo essay for Fountain Ink, Sugato Mukherjee captures the difficult life of the Agariyas of Bhuj, who toil hard to put the salt on our plates.
“We cannot allow ourselves to be caught between a hard place and a hard place,” writes former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram in The Indian Express. “If we do, the losers will be the people of Jammu & Kashmir and India will lose the opportunity to find a political solution.”
The Parayars of Madras too have a legacy of valour, and other martial caste groups of Tamil Nadu cannot snatch it away. D Ravikumar details a little-known battle that Dalits fought as part of the British Indian Army in the Madras Presidency.
How long can an administration work around an incapable President? Ross Douthat in the New York Times on the travails of the US administration under Donald Trump.
The much-maligned Paris climate deal has the potential to transform capitalism – if we know how to use it, says Michael Dobson in Jacobin.
We are alienating each other with unrestrained callouts and unchecked self-righteousness, says Frances Lee about the trajectory that rights activism is taking.
While banks have been regulated since their inception, the approach to regulation has followed an evolutionary path, saysHarsh Vardhan in Mint.
The theory and praxis of social ecology remains our best hope to fend off a dystopian future and meaningfully reshape the fate of humanity on this planet, argues Brian Tokar in the Roar Magazine.
None of the experts featured in a recent video released by the Science Channel makes any claim on the Ram Setu as a human construct nor does this video cite any published scientific results, points out CP Rajendran in The Wire.
As our parents grow older, our ‘adulting’ skills are tested like never before.
From answering every homework question to killing every monster under the bed, from soothing every wound with care to crushing anxiety by just the sound of their voice - parents understandably seemed like invincible, know-it-all superheroes all our childhood. It’s no wonder then that reality hits all of a sudden, the first time a parent falls and suffers a slip disc, or wears a thick pair of spectacles to read a restaurant menu - our parents are growing old, and older. It’s a slow process as our parents turn from superheroes to...human.
And just as slow to evolve are the dynamics of our relationship with them. Once upon a time, a peck on the cheek was a frequent ritual. As were handmade birthday cards every year from the artistically inclined, or declaring parents as ‘My Hero’ in school essays. Every parent-child duo could boast of an affectionate ritual - movie nights, cooking Sundays, reading favourite books together etc. The changed dynamic is indeed the most visible in the way we express our affection.
The affection is now expressed in more mature, more subtle ways - ways that mimics that of our own parents’ a lot. When did we start parenting our parents? Was it the first time we offered to foot the electricity bill, or drove them to the doctor, or dragged them along on a much-needed morning walk? Little did we know those innocent acts were but a start of a gradual role reversal.
In adulthood, children’s affection for their parents takes on a sense of responsibility. It includes everything from teaching them how to use smartphones effectively and contributing to family finances to tracking doctor’s appointments and ensuring medicine compliance. Worry and concern, though evidence of love, tend to largely replace old-fashioned patterns of affection between parents and children as the latter grow up.
It’s something that can be easily rectified, though. Start at the simplest - the old-fashioned peck on the cheek. When was the last time you gave your mom or dad a peck on the cheek like a spontaneous five-year-old - for no reason at all? Young parents can take their own children’s behaviour available as inspiration.
As young parents come to understand the responsibilities associated with caring for their parents, they also come to realise that they wouldn’t want their children to go through the same challenges. Creating a safe and secure environment for your family can help you strike a balance between the loving child in you and the caring, responsible adult that you are. A good life insurance plan can help families deal with unforeseen health crises by providing protection against financial loss. Having assurance of a measure of financial security for family can help ease financial tensions considerably, leaving you to focus on being a caring, affectionate child. Moreover,you can eliminate some of the worry for your children when they grow up – as the video below shows.
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