Nirmukta Videos

Namit Arora explores the concepts of “merit” and “success”, and what we can take credit for or not. He presents three models of economic justice by which a society might allocate its rewards—libertarian, meritocratic, and egalitarian—and consider the pros and cons of each model using examples from both India and abroad.

Science & Philosophy

  • Unearthing The Treasures Of Ariyalur – A Documentary

    Early July 2015, a bunch of us from CAFF gathered to discuss and reboot ‘Nirmukta Videos‘ project. It was also to deliberate on the idea of making the most out of our in-house paleontologist’s visit to TN. Nirmal Rajah, has hosted a talk about fossils and paleontology, and it was a runaway hit – so the decision to make this documentary film about fossils in Ariyalur, coinciding with his visit, was rather easy! Around August, after days of shooting and […]

  • Hatred in the Belly – A Book Review

    It has been over a month since the book ‘Hatred in the Belly: Politics behind the Appropriation of Dr. Ambedkar’s Writings’ was released by the Shared Mirror Publishing House. It is the work of a collective of 38 contributors, consisting of artists, poets, writers, activists, academics and anti-caste groups (like Round Table India, Savari, Dalit Camera, etc.), called the Ambedkar Age Collective. By the end of the first week of its release, it was a bestseller on Amazon and there […]

  • Ayurgenomics – much ado about nothing !

    Recently there has been several write ups in both conventional and social media about a new area of health science research called Ayurgenomics. Ayurgenomics is supposed to help in smoothly integrating tridosha concept of Ayurveda with modern science. There are even claims that tridosha concept has been validated by modern science using genetic studies. Being a science enthusiast and a practicing medical doctor I was deeply interested and decided to have a close look.

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Pseudoscience & Religion

  • Casteist Newspeak and the death of Rohith Vemula

    [TRIGGER WARNING for suicide and casteism] In his dystopian novel 1984, the writer George Orwell described a new language being developed by the ruling regime of Oceania to control the thought and expression of its citizens. This language was called Newspeak, and was designed to limit freedom of thought and prevent potentially subversive concepts such as freedom, equality, democracy and peace from being utilized in articulating dissent. Accompanying this new language was a new thought process, Doublethink, which essentially involves accepting […]

  • Unnoticed and Prejudiced: What else do we need to know about Mental Illness?

    We live in a society that subjects us to develop a behavioral pattern which can perhaps be used as a database to identify us among everyone else. As we grow up in the realms of our ‘nature & nurture’, we begin to progress physically and mentally in accordance with the social norms. When an outright dose of satisfaction runs through our blood and bones to our brain, we can hear ourselves say: “I am mentally healthy”. A little socialist tone […]

  • What’s on the charts?

    The belief in astrology is as deeply entrenched as religion is in India. Vedic Astrology, is supposed to be ‘revealed’ in holy texts of Hinduism while being popularized as an ancient science of foreseeing futures based on planetary alignments (half-baked understanding of the universe). The touted sanctity and the irrefutability of the setup is established by tracing its roots to the religion and it is popularized owing to a population obsessed with charting out every detail of their life according […]

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Freethought Activism

  • Hatred in the Belly – A Book Review

    It has been over a month since the book ‘Hatred in the Belly: Politics behind the Appropriation of Dr. Ambedkar’s Writings’ was released by the Shared Mirror Publishing House. It is the work of a collective of 38 contributors, consisting of artists, poets, writers, activists, academics and anti-caste groups (like Round Table India, Savari, Dalit Camera, etc.), called the Ambedkar Age Collective. By the end of the first week of its release, it was a bestseller on Amazon and there […]

  • When Comedians Are Criminals, But Criminals Are Not.

    If understood correctly, then most acts of scientific temper and inquiry will debunk miracles and therefore, move dangerously close to ‘hurting/ insulting religion’ under the purview of Section 295A. It is about time we do away with this piece of legislation as a vestige of our imperialist past.

  • Domestic Violence Through a Child’s Eyes

    I’m sitting here trying to collect my thoughts and feelings, so I can word them for you. Some of them are from before the age when a thought was known to be a thought, some from last week. As for making a narrative out of these, I’ve been trying to do that with my therapist for months, with my spouse for years, with myself for decades. What I have is analogous to a mumble if the actual experience were an […]

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Humor & Creative Arts

  • Men mansplain how I ruined feminism for myself

    Another gem by the meninism folks is this article [1]. First of all, I wasn’t even aware that certain people had the ability to ruin a movement. I mean if it were that easy the British really should be ashamed they got cowed down by the tea party incident. Really Britain, you should just hand over your cool card. The people over at mensxp are greatly troubled about the important issues of feminism, the greatly worry-some issues of make-up, bus seats and […]

  • I am not a Goddess

    I am not a Goddess, My body is not a Temple, Do not worship me, But give me the respect I deserve. My past is not your property, My present is not yours to control, My future is my own, To explore To love To live, With no fear within. I am not a mystery, An object to be stared at, To be followed around, And dehumanised. I am a person, A human being , just like you, With Hopes […]

  • This latest series by Y-Films is a hilarious slap in the face of sexism deniers

    There have been sporadic attempts in the Indian mainstream at using the trope of a man getting to look at the world from a woman’s point of view and realising how terrible it all is. But none of these actually took on the underlying issue: Patriarchy/systemic sexism. These attempts willfully watered down the message or tried to gloss over inequality by saying how it’s bad for all, and men simply need to understand women’s point of view and vice versa. […]

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