Tag: Dr. R. Balasubramaniam

And I was ordained a Jenukuruba…
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And I was ordained a Jenukuruba…

July 19, 2017

By Dr. R. Balasubramaniam Caste and religion has today become an inseparable part of the daily discourse.  Whether it is a discussion around a marriage in the family, or renting out one’s house or the politics of the nation, we seem to have reconciled to this being a part of our DNA. While some of…

Seeing God in Man…
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Seeing God in Man…

July 5, 2017

By Dr. R. Balasubramaniam This incident happened a few years ago. I was walking towards Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama in Mysore and was waiting at a signal-light to cross the road. Being a 4-way junction, the wait seemed to be a long one. It was then that I noticed a middle-aged woman selling bananas by the…

The joy of giving…
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The joy of giving…

June 25, 2017

By Dr. R. Balasubramaniam There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.  — Kahlil Gibran Running a non-profit is not as easy as it sounds.  Apart from the image that the sector generates, the constant uncertainties of funding and resource mobilisation, the lack of high-quality talent, the changing demands of…

A citizen’s letter to the Chief Minister…
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A citizen’s letter to the Chief Minister…

June 7, 2017

By Dr. R. Balasubramaniam Dear Chief Minister, Last week saw a mega ‘tamasha’ unfold in our city of Mysuru by your Government… I am sure your officers would not have told you that the main arterial thoroughfares of Mysuru were blocked with buses coming in from all directions putting the city into disarray. Each of…

The transformation of Chikkaputti
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The transformation of Chikkaputti

May 24, 2017

By Dr. R. Balasubramaniam Many years ago, I ran chasing young Manjula (whom I used to fondly call Chikkaputti), a 7-year-old Jenukuruba tribal girl. She was determined to escape being caught and was trying her desperate best to avoid coming to our school.  Not someone who would give up easily, I went after her as…

Water: Whose business is it anyway?
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Water: Whose business is it anyway?

April 12, 2017

By Dr. R. Balasubramaniam Last week on my early morning walk, I could not resist the temptation of walking up to a middle-aged woman washing the entrance to her house. She seemed to be oblivious to any concerns of water scarcity and was pouring large quantities of precious fresh water onto the concrete walkway leading…

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