Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Roman poet Juvenal’s famous lines, which translate roughly as ‘Who will guard the guards?‘, are ever more relevant today than they probably ever were before.  It relates to the question of who keeps those in power under check, under scrutiny. Is there a way to appraise leaders, to even repeal? At the moment, not. But […]

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True Welfare is Intersectional

(I wrote this article during my tenure as the Cambridge University Graduate Union Welfare Officer. It came around the time when the discussion on a welfare subcommittee and the role of intersectionality in student welfare was being discussed. This paper is published online here.) Christina Hoff Sommers beautifully captured the central idea of this article […]

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Eddies of Easterlies

(A few verses on memories and emotions, written spontaneously and fairly quickly after a conversation, and after quite a hiatus from writing poetry. As they say, it comes when it comes. You can follow some of my poetry and read my other poems on this recently opened account at AllPoetry) Fragrance of memories, ushered in; […]

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In Solidarity for more Welfare!

A opinion piece about questions pertaining to promoting more welfare provisions for Graduate students of the University of Cambridge. As your Graduate Union Welfare Officer, I would like to share my views on the same. Welfare refers to the `social effort designed to promote the basic physical and material well-being of people in need’, as per […]

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The Art of Science Diplomacy

Richard Holbrooke once said ‘Diplomacy is like jazz: endless variations on a theme’. A fine-art as it seemingly is, diplomacy has recently had an added embellishment on its canvas: science. For the diplomats of the day, this new addition to the vanguard of diplomacy has come with a lot of additional resources and opportunities, over […]

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Remembering Professor Stephen Hawking

The University of Cambridge recently lost a crown jewel in Professor Stephen Hawking, with the renowned physicist passing away at the age of 76, on 14 March 2018. Interestingly, having been born on the 300th anniversary of Galileo Galilei’s death, Professor Hawking passed away on the 139th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s birth. My message of condolence on the […]

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There was recently a beautiful exhibition on ‘SciArt’ (Art using, from and about Science) at my department (Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge). On 20th March 2018, to be precise. It was a beautiful dialogue, of sorts, between the realms of science and arts. From fractals representing self-similarity to ‘God’s Toolbox’, it was an interesting mix […]

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