Scripture and Russian tradition, the church said, regard “the reasonable and loving use of physical punishment as an essential part of the rights given to parents by God himself”.
Why Russia is about to decriminalise wife-beating, January 28, 2017 at 12:03PM
I know a vast proportion of population back in India would completely agree with the Russian duma on this, with religious and societal permission.
I remember an aunt who used to be regularly beaten by her husband, and her mom refused to interfere because it was ‘between her and her husband’. Her husband, and his family, burnt her to death a few years after since she didn’t get sufficient dowry.
The grand aunt was one of the strongest, most independent women I’d known till then. Her daughter’s murder broke her. Yet, she refused to accept that she should’ve intervened. She only regretted not choosing a better husband in the first place.
Not surprising then, that women led the Russian wife-beating law, or that women voted for Trump in large numbers, or that women are big supporters of some of the most women-oppressing societal norms in India.
‘The key at arriving at a successful outcome,’ Menon notes, ‘was keeping public rhetoric calm and steady, displaying strength, and giving the adversary a way out.’
The Sober Realist | OPEN Magazine, January 27, 2017 at 01:31AM
She fears that India is moving towards extremism, and I try and tell her that we are too diverse for one person to rule the discourse.
Most Indians are still fairly secular: Kalki Koechlin, January 23, 2017 at 12:28PM
… we are looking for a religious identity in India now, and what that did to Pakistan.
Some countries build benign, efficient institutions that foster economic growth;
others build predatory ones that retard it.
How to fix failed states, January 12, 2017 at 02:53AM
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China’s deep-seated bureaucratic traditions of coercion and paternalism. The government feels that it has a right to intrude on citizens’ lives.
China’s digital dictatorship, December 21, 2016 at 12:54AM
Not very different from India in this matter 🙁
“Party leaders love the anti-defection rule,” says Mr Madhavan, “but it means MPs have no choice but to follow orders—they represent neither their own conscience nor constituents.”
Mr Tharoor: “but there are many MPs who see their job as performers in a theatre, since the outcome of voting is anyway preordained.”
Everyone is talking about demonetisation in India—except parliament, December 20, 2016 at 03:41PM