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... A cremation ground is not my idea of a place to write. Until this piece started to write itself there. This happened the last time I attended a funeral in Delhi. The sights and sounds were the usual. The chants of “Ram” as a reminder of the eternal truth of death. The living and the dead waiting together, only to part company soon. The air laden with grief. Except this time round, all this appeared with parallel meanings. My attention was drawn to palls of thick, dark smoke, heavy logs burning at each pyre and the stockpile of wood that would soon be consumed. I saw the ash rise gently from the dead, fall on the living and float all around. I watched smoke disappear into Delhi’s grey skies, a city already desperately gasping for clean air while wearing its smoggy winter look. ...Indian Express on Dec. 7, 2016, 12:45 a.m.
...This is similar to her position on criminalising marital rape — Gandhi wanted evidence of marital rape cases before supporting a legislation.While the minister’s stress on evidence is well-founded and so is her concern about men’s role in childcare, should she be waiting for a change in the norm before drawing up a policy?Perhaps a substantive paternity leave will foster possibilities for a turnaround.Although arguments for paternity leave are well-known and compelling, the minister’s reservations are best countered by lessons from precedents. ...Indian Express on Aug. 31, 2016, 12:06 a.m.