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About walkerjay

The author, N. Jayaram, a journalist now based in Bangalore after more than 23 years in East Asia (mainly Hong Kong and Beijing) and 11 years in New Delhi, was with the Press Trust of India news agency for 15 years and Agence France-Presse for 11 years and is currently engaged in editing and translating for NGOs and academic institutions.

THE SECOND MOTHER (2015), ENGAGING BRAZILIAN FILM ABOUT DOMESTIC WORKERS

Hong Kongers ought to savour this award-winning work showing as part of HKIFF A movie currently doing the rounds of festivals in Asia – it was lately in Indian ones and will enjoy three screenings at the Hong Kong International … Continue reading

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WHAT’S IN A CITY’S NAME, OR RATHER THE SPELLING THEREOF?

The Independent, a British newspaper (ceasing print publication), is reverting to the spelling Bombay rather than Mumbai, its India-born editor Amol Rajan widely quoted as having said that the move was to resist toeing the Hindu nationalists’ line. It’s not … Continue reading

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MEHDI HASAN, ALBEIT A BRILLIANT DEBATOR, WAS RATHER SOFT ON RAM MADHAV

As a Youtube video which has gone viral testifies, Mehdi Hasan is a brilliant intellectual and while several versions of his scintillating delivery in the Oxford Debate are extant on Youtube, that the following has a mere 1.75 million hits … Continue reading

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OF DONKEYS AND ONE WOMAN’S PERIODS

On joining a social networking site in mid-2010 I noticed that most people had posted some picture or other – their own or their canine or feline companions’. So I put one up of a donkey on a street, a jaywalker, … Continue reading

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HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE DEATH PENALTY: FROM THE MOUTHS OF LITTLE KIDS

A nephew of mine, Jayasimha Yashas,  who teaches in a government primary school in Chennai/Madras while on two years’ sabbatical working for one of India’s foremost IT companies, invited me to speak to his young charges while I was in … Continue reading

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MY NINE DAYS IN DALTONGANJ JAIL

(With a long prologue, longer epilogue and a short main section) Exactly 40 years ago, on the evening of 3rdSeptember 1974, I entered the jail in Daltonganj, headquarters of Palamu district (then of Bihar, now of Jharkhand state) and was … Continue reading

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SPEAKING WELL, AND ILL, OF U.R. ANANTHAMURTHY

(After Margaret Thatcher’s death, there was a brief discussion among many people on social media about the acceptability or otherwise of speaking ill of the recently dead. My takeaway was that we simply need to tell it like it is. … Continue reading

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