Affirmative Politics: The Hidden Elitism of Teacher Recruitment in Bengal

This piece was written for my blog at work. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ A visitor to the office this afternoon brought with him an advertisement from the school education classifieds, which stated that 40% of the proposed body of appointees to secondary school teaching positions will be reserved for applicants with a 'pure science' [Physics, Chemistry, in some … Continue reading Affirmative Politics: The Hidden Elitism of Teacher Recruitment in Bengal

The Great Bengal Laughter Challenge

This piece is translated from Bengali, and edited. The original was written for my blog at work. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The latest from the Bengal Guffaw Factory -- after arresting citizens for posting a political cartoon online --  is the marriage market embargo declared on the Reds by the Greens. Well, I say embargo. What happened was … Continue reading The Great Bengal Laughter Challenge

Egg vs. Sperm: Culture in Supply and Demand

In this week's Life section on Salon, my brilliant friend Mandy interviews Rene Almeling, assistant professor of sociology at Yale and author of Sex Cells, a book analysing trends in the egg and sperm market. For those that haven't had occasion to notice, donor-density in the egg and sperm market has increased noticeably since the … Continue reading Egg vs. Sperm: Culture in Supply and Demand

Girls to Girls, Boys to Boys: Demand for Classroom Segregation in Rural India

This piece was written for my blog at work in July, immediately after the conference where the school students presented their demands for female-only schools. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ I've just come across a link to Feministe's post on gender-segregated classrooms. Eesha, the author, has discovered that the practice of separating the genders at the elementary level is … Continue reading Girls to Girls, Boys to Boys: Demand for Classroom Segregation in Rural India