Akshay Balan


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Educational Autonomy in the time of false ideals - The Student Outpost - Medium

Autonomy in educational institutions is all the rage these days. The Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD) recently announced its plans to repeal the University Grands Commission (UGC) Act, 1956, and in effect scrap the functioning of UGC. If this move comes together, a new Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) will replace the UGC.

What the Anthem for Dissent Sounded Like on Gauri Day

It wasn't just about Gauri Lankesh. Of course, the occasion itself was about her. It was her birthday. And everyone who showed up came to honour her memory. To appreciate her for living and eventually dying for her beliefs. On September 5, 2017, Gauri Lankesh was gunned down.

Trichy--Where My Rented Room Turned Into a Bridal Dressing Room

The first time I entered my room that evening, it smelled of jasmine. I generally don't mind jasmine. Back when I was a kid, my cousins and I went jasmine-hunting for the temple festivals in Kerala. We tied the flowers up with threads to make garlands.

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Rajammal's neighbourhood mule is older than her toilet

The only thing that stands between Rajammal's house and me is a rather large, brown horse. As someone who is used to dogs on the streets, cows even, but not horses, for a moment I couldn't figure out how to deal with this. Do I just walk past it?

Angammal's kid does potty by himself

At Angammal's home, I was suddenly reminded of childhood. Not in a misty, nostalgic way that I usually look a the past, but more like I was shaken into reality. Because suddenly, as I stood at the doorway, just as Angammal struggled with her four-year-old son, I realized how alarmingly impressive being a parent is.

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