Monday, March 31, 2008


  1. Harini excerpts B.R. Ambedkar's Annihilation of Caste. Here's how Ambedkar debunks the "division of labour" defence of the caste system:

    ... the first thing is to be urged against this view is that Caste System is not merely division of labour. It is also a division of labourers.

  2. Janet Stemwedel on science vs. politics.
  3. Sean Carroll on politicians and critics.
  4. P.Z. Myers on the trauma and the mayhem unleashed by godless Newtonism.
  5. The arguments for, and against, privatization of US public universities.
  6. Why does this xkcd cartoon work so well? [For added pleasure, do read the text embedded with the pic -- just hover the mouse over the cartoon]


  1. Anonymous said...

    Prof. Abi,

    Going by link and the nature of this post, I am sure you would have had typical hostel student kind of fun in the campus during your ITBHU days! ;-)

    It's really heartening to see such kind of professors. Welcome break from the dull, morose, non-witty kind of ones(at least most of them in IIT KGP) seen here!

    Nice blog.


    Michael Sleepenerdy

  2. Anonymous said...

    Hi Abi
    Thanks for the link :)
    He was truly a great thinker ... such simplicity and clarity of thought ! Re reading that book is a revelation... i wish that it is more available.....

  3. Animesh said...

    funny how I blogged about the same comic today :). I totally agree with anon1.

    Also, those not using the latest Beta version of firefox may not be able to see all the text. They can right click on the image -> properties .. and read the "title".