A couple of weeks ago, I dispersed some thoughts on David Turner’s new book The Old Boys, on the history of English public schools. I did not consider the elitism that has dogged these schools since their inception in that post; I have reserved this matter for a separate post where it can be done justice. My … More Meritocracy on an Uneven Playing Field
A week off after my first set of Cambridge exams has finally given me time to read non-legal material. The first on the list this summer is David Turner’s The Old Boys, a history of the decline and rise of public schools in England. Rather than a full-scale review, I seek to present a series of … More David Turner – The Old Boys: Some Scattered Thoughts
As was inevitable, exam term at Cambridge has meant that I haven’t been able to put my metaphorical pen to this metaphorical and futuristic paper for some time. As I did in the wake of my A-Level exams last year, I want to talk about education. But not about Cambridge education. Though I have become … More Grammatical Problems
The length of the hiatus between this and my previous post is testament to the rigours of a term at Cambridge. To say that we’re a little pushed for time is an understatement. In the UK, both Sangh and NHSF have done a very good job of putting the idea of sewa (selfless service) across. … More Dharma and Artha: Chicken and Egg?
I have always felt that the New Year is a time for reflection and a refreshed approach to life. For those who were there, Sangh Shiksha Varg 2015 was an important part of 2015 upon which we ought to reflect. It is all well and good applying what we learnt over the course of ten days … More 24/7 Swayamsevak
I’d like to open up this post with this tweet from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted earlier today: ‘On the occasion of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi greetings to you all. May this festival deepen the bond of brotherhood & compassion in society.’ Given the large Muslim population in India, such a tweet is no surprise. Why have I … More Open Minds and Open Hearts
When most people think about England’s great composers, the names of Henry Purcell, Edward Elgar, Benjamin Britten and Ralph Vaughan Williams immediately spring to mind. There is, however, one composer who has been consistently forgotten over the past 99 years. I am referring to George Butterworth, a twentieth-century composer whose life was cut tragically short … More England’s Forgotten Composer