Dear Friends,

in the last 30 years since school, I have never taken a physical education class. I have walked a fair bit in my life, I am a walker, but have studiously stayed away from anything more than that much exercise. I am middle-aged now, stout; I do not care much for what I wear, how I look. I am food agnostic. Yet, one October morning last year, I enrolled for BARPS – a somatic technique conceptualised by dancer and somatic master Navtej Johar.

Here is my experience. Please read …

 

13
Mar

Panjab Elections: The Hindu podcast

   Posted by: aman   in Punjab

Dear Friends,

I know, many like me are stunned at Panjab’s choice. This is for you. We are trying to keep dialogue going.

G Sampat from The Hindu spoke to me about AAP’s tremendous win in Panjab. Here are my views on the present and the future of the party which will now govern Panjab. I believe the Panjabis are a robust people but bad politicking over decades has placed Panjab in a precarious place and hope through better governance and development AAP provides the healing touch the state needs.

Please listen, 29 minutes, English.

13
Mar

Panjab Elections: On a Panel for Punjab Television

   Posted by: aman   in Punjab

Dear Friends,

it was my pleasure yesterday to join Prof Surinder Singh Jodhka on a panel discussion for Punjab Television on AAP forming the new government in Panjab.

Please see here …

 

12
Mar

Panjab Elections: Comment in News Click

   Posted by: aman   in Punjab

Dear Friends,

Ravi Kaushal from News Click spoke to me and others on elections results.

Here are our views …

12
Mar

Panjab Elections: Audio Comment on Indie Journal

   Posted by: aman   in Punjab

Dear Friends,

Prajakta Joshi from Indie Journal asked me my views on the elections. Here is the recording with others. My section is: minutes 15.37 to 19.57 – English.

Please listen to link here …

12
Mar

Panjab Elections: Comment in Outlook Magazine

   Posted by: aman   in Punjab

Dear Friends,

after the election results were out, yesterday Ashutosh Sharma from Outlook Magazine asked if it Panjab had voted pro-AAP. I differed. Other experts also spoke.

Please read my views here … 

12
Mar

Panjab Elections: Comment in Woke Malayalam

   Posted by: aman   in Other

Dear Friends,

on election result day, as the numbers were emerging, Woke Malayalam asked me for my comments.

Please read, they are here …

Dear Friends,

Pheroze Vincent is travelling Panjab and filing reports on the build up to elections. We were talking and I mentioned a big lacunae I have noticed over years of election reporting, opinion and exit polls – basically when we try to gauge the mood of the people.

The lacunae is: for various reasons such as most reporters being male, inherent patriarchy in society, the reports are largely from a male point of view. On ground, as I experienced last time, it is difficult to access women’s opinions. It is assumed women in a family will vote where men are voting. I find that problematic simply because women no longer vote where the men vote. They have their own mind.

In my view, last time in Panjab assembly elections, women who form nearly 50 per cent electorate, across class, religion and caste, voted in favour of one party.

I stated that to Vincent and he quoted me. Please see here …

16
Feb

The Public India: Interview of Farmers Protest

   Posted by: aman   in Other, Punjab

Sorry this is an old post that somehow went into draft. My bad! Processed it today. It is from July 2, 2021.

Dear Friends,

recently AJ Singh contacted me to speak on the #FarmersProtest. Anand Vardan from The Public India and I spoke on various issues old and new: solidarities in the protests, January 26th, SKM, foreign funding, role in state elections.

Here is the interview in Hindi. 27.15 minutes.

Dear Friends,

Pheroze Vincent from The Telegraph chatted with me recently on the significance of Charanjit Singh Channi being appointed the Panjab chief minister and now the CM face for Congress in the upcoming elections.

“If Congress sneaks a win, it will be a big change for how people look at Jat and Dalit relations in the state. After Mayawati, caste equations changed in Uttar Pradesh.”

Please see here …