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review 2017-04-02 02:39
REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM by Noam Chomsky
Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 P... Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power - Noam Chomsky,Peter Hutchison,Kelly Nyks,Jared P. Scott
  Very timely. Very interesting. It's the companion book to the documentary by the same name. I liked that he went back 50 years to put what is happening today in our government and society in prospective and giving us the history of what has led up to today. He gives examples as well as excerpts of his source materials. This is written so it can be understood by everyone. I learned a lot. There is a lot to think about in these pages.
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text 2017-03-22 10:29
Crack TISSNET to Get Admission in Tata Institute of Social Science

TISSNET is the national entrance test to seek admission in any full-time post-graduate programmes (MA, M.Sc, MHA, MPH) in Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS). These courses are offered in independent centres across TISS Mumbai, Hyderabad, Guwahati and Tuljapur. All the campuses of TISS have experienced and dedicated faculty, engaged in teaching and research. In addition, the college follows a unified campus placement policy and process.

 

TISS admission procedure is a computer-based national entrance test. It is an objective type test and even applicants with a basic knowledge of computer can apply for it. The exam will have 3 sections including General Knowledge, Logical Reasoning & Analytical Ability and Verbal ability.   

 

1. General Knowledge

 

This section will test the student on topics related to general awareness and current affairs. The questions will be based on Indian and world history, recent social issues and movements held across the world, etc.    

 

2. Analytical Ability and Logical Reasoning

 

Analytical and numerical ability section will include questions related to mathematics, data interpretation and logical reasoning. To score good marks in this section, the applicant needs to have a strong hold on topics like time & distance, ratio & proportion, average, HCF & LCM, percentage, etc.  

 

3. Verbal Ability

 

A strong hold on the English language is very important in order to clear this section. The candidate will be asked a set of questions based on a comprehension. Apart from the passage, the questions are related to topics like synonyms & antonyms, omissions, etc.  

 

4. Selection Procedure

 

Candidates will be shortlisted based on their performance in the TISSNET. The selected candidates are called for a pre-interview test (PIT) or group discussion, followed by a personal interview (PI). While the national entrance test carries 100 marks, Pre-interview test and Personal interview contain 50 & 75 marks respectively.

 

How to Apply for TISSNET?

 

For pursuing the master’s degree, the candidate is required to follow a specified admission procedure in Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Apply for TISSNET on the official website and keep the following factors in mind when filling the application form:  

 

  1. In order to apply online, applicants are expected to register themselves at https://appln-admissions.tiss.edu/register/ and log on to the official website. Candidates can apply for TISSNET from there.
  2. Fill the application form carefully, mention all the necessary information and make sure it is correct. Also, keep all the required documents ready.
  3. Once the form is completed, pay the requisite application fee and submit your application form.
  4. It is important to download and take a printout of the application form for future references.

 

Tata Institute of Social Science brings together high-quality scholars and practitioners from social, political, economic, engineering, health and environmental sciences to create interdisciplinary teaching and research programmes amalgamated with field training to address the most critical issues of the nation. Candidates having a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 3 years duration are eligible to apply for the TISSNET. Candidates studying in their last semesters can also apply for a master’s degree in TISS but only if they have scored passing marks in all their previous years’ semesters.    

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review 2016-06-24 02:27
what happens when a group discusses a book about women? mansplaining!
Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women - Geraldine Brooks

I read this as part of a bookclub discussion. The book was selected by a lovely woman who fled Iran 24 years ago, and had lived through the revolution, war and economic sanctions against her country. She said she started reading it a year ago but it was just too emotional and so she thought with the support of the bookclub she could get through it. I was grateful for her choice as this was interesting, informative and a unique perspective on the topic. Instead of a classic 'book report' I have decided to share the bookclub discussion experience.

 

So, the group met yesterday evening, 9 women and 5 men. The group on the whole is well educated, well informed, well read and generally progressive. After everyone has takes a turn to give their impression of the book, open discussion follows. And guess what followed? MANSPLAINING! The book was about women in Islamic middle eastern cultures, told through very personal stories. Some were positive, but many very illustrative of how women are subjugated, abused and repressed. While political and economic policy are relevant to such a book, this wasn't a book about politics or policy. Nevertheless, a subset of the men in the room hijacked the discussion into that. When the woman from Iran (who lived through the revolution) explained that Iranian revolution in 1979 was not entirely rooted in the rise Islamic fundamentalism, she was corrected. When she described the economic disparity in Iran (no middle class) she was corrected. When I brought up my opinion that it's not the Islamic faith that leads to repression of women, but rather patriarchal cultural practices, I was corrected. The irony of the whole situation was not lost on me, nor was it lost on many of the other women in the room.

To be fair, these men aren't misogynists and they are probably sympathetic to feminist causes. But they have also been raised to be more assertive and are better skilled at inserting their opinions into the discussion. They may not consciously discount a woman' s opinion, but they probably are oblivious to their subconscious biases. Even in 'so called' enlightened western culture, in one of the most liberal cities in America, you can find micro aggressions against women in the context of a book discussion about the oppression of Islamic women. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

 

Now, turn a subconscious bias against women into one that is culturally sanctioned through religious interpretation and you have the plight of many many Islamic women in the Middle East. Even though this book is 20+ years old and not without flaws, it is informative a worth a read.

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review 2015-07-01 00:53
The Rape Of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust Of World War II - William C. Kirby,Iris Chang

The Rape of Nanking is a hard book to read. Its unsettling at times and just makes you hate people. Most of us Americans probably never heard about the Nanking Massacre when we learned about WWII, I remember vaguely learning Japan was invading China, but that was it. What the Japanese did to the Chinese is Nanking is horrific, it goes beyond war and there just no justifying it. The Japanese killed hundreds of thousands Chinese civilians in degrading and torturous ways within a matter of a few days. They raped thousands of women and mutilated their genitals, forced family members to watch and participate, and killed everyone once they were done. Iris Chang explains from 3 angles how the massacre happened, from the Japanese government side, the Chinese government and civilians and Western foreigners who stayed to document and help create a safety zone. She also shows how this event was handled immediately after and then how it was white washed away to the point many Japanese deny it ever happened despite photo proof. The Rape of Nanking is very well written, but I felt it didn’t go deep enough into it. It’s a good starting point and it’s goes full circle from cause, event, lasting effect.

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review 2015-05-26 02:14
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness - Michelle Alexander
  This is one of the most important books I have ever read. Basically Michelle Alexander shows how The War on Drugs and mass incarceration is the new racial caste. She explains how slavery began, how slavery ended, the new racist laws during reconstruction, the fall of the laws, the rise of Jim Crow, the fall of Jim Crow and then finally the rise of using the prison system to continue to target black communities and treat them like 2nd class citizens. It might sound crazy at first, Michelle couldn’t believe it at first either, but she spells it out point by point. My mind was blown. The thing is you probably already know and heard a lot of the statistics used, but seeing them all together and how they add up is shocking. The New Jim Crow is informative of the history that cause the mass incarceration of black, the policies made under both political parties that targeted blacks by instead using the world criminals to avoid blatant racism in the public. It explains how the courts are able to continue this caste, by protecting itself with rulings that prevent people to even bring up it is racially bias. The book also explains what it truly means to be a felon, how it is legal for our country to discriminate against felons, and what it is doing to the black communities.

I highly recommend reading The New Jim Crow especially with the current events going on. This needs to be talked about and brought to light. It makes me upset that our country can ignore this problem.

 

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