Dear Mr. Tharoor, You’re Mistaken If You Think Indian ‘Professionals’ Can Help Politics

http://www.huffingtonpost.in/sumana-khan/dear-mr-tharoor-you-re-mistaken-if-you-think-indian-professio_a_23067409/ Dear Mr. Tharoor, Like many others, I am in awe of you, especially your intellect and verbal acumen. This is a humble attempt to respond to your recent “openings” pitch for the newly launched All India Professionals’ Congress. Like many other would-be professionals, I too never considered politics as I readied myself for a…

My Name Is Khan And I’m Not A Muslim—Do You See Me Differently Now?

http://www.huffingtonpost.in/sumana-khan/my-name-is-khan-and-i-m-not-a-muslim-do-you-see-me-differently-now_a_23192135/ My name is Sumana Khan. No, please don’t pronounce Khan from the epiglottis, and don’t feel obliged to reassure yourself and me with the famous assertion, “Your name is Khan and you are not a terrorist.” I usually avoid explaining my surname but I will do so here because it has placed me at…

From ‘Personnel’ to ‘Human Resource’: The HRD Name Game Is Revealing

http://www.huffingtonpost.in/sumana-khan/from-personnel-to-human-resource-the-hrd-name-game-is-revea_a_23027972/ My father began his service in the Personnel Department of a Maharatna PSU and retired from the Human Resource Department of the same PSU. Throughout his career he had worked in the same department, so this nomenclatural shift had always intrigued me. Then, his diary always had words such as ‘man-power’ and ‘welfare’ scribbled…

29 Reasons Why: A Stroll Through The States To See Whether Acchhe Din Have Dawned

http://www.huffingtonpost.in/sumana-khan/29-reasons-why-a-stroll-through-the-states-to-see-whether-acchh_a_22132251/ Dear Prime Minister, Many congratulations for the completion of three years in power. There are countless news reports being written on your success and failures of your policies, schemes et al. However, what I want to do is a little different. I want to give you an in-a-nutshell idea of what 29 states in…

Encounters With Discrimination: Tale Of An Independent Working Woman in India

https://www.youthkiawaaz.com/2017/03/encounters-with-discrimination-a-tale-of-an-fiercly-independent-indian-working-woman-2/ For women in India, gender based discrimination, violence and disparity is something that is taken as normal and we, as a woman, are used to it right since when we are born. Forget careers, jobs, marriages, interestingly, even diets are planned based on gender. In Gujarat, pede are distributed when a boy is born and for…

7 Lessons On Speeches That Modi Could Learn From Obama’s Farewell Address

http://www.huffingtonpost.in/sumana-khan/7-lessons-on-speeches-that-modi-could-learn-from-obamas-farewel_a_21653316/ The farewell address of Barack Obama bore the hallmarks of a true leader—because it was not only about him but his country people; it was never “my” achievement but “our” achievement. Also, as always, he started his address by saying “Michelle and I…,” reinforcing her role as a partner rather than just as a…

Year 2030: For the Love of Obesity, Lucy being Lousy

Lucy (waving):  Hey, ya, what’s up bud! Silky: All well dude, but what’s wrong with Swati…. Lucy: Why what happened… Silky: I see her dieting all the time. Lucy: Yes, Swati is tensed about her weight. Silky: Ahhh! I have never seen her happy on that. Lucy: True that! But, she desperately wants to lose…