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Kejriwal vs Bedi public debate would deepen our democracy
Posted by Gul Panag on February 3rd, 2015

A version of this piece appeared in today’s (Feb 03, 2015) Hindustan Times.
There were many memorable highlights of my debut Lok Sabha election campaign from Chandigarh last year. But the one experience I cherish most was a public debate we three major candidates held for NDTV. I really hoped that if there is one thing [...]

AIR POLLUTION – Why Full Statehood for Delhi will Help my Half-Marathon Timing
Posted by Gul Panag on January 31st, 2015

This appeared in The Economic Times (Delhi) on Jan 31 2015
When I informed a good friend in Mumbai about my intention to participate in the Delhi Half-Marathon last November, she asked, “With or without the mask?“ A typical Mumbaikar’s retort for Delhi. She might have been half-serious, but she wasn’t wrong. The problem of air [...]

Party planning
Posted by Gul Panag on January 13th, 2015

This appeared in The Indian Express on January 13, 2015
In a country where political awareness and interest levels are at new highs, there is a simple question that few, including the highly educated, have asked: How do political parties actually raise funds to fight elections?
At the root of that simple question lies the answer to [...]

Pageants and prejudice
Posted by Gul Panag on September 23rd, 2013

This appeared in DNA Sep 22, 2013
To mistake Indians for West Asians is one thing. But to even cast a racist slur against people of Arab origin, is not an America we know of, says Gul Panag, referring to the recent geographical and racial hoopla in the Miss America pageant, and the undercurrents of international [...]

Social media, social ignorance
Posted by Gul Panag on June 3rd, 2013

This appeared in The Indian Express on June 01, 2013
Twitter outrage over the mannequin ban does not reflect Mumbai’s many conflicting moralities
Applying Western liberal standards of gender equality to Indian society is perhaps premature. Being the world’s largest democracy is no mean achievement. However, political democracy and equality alone is cited as a measure of [...]

Andamans
Posted by Gul Panag on May 19th, 2013

The sea plane journey to Havelock was uneventful, yet serenely enjoyable. The ever prepared Husband had informed me well in advance that we could carry only 5kgs per head.

Let’s portray women as more than just arm candy
Posted by Gul Panag on January 25th, 2013

This appeared in the Hindustan Times on 25th January
I was brought up to believe that the world is by and large a fair place, but that you have to watch out for yourself. I was taught to believe in the system and be prepared for the worst case scenario, always. Despite the recent and ’sudden’ [...]

Made by patriarchy
Posted by Gul Panag on December 26th, 2012

This appeared in the Indian Express
While women’s lack of safety is a societal problem, the state makes it worse
The fact that there exists a gender bias in a patriarchal society is beyond contest. Also the fact that it leads to unequal opportunity in all spheres is a foregone conclusion. The debate starts at the point [...]

A perfect mountain getaway
Posted by Gul Panag on October 22nd, 2012

Published in Hindustan Times
Himachal has been one of my favourite states for camping and trekking for a while. The fact that it offers easy accessibility from my hometown Chandigarh is definitely a plus, since almost all our trips begin from there. Let me add here that the whole rationale for us as a family to [...]

Journey to Sach Pass
Posted by Gul Panag on July 28th, 2012

Despite the windows being up( to keep out the cold, we were now at 11000ft) we heard it before we saw it. White water terror awaited us up ahead. Almost 200 meters of it, flowing fast down the mountain side. The thought of turning back broke my heart.

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