Ranjani Iyer Mohanty
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After a previous incarnation working in information systems with consulting companies, banks, and development organizations in Canada, England, Holland, India and Portugal, Ranjani now works as a writer and editor for business, academia, and the non-profit sector. Her articles have appeared in several newspapers and magazines, including the International Herald Tribune, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Globe and Mail, and the Atlantic. She divides her time between India and Canada.

Entries by Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

Warren Beatty And My Dad

(2) Comments | Posted March 7, 2017 | 7:50 AM

Two Sundays ago, I was watching the Academy Awards with my parents and during its last moments I had something of a surreal epiphany. I never thought I'd say 'Warren Beatty' and 'my father' in the same breath, but Beatty's demeanor while presenting the Oscar for best picture reminded me...

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America Enters The Dark Ages

(12) Comments | Posted January 3, 2017 | 5:33 AM

It's being said that America is entering a post-truth era. It seems that truth is no longer of paramount importance or, as the Oxford dictionary more formally puts it, "objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion."

If Thomas Jefferson came down tomorrow to proclaim that "honesty is...

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When Babies Are Left At Construction Sites

(2) Comments | Posted October 17, 2016 | 1:37 PM

It's not an uncommon image in urban India: a toddler -- dusty, tear-stained face, wearing ragged clothing, sitting alone at a construction site.

(photo courtesy: Susan Macartney)

(Photo courtesy: Susan Macartney)


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Hollywood Envisioned Trump Nearly 60 Years Ago

(7) Comments | Posted October 12, 2016 | 4:38 PM

Last night I watched one of my favourite movies, A Face in the Crowd. Favourite not in terms of feel-good, but unsettling. This 1957 movie by Elia Kazan did not win many accolades then because it was so far ahead of its time. But now we are catching up.


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Teaching India's Children English With Read-To-Me Software

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2016 | 1:56 PM

"I want to be a lady in a flower shop, instead of selling at the corner of Tottenham Court Road," said Eliza Doolittle. "But they won't take me unless I can talk genteel. He said he could teach me."

At least since the time of My Fair Lady, people...

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India Reclaims Its Creation With International Yoga Day

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2016 | 1:46 PM

By naming June 21st as International Yoga Day, India is spreading a healthy practice and promoting the country's brand value, but it's also reclaiming an age-old tradition.

The concept of yoga was first mentioned in the ancient Hindu scriptures of the 6th century BCE, the Rig Vedas. It was...

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It's Time We Honour Indigenous Women On Canada's Currency

(5) Comments | Posted April 7, 2016 | 12:09 PM

Justin Trudeau announced on International Women's Day this March 16 that a Canadian woman will appear on the next series of bank notes expected in 2018. And the Bank of Canada is now inviting nominations as to who should appear on the bill.

This is our chance...

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Indian Women Take The Summit

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 12:08 PM

It's well known that there is strength in numbers and wisdom in crowds. But what if we're only seeing half the numbers and hearing half the crowd?

At the World Economic Forum in 2015, women constituted just 17 per cent of participants. The number of women speakers...

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What the World's Political Dynasties Can Tell Us About Justin Trudeau

(31) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 12:05 PM

In the past weeks, several commentators have mentioned the American political dynasties of Bush and Clinton in the same breath as the Indian political dynasty of Nehru-Gandhi. But not all political dynasties are created equal.

One key difference lies in the calibre of their descendants.

Although George W. Bush is...

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Cultural Centers Could Bring India's Soft Power to the World Stage

(6) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 12:53 PM

As India enters its 70th year of independence and its status on the world stage grows, its position within Asia becomes more critical. It's high time India consciously, calculatingly and coordinately uses its ample soft power to its advantage. One way is to open a global chain of "Gandhi Centers."

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In India, We Are the Oppressors and the Oppressed

(5) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 5:52 PM

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, professor of comparative literature, asked a famous question thirty years ago, "Can the Subaltern Speak?" From the perspective of colonialism, I think he recently did.

At the Oxford Union (a famous and long-standing debating society) in the British city of Oxford, several intelligentsia from the...

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Women Aren't Aliens -- Stop Saying We Are 'Mysterious'

(2) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 5:24 PM

Two men who are celebrated as some of the smartest people in the world have made two very telling statements.

Tim Hunt, Nobel prize-winning biochemist said, "Let me tell you about my trouble with girls. Three things happen when they are in the lab. You fall in love...

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Modi's Potential for Good Outweighs the Bad

(6) Comments | Posted April 19, 2015 | 11:25 AM

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Canada this week and stirred emotions at both ends of the spectrum. While most of the Indian diaspora as well as some Canadian politicians were very excited about his visit, there were others who were outraged and saw it as an opportunity to express...

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Resolving Plantar Fasciitis Is the Start to a Pain-Free Journey

(4) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 5:47 PM

Lao Tzu, an ancient Chinese Taoist philosopher, said, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." It's a wonderful piece of wisdom, but what if you can't take that first single step? Brian and Kamali Abelson's latest book Resolving Plantar Fasciitis helps you do just...

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If We Call it "Occupied Kashmir," Why Not Call it "Occupied Hong Kong"?

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 5:19 PM

In their TV news reporting, BBC World often says "Indian-occupied Kashmir." And yet, the term "Chinese-occupied Hong Kong" is never heard. Why?

"Occupied Kashmir" (photo courtesy Amitabh Bose)

For those living in India who have always thought of Kashmir as part...

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Why American Universities Are So Alluring To Asian Students

(2) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 5:12 PM

Our family loves the popular movie Finding Nemo. But while others appreciate its vivid animation and clever script, we feel the story is really about us. Marlin the father fish is very much my husband: organized, wary, and protective. Dory, the mother substitute, is me: accepting of everyone, well-meaning, and...

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Why Widows Are Not a Priority in the Indian Elections

(2) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 9:08 AM

The world's biggest election happening over one month in India has caught up all the people of the country -- except for one group. As usual, widows have been excluded.

The UN's Women 2000 report claims that India has the largest number of widows in the world. The Indian census...

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The Spring Of Our Discontent

(2) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 5:39 PM


The epic task is well underway. The first week it happened in Kerala, Haryana, and some of Assam. The second week it happened in Karnataka and parts of Bihar, Kashmir, and Maharashtra. Last week it was the turn of Tamil Nadu and parts...

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