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Why The Vyapam Scam Is Such A Big Deal

This is a real-life fantasy murder thriller playing out in front of us and there still hasn’t been a probe into what caused all these mysterious deaths. There’s just this loose coverage of the Vyapam scam "taking another life" while people focus on Wimbledon and "Digital India", and other...

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Yes, I Am On My Period And I Am Not Down!

I sit here, working on my laptop, typing this article, knowing that in a few weeks (potentially) I could be sat somewhere stewing in my own blood and uterine lining. Yes indeed, I am talking about my period. The chums. The Auntie Flo, the Red Sea, the arrival of...

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An Open Letter To All Fathers

Did you focus so much in giving her all the comforts in the world that you forgot to make her independent? For example, sending your car whenever she was outdoors, instead of letting her use public transportation. Do you think instead of standing up for her and defending her...

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The Saga of Scams And Fake Offers in E-retail

From dispatching marble stones in place of an iPhone to Vim bar in place of mobiles to posting fraudulent discounts to gain traffic on site, they have done it all. Yesterday, a screenshot went viral online, in which Flipkart had intentionally inflated the price of a product only to...

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The Saga Of The Social Media Bigots

My journey as a new media writer has been fairly short. It has, nevertheless, been one that has sufficiently burst my bubble of living in a rational society. The kind of flak my views get me is appalling, to say the very least. On a number of occasions, I have...

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How Capitalism Teaches Women To Hate Themselves

From their very birth, women are fed with the notion that they aren’t good enough through seemingly innocuous messages. These messages come from the family, a sexist education system, religion as well as the larger political discourse. What acts as a woman’s first folly or limitation, is her womanhood...

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Why Beauty Pageants Are Not Beautiful

Innate beauty is not about rehearsed steps and high heels; it is not planned or premeditated. It is about the spirit of being a woman. The messiness, the scars and wrinkles that reveal the woman has lived a powerful story are sought to be veiled and never celebrated....

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What Do You Know About Bhagat Singh?

“What do you know about Bhagat Singh?” Throw this question at the youth today and this is what they have to say- “He was a freedom fighter and a revolutionary. He was hanged for bombing the Assembly where a British police officer also died. They show it in the...

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Why Chetan Bhagat Is Not A Writer But A Brand

Bogus rants of love, carnal descriptions, heartbreak and a wee bit of college life, and what you have is a Chetan Bhagat bestseller. If anybody can exploit stereotypes in the name of literature, it is Chetan Bhagat. The introduction to his most recent novel, Half Girlfriend, speaks volumes about...

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India: A Land of Megalomaniacs?

The question really is, at a time when young India is desperately trying to do away with the antediluvian VIP culture of the country, can we really allow this hero-worship and megalomania among politicians to continue unabated?

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AIB Controversy More Comic Than The Roast

The show would not have been so successful had not it been banned. Like, really. I would have gone on with my daily chores without batting an eyelid or sparing a thought at who-called-whom-what in a show, had such enormous back lashing not been taking place.

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‘Sangh Parivaar Hoshiyar, Tere Saamne Karenge Pyar’: Couples Urge Hindu Mahasabha to Fulfill Promise of Valentine’s Day Weddings

The idea of getting married isn’t repulsive but having one’s freedom snatched for loving another is somewhat fascist. The sarcasm of the students wasn’t amiss because they spread a message so important to the structure of a democratic nation; this message being that no man in any position can...

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AIB Roast V/S the Fringe Groups

In India, the rightist groups believe in righteous acts, they simply fail to embrace changes and claim to uphold the “‘Indian Culture”, and mindlessly reject anything they see as being a result of the “western influence”.  The FIR lodged against AIB for their ambitious roast questions the inability of...

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Why Politics And Anna Don’t Go Together

Four years and one general election from Anna Hazare's 2011 agitation against corruption, and a functioning Lokpal is still a distant dream. Out of the then-staunchly apolitical India Against Corruption movement, two of its former leaders are set to spar against each other in the upcoming Delhi elections. One...

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What Makes Humour Humorous?

Given the tumultuous times we currently find ourselves in, the time is opportune to ask what humour really is and what makes a humour really humorous? It is perhaps easier to begin by asking ourselves- “When does a joke fail?” The most obvious answer would perhaps be that when...

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“We Are All Muhammad”

But, as vociferous defendants of this freedom, we often find ourselves caught in a quandary of sorts: Should freedom of expression be absolute or should it have some limits? In these increasingly troubled times, should we become cautious before we exercise this freedom, or is it time to vehemently...

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Need To Purge Our Bookstores

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is held every year on January 9 to mark the contribution of overseas Indian community in the development of India. It is a part of a three-day PBD Convention– the flagship event of Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Government of India, held from January 7...

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The Real And The Dark In Manto

Even before the mid-night clock had struck on August 15, 1947, declaring the independence of a country that will earn a reputation of its own for its advocacy of peace in the international freedom, a lot of bloodshed had already soiled the history that gave birth to the twin...

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A Mouse In The Minority Maze

But I do realise that I am indeed tagged as the better lot and it is true too; for I have never faced the marginalisation of being a dalit; or belonging to a tribal community; or being born in a geographically removed region like the Lakshadweep. I have been...

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2014: A Sad  Year For Journalists

Out of the number issued by the CPJ report, 44 percent of the reporters were targeted and murdered and the rest were killed during combats in various conflict regions. The report states that although the number of lives lost by international journalists was “unusually high”, an overwhelming number of...

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Do You Know Aitzaz Hasan?

It was just this year, in January indeed, when a suicide bomber was spotted by Aitzaz outside his school in Ibrahimzai. This little boy of 15 had the incredulous ability to gauge the situation and blocked the bomber’s entry into the school premises by throwing stones at him. When...

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Drugs: A Global Menace

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the same problem in the third session of Mann Ki Baat, a radio program to address the nation. In an emotional appeal to the youth of the country, Modi asserted that drug consumption is neither cool nor a style statement.

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Ebola Epidemic: No Empathy For Africa

The Ebola outbreak has been termed the deadliest yet with it having majorly affected the people of western Africa. The World Health Organisation (WHO) in an official statement released on Thursday said that the epidemic has taken a total of 5,689 lives so far since its outbreak in December...

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No Time For Gym?

One of the simplest ways to begin getting fitter is running; it is typically possible regardless of where you live. All you’ll have to do is to invest in a good pair of running shoes so that you can avoid injuring your joints, but besides that you won’t need...

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India And The Many Forms Of Radicalisation

The interview with our current Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh, seems to focus only on the probable increase in the activities of the Islamic State and Al Qaeda. While these remain issues of grave concern, there are other equally damaging forces that pose the same threat as any radical organisation...

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The Real World Hunger Games

Apparently our policy makers are happy comparing the condition of Pakistan and Bangladesh with that of India. It is the same mentality majority of Indians have during cricket matches. Nobody bothers if India loses the series, if they beat Pakistan. Such mentality is to be done away with. India...

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How Fair is Fairness?

When the Fair and Lovely cream was introduced in the Indian market, there were considerable uproar and debate about the message it was sending to the millions of young girls – that a lighter skin tone is always preferred and that a darker person has a disadvantage in any...

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The Bucket List

Sometimes you might come across situations where you might be working really hard to push yourself ahead, but for some reason you seem to be stuck in just one place without seeing any hint of growth. This is when you need a break and maybe just sit back and...

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Letters From An Average Kashmiri

It all started when my father was a freshly recruited jawan (soldier) in the Indian Army. It was 1980 and my father was posted in Kargil under the 1862 Independent Light Battery (artillery). Mahnga Khan was part of the 5/5 GR (FF) Gurkha Regiment, Frontier Force. Mahnga Khan was...

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This Gandhi Jayanti Become A Little More Wiser

Being an outsider who had studied Law in London and practiced in South Africa for 20 long years, Mahatma Gandhi reached India in 1914 to completely understand the political movement of his home country that was struggling for freedom. Through Gandhi’s endeavour, India under his leadership gained independence in...

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God May Be Alive, Religion Needs To Die

Those following Marxist-Leninist ideology call religion the “opium of the masses” meaning to say that like the effect opium has on a person, religion gets people to passively accept suffering with the hope of finding infinite salvation, or what most call “enlightenment”. According to Karl Marx, the founder of...

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The Help: Walls Have Ears

Well, I have noticed this many a times, how people converse freely and without any hesitation about things which well, should not be talked about in such a public setting. I was once in a metro, and I heard this woman talk to an apparent stranger. She was...

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Unconventional Career Options

There is no dearth of opportunities in unconventional fields. Radio channels are always in need of good Radio jockeys who can raise the popularity of their channels. Models are always in need of good Fashion photographers who can boost their portfolio with some amazing pictures. If you have an...

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The Dark Face Of Culture: Caste Discrimination

In a disheartening revelation that came through the Human Rights Watch’s report titled “Cleaning Human Waste: ‘Manual Scavenging,’ Caste, and Discrimination in India, India has been unable to let go of the horrific caste system even in this age of modernisation and globalisation.

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US Drops Bomb To Avert Genocide

Subsequently the US military dropped bombs onto a truck that was towing artillery that belonged to the Islamic militants. The decision to bomb followed after the ISIL had driven out a pre-Muslim minority group, Yazidis from their homes. The main reason behind it, according to President Obama was to...

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Solitude: The Gift Of Human Soul

In this age, where we digitally interact with everyone in a matter of seconds, we are made to believe that any company is better than our own company. We are not taught to love our own company, or for that matter, even ourselves. Instead, we are taught to appreciate...

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Chetan Bhagat’s Complaint To The West

The fiction or even non-fiction of the aforementioned writers that have managed to get themselves featured in the literary cannon of English Indian literature, has been noticed as well as appreciated by the West. Their writings do not necessarily include a portrayal of an underprivileged India in order to...

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Hindu State: Undermining Secular India

The speculation that there would be minority marginalization in India began with the Bharatiya Janata Party’s electoral victory; and now it seems to be acquiring a tangible base. According to a report by the NDTV, a Goa Minister has said that if Narendra Modi is given support, he will...

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Selfie: An Obsession?

Lately I have been wondering what is it that keeps people glued to social media. The reason could either be to stay connected with friends and family or to get rid of boredom. For some, social media also serves the purpose of gaining virtual attention. As I scroll down...

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