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Pahlaj Nihalani: Holier Than Thou?

Pahlaj Nihalani, Chief of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), has been the talk of the town ever since he decided on cutting short a kissing scene in the recently released James Bond movie –Spectre. He was strongly condemned on both social and traditional media. Owing to the...

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Have The Canons Deafened Our Hearts?

In conversation with Dhruv Sachdeva… The Viewspaper got talking to Dhruv Sachdeva, founder of ‘Humour Me’, a premium content generator in the Branded Entertainment space. Dhruv has been on quite a journey, he started his acting career with the role of ‘Scar’ in the musical ‘Circle of Life’- adaptation...

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#BeefBan: Holy Cow, Unholy Politics!

That cow slaughter is reason enough for man slaughter is not only appalling but also grossly archaic and ridiculous. The indoctrination and growing intolerance of the people is nothing but a manifestation of carefully crafted hate politics by the so-called religious leaders to fulfill their personal and political agendas.

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Breast Cancer: Against All Odds

1 out of 30 women in urban India is likely to develop breast cancer. Shocking isn’t it? We do not realize how bad it can be unless we lose someone we know to this horrible disease. Breast cancer is now the most common cancer in most cities in India,...

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Virtual Romance: Of Love, Likes and Swipes

Swipe right if ‘yes’, swipe left if ‘no’. Apparently that’s how easy it is to find the love of your life these days. Matches aren’t made in heaven anymore, they’re made in binary codes. Your heart doesn’t need to find love , GPS will do it for you....

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Single Parents: Dads Who Do It All!

A father is one who helps raise a child, not only make one. Similarly, a mother’s job does not end at giving birth, for parenthood requires love, not just DNA. Parenting is a lifetime job. It does not come with a retirement or expiration date. Bringing a child into...

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Sword Mightier Than the Pen? Or Not.

What do Ashok Vajpayee, Nayantara Sahgal, Sarah Joseph, Uday Prakash and Rahman Abbas have in common? They are all literary heavyweights and recipients of the prestigious Sahitya Akademi award. They have also been hailed as the torchbearers of India’s literary renaissance. However, there is one more thing in...

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Error 404: Equality Not Found!      

It seems like Uttar Pradesh is fast becoming controversy’s favorite child. Just days after the lynching of an elderly Muslim man, over rumors of cow slaughter, this time the folks of UP are back in the news for stripping and dragging two lower caste women for reasons unknown...

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Lynching & Religion: The Irony!

The mindless people, who were involved in the lynching in Dadri in western Uttar Pradesh of a person on the mere basis of a rumour, would argue that they did it “for their religion”. In recent times, anybody doing something “for their religion” is almost impossible to stop or...

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Boy v/s Girl: The Social Construction of Gender

Gender has various socio-cultural influences. Gender is not innate or determined by our genes. Instead gender is something that is constructed and reconstructed time and again due to human interaction and social life. Our chromosomes determine our sex. XX is female and XY is male. However, gender and sex...

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#RaGaPhirBhaga: Think Rahul, Think!

Every politician needs time to contemplate, rethink, analyze and plan- be it his/her strategies, plans or at times even ideology. But, Congress’ heir-apparent has been doing this for far too long now and more often than not. Agreed that his party is going through its worst phase and is...

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Why Lyricism Isn’t Dead In Hindi Music

To be an enthusiast or even have a healthy interest in lyricists like Gulzar, Javed Akhtar and Piyush Misra is like entering a metaphysical world packed with metaphors that are unparalleled. Sampooran Singh Kalra also known as Gulzar has a knack of painting detailed and dramatic pictures with his...

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Modi’s Digital India: What Is It All About?

Digital isn’t the word you’d often associate or put alongside India. We’re more familiar with using words like “traditional India”, “cultural India”, or “ancient India”, etc. India had its first brush with “information technology” and “digital” in the 80s under Rajiv Gandhi’s leadership and then in the early 90s....

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When Social Media Goes Outside The Usual Gender Spectrum

According to an entry on the official Pinterest blog, “Pinterest is all about helping people discover and save creative ideas. And everyone—lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, ally, straight—is included in that mission … So if descriptors like “male” or “female” don’t quite work for you, you now have an...

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36-24-36: Debunking The Social Construct Of Beauty

Recently, there have been a number of celebrities including Megan Trainor and Jennifer Lawrence supporting the cause of body positivity. But it is often seen that in the attempt to acknowledge the fact that you can be beautiful while being overweight, people tend to shame those who are rather...

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Reservations: To Be Or Not To Be?

The debate on reservations in India is never ending. The latest chapter is the riots that have been triggered in Ahmedabad with the Patel community demanding an OBC status. Several killed, hundreds injured. This again brings into question the necessity and relevance of reservations.

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College Degrees: Reasonably Overrated?

According to the Wall Street journal- “India Graduates Millions, But Too Few Are Fit to Hire”. Our education system may be a very controversial and expansive topic, however as of now, a debate on the legitimacy of college degrees has been arising. What are college degrees anyway? They are...

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Jasleen Kaur Case: To Arrest Or Not To Arrest?

For the past one week, news and social media both have been swamped with the recent case of ‘eve-teasing’. The case went viral when the girl, Jasleen Kaur posted a picture of Sarvjeet Singh on Facebook along with his bike number accusing him of making obscene remarks and vulgar...

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Condoms: For Men And Women Alike

This is the 21st century. We are all aware and active. Culturally, socially, politically and most importantly, sexually. Sex has been a taboo, it might still be, but youngsters today do not hesitate in talking about sex, nor do they hesitate in indulging in sexual activities. Sex is good,...

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Bloggers In Bangladesh: The New Infidels

Blogging is the most recent way which writers, desperate to get their work and thoughts out, have used. Whether it is writing flowery creative pieces, ‘how-to’ tutorials or opinionated posts, bloggers post anything to everything. However, this year in Bangladesh, blogging has taken a rather bloody turn.

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Just Another Day: India’s 69th Independence Day

As I has just turned the Cambridge dictionary to learn the inherent meaning of “independence”, one thing caught my attention- the dictionary says, apart from the political aspect of independence i.e. a country being free from the governance of another country, the word has another aspect that is predominantly...

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7 Reasons Why Indian Education Deserves An F-

Many a time we come across suicides of students who couldn’t cope with the overburdening academic syllabus and the societal, family and school pressure of getting good marks. Why does it take the life of a poor student for people to realise that their coercion wasn't humanly tolerable and...

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An Open Letter To The Modern Indian Feminist

You are ever ready to promote the feminist agenda. Whether the issue is equal wages, over-sexualizing women in media or the oppressive gender roles that have been assigned to you. We can see you at the rallies and hear your opinion at every dinner table conversation when the topic...

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Steal, Borrow, Buy: Babies Up For Grabs

In today’s time of two-minutes Maggi jiffy, everyone needs everything: quick and instant.And that also includes, sadly, the process of child deliverance. Women who couldn't conceive before can now became mothers overnight after a brief stay in hospital. Childless couples returned home with their 'natural children' meeting their...

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Is Meninism Just Feminism Gone Wrong?

Lying in bed, one day a thought struck me- Why not ‘Meninism’? Curious, I decided to turn to google. Of the hundred-thousand results I got, a twitter page caught my attention. Called ‘ManForMeninism’- a parody of feminism, this page deliberated misconceptions people seem to have about feminists. With a...

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All You Must Know About Friendship Day

The transformation from paper-written pen friends to online-social network chats is not hundred-years-old. But one thing never changed- youngster’s beeline for gift-shops to buy choicest soft-toys, greetings cards and wrist bands. A materialistic display of abstract love – friendship. And this is possible because of Friendship Day!

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ISIS Continues To Vanquish, Through Social Media

The American Media Institute recently received an ISIS recruitment document outlining their future plans. Amongst other plans that were revealed, the document stated that ISIS has been planning an attack on India in the hopes of starting an Armageddon like war and confrontation with the United States that would...

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Living In The City: Life In A Single Yellow Metro

A metro station is like an obstinately static badass spider queen that refuses to leave her lair. She magically weaves around webs of tunnels, million miles longer than one can imagine. Notwithstanding the human difficulties, she is swayed here, there, everywhere, and it’s your damned duty to find the...

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Friendzone- Does It Really Exist?

Friendzone: Yeah, that’s the area most of us simply walk into. No, it isn’t a city, state or a country; it isn’t a café, pub or a restaurant either. It’s just an invisible space in our minds- yours and mine. Needed or not needed? Well, certainly NOT needed.

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