Daughters-In-Law Should Be Treated As Family, Not Maid, Supreme Court Rules

“Did your mother not teach you culinary courtesies?”“Why haven’t you called your father yet?”“When am I getting my super-utility vehicle?”“Your monthly cramps give me a headache.”“This time, a son.”“This time, a bigger television set.”“This time add more sugar to my tea.”“A little less sugar.”“Even your rotis are like you,...

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State and religion

The Gods, The State And Maneka Gandhi

Historically, the State has always kept its distance from Religion. Accepting the importance of organised religion in an individual’s life, the value of the belief and respecting the faith a citizen has are some of the reason for this demarcation. Avoiding the chaos of clashing with religious rules and...

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Berlin To Israel: Walls Of Persecution

Some years ago, in a class in the University of Delhi, a philosophical question was put forward by a professor – “In the 50,000 odd years the human species has been on planet earth, what is the difference between the earliest human and you?” Many answered in terms of...

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Oh Spit! Here, There And Everywhere

How do we define freedom? The power to act, speak or think as one wants. It has long been established, since 1947, that our country India, is a free country. However, have we found freedom in loving whoever we want? Have we got freedom to pursue our choice of...

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Is The Art Of Theatre On Decline? 

Theatre is a collaborative form of fine art that uses live performers, essentially actors, to present the experience of a real or imagined event before a live audience, in a specific place, often comprising of a stage. The performers communicate the experience to the audience by the combination of...

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Ripping It Open: The Denim Dilemma In India

Before writing on something that is evidently contemptible and voiced alike by many, I came across a list of incidents that were distressingly similar to one another. These stories were finely patched together by shame that were forced into their foundations, because as a society, we love toying with...

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Why Virgin Shaming Should Stop In India

We are in the middle of a cultural transition, which is always welcome as long as it is progressive. While the majority of India still proscribes sex, the sentient and diligent lot is talking about it. They are breaking their delusional bubbles and becoming more acceptant of it. Which...

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Jat Protests: The Blame After The Storm

Following violent protest in Jat dominated districts in North India between 18th – 23th February, the Haryana government appointed Prakash Singh, a retired IPS officer to head a commission to probe the sequence of events which led to the wide spread violence, damage to public property and even loss...

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How Much Is Too Much?

If a sexual act between two or more persons is not based on consensus, it is called rape. The concept of rape is not vague, grotesque or contorted; it is sharp, stark and clear. Rape is a condemnable and criminal act that is subjected to judicial trials and punishments.

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How Effective Will The Landmark Decision Be?

The Delhi government, on Friday (April 15), rolled out its decision to ban chewable tobacco products in the national capital for one year. According to news reports, the government’s Department of Food Safety issued a notification to ban the sale, purchase and storage of all forms of chewable tobacco,...

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Dear Actors, Let’s Start Ageing!

Shah Rukh Khan is a delight to watch. He is gorgeous, ridiculously intelligent and an absolute charmer. And I am going to write the most clichéd-but-honest thing here: I grew up watching his films. In my foundational years, the Baadshah of Bollywood defined romance for me. My friends and...

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