Ethical Journalism: What’s That?

A suspicious car driven all by itself without a driver & the news channels trying their best to uncover the mystery, a 6-year-old boy Prince is rescued from a 55-feet pit & the news channels rejoice as if India has won the world cup, explicit pictures of Mika &...

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Celebrations Unlimited: The Hindustani way of Life

Happy B’day Butter thief! B’day?… nah Janmashtami; butterthief? Nah…makhan chor! The WCP (western culture phobic) can take a chill pill; even the west has no ‘cure’ for our festivals. Remember the Ganesh Chaturthi festival that became a focal point for the masses during the Indian struggle for independence? Maybe...

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Homosexuality: An Uncomfortable Truth

Homosexuality: what does one understand by this term? Homo=same, so that makes it same sexuality. It probably does not sound that embarrassing on paper, but utter this word in front of some people & be sure of getting a nasty smirk or possibly a weird glance or...

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Forgetting ourselves in Violence

‘Anger is temporary insanity’, is an age-old English saying. If anger, as a reaction to circumstances in our lives can lead to a momentary spurt of madness, then it is nothing but dreadful to imagine where violence, an action, at its hilt can take us… In the aftermath of...

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DUSU Polls: The butt of all jokes

The Delhi University Students Elections has seen, what one can say, a remarkably ridiculous year 2007, sending it in disarrays and revealing the stark truth behind the validity of its candidates contesting elections. This was triggered by the Delhi High Court’s decision to vacate the stay on Clause...

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Is Objectivity a Myth?

The source selection and identification, coverage of minorities, privacy, and conflict of interest are some of the issues of ethical practice in Journalism. Objectivity is another one of these issues, which is a significant principle of journalistic professionalism. Basically, it is the efforts to avoid actual or perceived...

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I-D-ENTITY

”Who are you?” Was the question, with a very simple answer. But as I proceeded to answer the question I was amazed at the rapidity of my answer, and the answer itself… a name, an age, educational qualification and some very monotonous details. As I sat answering the...

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Are you losing the bond???

Raksha Bandhan – which means bond of protection in Hindi - is a festival celebrating the family, especially the bond between brother and sister. The tradition is ancient, mentioned in legends and reflected in history. The single most important way of celebrating Raksha Bandhan is by tying the rakhi....

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And the hunt goes on…

Today the country is overflowing with young talent not only in the big cities but even small towns and villages. Rich or poor, literate or illiterate, handsome or ugly…..they have it all…after all The Almighty does not discriminate between his children on these parameters while adding a pinch...

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WHY ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME?

It’s the same story everyday. I dread the journey from my house to the local bus stop, out of fear of the hooligans who stare, whistle or at times, break into group songs when my schoolmates and I (all girls) pass by. (What pleasure these perverts derive by...

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Why Boarding School ?

Remember that old cliché in movies where the step-mother deviously plans to send off the children to a boarding school after she is happily married to their rich father? This stereotypical portrayal of a boarding school as an evil unhappy place where children are sent off by seemingly malicious...

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Beauty – The Beast

Society has always suffered from beauty. Consider the ancient practices of foot binding in China or the stacked brass coils used to distend the necks of Karen women. No, this is not the next episode of “Ripley’s Believe It or Not”, but the reality of today’s obsession with perfection. We...

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Save Our Daughters

  Bringing up a daughter is like watering a neighbor’s plant” is the cruelest thing I’ve ever heard in my life ever since I was born, I strongly feel that women remain unwanted and continue to be hated and undervalued in this country. So even if some parts of India...

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Rich Cities, Poor Cities

“We pulled up, forty minutes later, outside the slum in Cuffe Parade, beside the World Trade center. The contrast between the adjacent and roughly equal plots of land was stark. To the right, looking from the road, the World Trade Center was a huge, modern, air-conditioned building. It was...

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Abortion: rights and privacy

The abortion debate deals with the rights and wrongs of deliberately ending a pregnancy before normal childbirth, killing the fetus in the process. Abortion is a very painful topic for women and men who find themselves facing the moral dilemma of whether or not to terminate a pregnancy. It’s...

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An eye-opening visit to a Village

I visited the Kanhai village for two continuous days. The village is near the Sushant Lok township in Gurgaon. The village has a population of about 500 people. Most of the residents are employed as wage laborers in several companies around the city. Some of them work as gardeners,...

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Dilli door nest

Bureaucratic ploys of Indian and Pakistani diplomats might consecrate each country resulting into biasness and hallucination amongst their masses to consider the “other” country lacking diversity? But music plays pivotal role in the precedence for lessening the geo-political dithering all around. Pakistani ghazal singer Gulshan Ara Syed is an...

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Playing rugby on the fast lane?

My dad tells me of his days when his dad gave him Rs. 5 for catching public transport to his college and to return back. He told me he never spent the money on the conveyance and went walking. Part of the reason would have been that he would...

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The Jama Masjid Experience

Dialogue with the ImamAt the onset I must admit that I had to muster a lot of courage for assignment as I zeroed on to interview the shahi Imam of Jama masjid of chandini chowk, a meeting arranged by the grand daughter of Imam and a close friend. A...

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SEXUAL VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN

Sexual violence against children is the inducement or coercion of children to engage in any sexual activity. This violence can take both physical and mental form. It includes both sexual abuse and sexual exploitation.In a survey conducted thirty two out of forty two people questioned confessed to have experienced...

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THE THIRD SEX

SEX: M/F/OTHERYou are unlikely to have ever come across an option set such as this; it is even more unlikely that you would have never come across persons belonging to this ‘other’ section of society. So a logical conclusion could be that there exists a section in society whose...

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Mumbai Floods

Mumbai, India’s financial capital, the home of the entertainment industry, the fashion capital, and in all the city of dreams. This was a mere introduction to the city where people learn how to survive all the adversities. Adversities of the sun, sand, and the rains.Rains play a spoilsport year...

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HOMOSEXUALITY-AN EPIDEMIC ?

Fighting for a cause“We’re standing here in Philadelphia, the, uh, city of brotherly love, the birthplace of freedom, where the, uh, founding fathers authored the Declaration of Independence, and I don’t recall that glorious document saying anything about all straight men are created equal. I believe it says all...

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Are you hiding your problems?

Stigma associated with counselling THE monotonous routine of job along with your own personal problems can get in the way of your happiness and well being. At times, the pressure can be so crushing that you cannot handle it any longer on your own. In...

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