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Two-Wrongs-Do-not-Make-a-Right

Indian people have always been politically aware and active, and have never shied away from collectively responding to events, issues or personalities. However, there is an increasing trend of activism and attitude that should be a matter of concern to civil society. A review of public response to situations, events and actions in the near past, shows that a large section of people seem to have misplaced priorities. We pride ourselves on our rich cultural [...]

India--No-Country-For-Single-Women

As India accelerates into the 21st century trying to play catch up with developed nations, legacy and emerging social issues are holding back the nation from realising its full potential. One of the biggest social challenges in India today relates to general perception towards women, especially single women. The constitution states all men and women are equal by right, but in practice they are not and have never been equal. Our society evolved with the [...]

fight-for-tripal-talaq

Asaduddin Owaisi, the head of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) has asked his fellow Muslims in India to stand together and support the age-old practice of triple talaq among Muslims. He has stated that members of the religious community need to draw strength from the manner in which people in Tamil Nadu recently fought in order to get the ban on Jallikattu lifted. Incidentally, the ban had been placed on this popular sport that involves [...]

Theme-for-68th-Republic-Day

The 68th Republic Day Parade in New Delhi will feature 23 Tableaux, of which 17 will be presented by various states and Union Territories and 6 will be put up by central government ministries and enterprises. This year, the Central Government’s important mission of ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ will get a major boost as it was chosen to be one of the important themes in India’s 68th Republic Day parade, with a tableau dedicated to [...]

Jallikattu Bull Sport in Tamil Nadu

Supreme Court may have banned Jallikattu, a sport that involves taming of bulls but that has not stopped people from protesting across Tamil Nadu, the state where this “sport” has been played with gusto for centuries. Recently, in clear defiance of the apex court’s orders, people at Palmedu, Madurai have let loose bulls. There has been plenty of frenzied excitement all around as well, even as people have taken to the streets to protest a [...]

online moral policing

Social media is a great medium to connect and inform, and can be a tremendous asset if it works positively for you. But when it doesn’t, the negative fallout can be quite a handful from most, as Mohammed Shami learnt the hard way on the 26th of this month. Shami, who hails from the quiet town of Amroha in U.P., happens to be one of India’s leading fast bowlers, with a large fan following in [...]

Latest-Khap-Directives-Sign-of-Changing-Times-1

For the uninitiated, Khap Panchayats in India refer to the assembly of khap elders belonging to one or more clans who govern a group of villages and spell directives for their inhabitants from time to time. They are of course ‘quasi judicial’ in nature but complied with in all seriousness by those living in the villages. Khap panchayat directives have been in the news from time to time for all the wrong reasons due to [...]

mahavir-singh-phogat

Anyone who closely follows Hindi films and Bollywood news will tell you this – Aamir Khan, at least in his modern avatar, is quite a perfectionist. He believes in making films which are quite out of the ordinary. One of the most important criteria for Aamir to pick a movie seems to be the social message involved in the story. Taare Zameen Par, 3 Idiots, and PK are proof enough that Aamir Khan believes in [...]

outrage-smartphone

Smartphone penetration has been rising rapidly in India and so has usage of social media such as Facebook and Twitter along with message platforms like WhatsApp. But beyond just connecting India they have now emerged as major platforms for expression of public outrage and opinion. And, this in turn is driving other mediums like print and television, which pick up the public mood and then further the cause on their platforms. The resulting impact is [...]

double standard for nri daughters

When a young man went overseas to study or to work, he carried with him the hopes and aspirations of not just his family but the entire community. This was especially true during the ’60s, ’70s and even in the ’80s, when the exposure to western lifestyle and standard was something one read about or vaguely heard from third parties. The people who migrated during that time and in subsequent years have been facing a [...]