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World Water Day-2017

“The quality of mercy is not strained; It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven” – Portia, The Merchant of Venice The Shakespearean heroine may not have been speaking of the quality of mercy alone. The reference may also have been to the purity and scarcity of fresh water – the elixir of life. The importance of water is apparent to all of mankind. We derive our very sustenance from the availability of fresh water [...]

International-Women's-Day-2017

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year to recognise the stellar role a woman plays, even challenging the males, in her own right as a professional, an entrepreneur, a politician or whatever else she might want to be. International Women’s Day 2016 pledged for parity for women by challenging conscious and unconscious bias, committing towards helping women and girls to achieve their ambitions, and giving equal value to both men and [...]

DU Unrest

The recent violence at Delhi University’s Ramjas College over a controversial leftist activist’s visit to the college, has led to accusations being made rampantly by all interested parties, individuals and student bodies. Both ABVP (Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad) and the liberal, left-wing students’ group have their own side of the story, with controversial remarks by a martyr’s daughter as well as some celebrities. We bring to you the gist of what has been happening without [...]

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 [...]

Asaduddin Owaisi Asks Muslims to 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 [...]

Beti Bachao, Beti Padao-Theme for 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 [...]