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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

Children of conflict: What drives the stone pelters in Kashmir

The advantage with children is that they can be moulded in any way as the family or society would like them to be. This can be both a virtue and a curse. The latter, when the family and state together fail the child and that is the first foundation of a failed society, and ultimately, the nation. Kashmir has witnessed militancy since 1948 in one form or another. What used to be the odd stone [...]

India Ranked 97th of 118 in Global Hunger Index

We, as a nation, have got so used to patting ourselves on the back for every parameter of human development that we have actually started believing that we are the next big story of the world. That is, until someone from the outside holds a mirror to us, as has been done by the 2016 Global Hunger Index (GHI) Report, recently released by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), an international organization that has been [...]

Bollywood Opinion on Pakistani Actors Ban

Recently, the Indian Motion Pictures’ Association (IMPA) has, in light of the Uri Attacks, opted to ban Pakistani technicians and artists from working in the country. This has invariably generated a debate regarding the veracity of targeting performers in the wake of a terror attack. A number of Bollywood celebrities such as Karan Johar, Mahesh Bhatt, and Salman Khan have stated that politics and art should be allowed to remain separate, whereas the likes of [...]

Whatsapp Declares Jayalalithaa Dead

The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Jayalalithaa was taken ill with fever and dehydration on the 22nd of September, 2016.  The 68-year-old AIADMK leader was admitted to the Apollo Hospitals in Chennai. Amid secrecy, speculation and mounting rumours, a statement was at last issued by the office of the acting Governor of Tamil Nadu, Ch. Vidyasagar Rao, saying that the Governor had been briefed by the chairman of the hospital on the treatment being given [...]