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Car ban in Delhi

The year is 2018; almost 2019. And, our lungs are desperately seeking fresh air to breathe in. If you are living in Delhi like I am, chances are, your lungs will only be met with disappointment. The city’s Air Quality Index (AQI) was oscillating between “very poor” and “severe” even five days post-Diwali. Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA), a body appointed by the Supreme Court, plans to impose a ban on all private [...]

The election ‘season’ has arrived, and with it, chances of a cloudy sky for the political parties standing in the battleground. The assembly elections will be a sneak peek into the people’s mood before the grand 2019 showdown. In Rajasthan, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje is hoping to win a second term for herself and Bharatiya Janata Party. But, the question is will queen Raje manage to ensure the continuity of her dynasty? Vasundhara Raje in [...]

  There is no, and cannot be, any situation in which we don’t respect the law and the judiciary. It is unacceptable to attack the courts; criticism is allowed, but attacks are not. It shakes the basis of our democracy. -Reuven Rivlin Rivlin might have had Israel in his mind as he uttered those words, but they fit just as aptly in the Indian scenario. Established on 28th January 1950 (as the Supreme Court of [...]

Right Journalism, Responsible Journalism

“And I believe that good journalism, good television, can make our world a better place.” -Christiane Amanpour True. In the words of our apex court, “Dissent is the safety valve of our democracy”. And, who holds more power than our journalists to speak the unpleasant truth, never faltering? Indeed, good journalism makes the world a better, more fair world. However, as much as it is necessary to cultivate good journalism, it is also equally essential [...]

November 7, 2018
Bribes as gifts

Ours has always been a country of festivities – one event barely goes by, and another comes rolling in. “Celebration”, in an aesthetic sense, is almost second-nature to us Indians. It is in these celebrations, that we usually exchange gifts, presents. No wonder then, that a festival as big as Diwali is donned with several gifts. However, not all of the gifts are as ‘harmless’ as they seem. It is no hidden secret that in [...]

'Man-eater' tigress killed

On November 2, after a hunt-down of over two months, tigress Avni was killed in the forests of Maharashtra, India. The 6-year old tigress, officially known as T-1 has left behind two 10-month old cubs. Ever since the hunt began, several people from across the world had stood up to protest against it. While she escaped the Forest Department’s forces, some hope prevailed in the hearts of the activists. Now, with her death, people mourn [...]

Statue of Unity

The tallest statue in the world. Double the height of the Statue of Liberty. Can withstand earthquakes, strong winds, quivers etc. There are many more feathers that can be added to the cap when it comes to the Statue of Unity- scheduled to be inaugurated on 31st of October. Standing at a mouth-gaping height of 182 meters, this statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is a good 54 meters taller than the Spring Temple Buddha (China). [...]

Moral policing

Wikipedia defines Moral Police as “a blanket term used to describe vigilante groups which act to enforce a code of morality in India”. The fact that this term has been coined in, and for, our country, should be enough for us to hang our heads in shame. Unfortunately though, it is the ugly truth we proudly carry over our sanskari shoulders every day. The images of couples being beaten up, or shamed in parks, “obscene” [...]

Dussehra train tragedy in Amritsar

Dussehra this year seemed to arrive in India as misery masked with festivities. On the evening of 19th October 2018, Joda Phatak in Amrtisar stood witness to a tragedy, that will take days and days to overcome and mourn. More than 500 people were gathered in a ground near the tracks, to watch the Ravana dahan. It was amidst these festivities, that some of the revelers moved towards the tracks to get a better view [...]

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose/ By any other name would smell as sweet.” -William Shakespeare Rest assured, he did not have India in mind while writing this. We all know, names do matter in our country, often to the point where people become determined enough to dig up centuries old past to justify themselves. And, what do we name or rename in India, or Bharat, or Hindustan – whichever name [...]

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