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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” [...]

Stubble Burning

As the pollution levels in the national capital hit an alarming rate, the government and its cititzens are blaming the farmers of Punjab and Haryana for the situation. The burning of the paddy straw during the harvest season (October-November) enormously adds to air pollution levels in the capital. Stubble burning has now become a yearly phenomenon that turns most parts of north India into a gas chamber putting the health of the citizens at risk. [...]

Saubhagya scheme was launched by the Modi government in September last year with a motive to electrify both rural and urban Indian households deprived of electricity by December 2018. The scheme took off well with 93% of the Indian households having access to the power supply as on date. As the closure date of the Saubhagya scheme is approaching, the government has decided to speed up the electrification process in the remaining states of the [...]

  In September 2018, a 23-year-old man was murdered in broad daylight in front of his pregnant wife in Telangana. Among the seven people charged, are the wife’s father and uncle who were unhappy with the marriage. The “honour” killing triggered mass protests, but unfortunately, this wasn’t the first case to have come up. In all scarring likeliness, it will hardly be the last. As an Indian, we are taught to be proud of our [...]

Dark Side of Bollywood

They keep saying that there lies a dark, dingy side to the world of showbiz, and is something which can tremble even the best of us. Hidden grim realities to the colossal industries are natural and even staple, but the brand of them we get in the entertainment business is horrifying to a whole another degree. Apparently, one goes through a lot, and we mean a lot, in the super glossy world of entertainment. And if [...]

Section 377

“History owes the LGBT community an apology for their sufferings” -Justice Indu Malhotra The morning of 6th September 2018, has perhaps come as the brightest one in years for a large number of our countrymen. Ironically, the very same that was called a “minuscule minority” just a few years earlier. In a historic, and much-awaited judgment by the Supreme Court, Section 377 has been struck down, shortly before mid-day on the 6th. हिंदी में पढ़ने [...]

10 ways to get rid of anxiety

Anxiety? It is a term which people often use without a second thought, unaware of its impact over a person. But, those who suffer from it know how this simple feeling of nervousness, worry, fear and apprehension turns complex; how it robs the peace of your mind. Anxiety affects our behaviour and also our feelings. Mental trauma serves as a severe cause for escalating anxiety within an individual. Sometimes, physical symptoms are caused due to [...]

Emission Standards in India

Air quality has become a rising social concern worldwide in the backdrop of soaring air pollution from industries and vehicles. Due to acute problems of traffic jams from the increasing vehicles on the road, developing countries, like India, are facing severe environmental threats. India is on the brink of becoming a major manufacturer of passenger vehicles as its production increased from 3,707,348 units in 2016 to about 3,952,550 units in 2017. The country, despite being [...]

Rainwater Harvesting The future of water conservation

Water is the reason why life exists on planet Earth, without it life is unimaginable. However, freshwater sources are becoming scarce with the passage of time. Reports of several global agencies, including United Nations, indicate that if the current situtation of water does not change and preventive measures are not taken, then world will start to run out of fresh water by 2050. Rainwater harvesting is a sustainable process that helps in preserving rain water [...]

Marine Pollution

Marine pollution has been an ever-present problem since the advent of large-scale agricultural activity and industrialization. However, significant laws and regulations at an international level to tackle the problem came only in the mid-twentieth century. During United Nations Conventions on the Law of the Sea in the early 1950s, the various stakeholders come together to deliberate and formulate laws pertaining to marine pollution. Till mid-twentieth century the majority of the scientists maintained that oceans were [...]

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