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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 [...]

Queer Activism & Indian Politics

  With the Supreme Court putting its verdict on Section 377 on ‘Reserve’, the battle is still perhaps only half-won. As the central government, or at least, the Prime Minister continues to stay quiet on the issue, an introspection is in order. India’s political climate spells “misty and foggy” when it comes to LGBTQ+ rights. The parties stride cautiously, not wanting to lose the conservative vote bank, but shouldn’t there be more to politics than [...]

India sixth largest economy in the world

Indian economy has become a global role model for several developing countries. India has the largest population in the world and seventh largest country in terms of area, thus, it makes India’s economic growth story a remarkable journey. Indian economy was reeling under the ruins of economic distress, that encapsulated the country for 200 years of colonial rule. Indian economy recently became the sixth largest economy in the world in terms of gross domestic product [...]

Sanitary napkins - A GST journey

While menstruation remains more or less a social stigma to talk about, one thing has managed to break the silence a little. Goods & Services Tax (GST) gained a lot of attention, for a lot of reasons, one of them being the tax rates on sanitary napkins. When it was first announced, the 12% GST on pads raised concerns from social activists who saw it as an attack on menstrual hygiene. With the government slashing [...]

Mobocracy and Lynching

On a fine day in July, 32-year-old Mohammed Azam Ahmed, was traveling to Handikera village in Karnataka to attend a social gathering. Mohammed Azam, was an engineer at Google working on the company’s project in Hyderabad. He was along with his friends Mohammed Salman, Noor Mohammed, and Qatari national Salham Eidal Kubaisi. The group of friends stopped over for a cup of tea and some evening snacks. Things took a nasty turn for them, when [...]

Fake News Indian

India and the world is grappling with the problem of fake news, that has not only destabilised the basic foundations of the society but also created a sense of fear among the public. In the last few years, social media has become the forest while fake news is the wildfire that spreads across the forest and causes irreversible damage. Almost every other day, there is a news that due to a viral Facebook post or [...]

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