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Organ Donation in India

One of the most poignant news reports of this year came in September 2017 from Krishnagiri, a small town in northern Tamil Nadu. Aravind Kumar K, a 23 year old soldier serving with the Indian Army in Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir), came home on leave to visit his parents who are farmers. Aravind was riding his bike and met with an accident that left him with a severe head injury. Despite the best of efforts [...]

Third-Phase-of-Odd-Even-in-Delhi

The national capital chokes again. A dark, heavy blanket of smog descends over Delhi and neighbouring regions and despite the ban on the sale of crackers this Diwali, residents of NCR are forced to breathe toxic fumes that will inevitably reduce their lifespans. Through this week pictures and news reports of thick smog, low visibility, and crippled life in the national capital kept surfacing. The AAP-led state administration seemed keen to blame non-cooperation of the [...]

Speeches of Mahatma Gandhi

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi – the greatest of leaders, champion of truth and non-violence, father of the nation – has been an inspiration for free men all over the world.  As we approach yet another Gandhi Jayanti (2 October) let us take a look at some of the Mahatma’s most memorable speeches -   Benaras Hindu University Speech (4 February, 1916) – “If we are to receive self-government, we shall have to take it… freedom loving as [...]

Rohingya Crisis

Who Are The Rohingya Refugees? The Rohingya community is a Sunni Islamic (Bengali-speaking) community from the state of Rakhine in Myanmar (previously Burma). Myanmar, however, refuses to acknowledge members of the community as citizens and claims that the Rohingya are Bangladeshis who (illegally) entered the country during the British colonial era. For over six decades, however, the Rohingya have lived in Myanmar despite having (allegedly) faced much discrimination, ostracism, and violence. Not only are the [...]

Child-Mortality

Recent news reports of infant deaths in various cities of India have left the country in a state of absolute shock. The deplorable state of child health and mortality in the country has caused much worry among the people. While globally, most countries are registering significant improvements in infant and child mortality rates, India seems to have taken a turn for the worse. In 2016, over  9,00,000 children under the age of 5 lost their [...]

Children Safety in Schools

The brutal murder of seven year old Pradyumn in the bathroom of a reputable school, Ryan International School, in Gurugram, last week has left parents from the National Capital Region (NCR) and in fact from all over India in a deep state of shock. The police have arrested the school’s bus conductor who is believed to have slit the child’s throat after having tried to molest him. The gory details of the assault and the [...]

mobile and students

“With great power comes great responsibility” This is a line from a popular film but is quite apt when it comes to learning and technology in the present day scenario. The mobile and handheld device revolution and the spread of the Internet has indeed brought along unprecedented teaching and learning opportunities for the students and young adults of the country. When we take a look at the grave pitfalls and shortcomings that such technology brings [...]

Selfie Mania Imapact

Selfie is the latest fad among people, especially the younger generation. Whether you are at the railway station, restaurant, in the park or any other scenic or not so scenic place, you would come across youngsters clicking pictures of themselves, which are more commonly known as selfies. Though these selfies are good for a person’s Facebook post, but there have been several instances where selfie-obsessed youngsters have severely injured themselves or even met their death [...]

blue whale challenge

  The death of 14-year-old Manpreet Singh was deemed a suicide. The investigative report and media reports that followed have had parents across the country worried about the safety of their children. The young boy is believed to have been addicted to the Blue Whale game – an online game that offers its users a series of challenges culminating in their death. Young children who are lured to taking up the dares offered by the [...]

Happy Friendship Day-2017

It has been truly said that “Friends are siblings that God never gave us”. They are family that we can pick and choose ourselves. The theme of friendship has also been a favourite topic in mainstream cinema where protagonists depict the different shades of a friendly relation with flair. While there are innumerable such movies, there are a few which have struck the emotional chord of the viewer. Dil Chahta Hai (2001) Friends may be [...]