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confessions of a bisexual Featured Society 

Confessions of a Bisexual Woman

I am tired of being told my struggle doesn’t count, or that in fact it isn’t a struggle at all. I am tired of being told that I may be different, but not nearly different enough for it to mean anything. I hate being rejected from one community of people for not being as far separated from the other, to belong with them. I am a 19-year-old cis gender girl (or at least that’s the amount of self exploration I have achieved thus far) and these are the confessions of…

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WHO'S Let's Talk Featured Society 

World Health Organisation’s ‘ Let’s Talk ‘ Campaign

April 7th is the World Health Day, as decreed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) , a specialised agency of the United Nations. This year on this day, it launched its anti-depression campaign ‘ Let’s Talk ’. This is a worldwide campaign intended to raise awareness about depression and enable countries to cultivate better facilities to deal with this illness. In India depression carries a social stigma and isn’t viewed as just another bodily illness, but as an unacceptable condition that needs to be brushed under the rug. In a…

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Campus Politics in Kolkata JU Culture Featured Politics Society 

Campus Politics in Kolkata- Rebellion or idealisation?

Campus politics in Kolkata is often viewed in a negative light by parents in the households of the state. It is seen as a wasteful use of time that might be ‘better spent’ on academics. Yet year after year, seniors come in with anecdotes of how they too were forewarned, and ignoring this warning was the best decision they ever made, recruiting freshers into the same narrative. Politics is not a dirty word. We have grown up, seeing the government and their representatives as a conglomeration of the power wielding…

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bhim army Featured Politics Society 

Is the Bhim army wrongly categorised, like the 1857 ‘peasant revolt’?

The Bhim army is a radical Dalit protest group mobilised in western Uttar Pradesh. It’s likely that you’ve heard of them, always in the context of the word radical. Radicalism inherently has a negative connotation associated with it, to the extent that radical nationalists in the Indian freedom struggle were renamed assertive nationalists in school history textbooks. However, while the retrospective debate on the effectiveness of ahimsa versus the use of violence in the freedom struggle remains an inconclusive one, the contemporary debate among ‘intellectuals’ on the bhim army is…

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Culture Featured Politics Society 

Them and Us – The Hatred of the Other – And the City of Joy

Idols are constantly being built in this city where tradition and culture are dearly held. Pandals always emerging on roads that you didn’t think had any extra room, and people are always in preparation for a festival; for a day of Bhagwan (God). “What were you doing at MG road?”, asks my friend when he hears that I bought fruits from there at 9 p.m. My uncle advises me to take the train home as opposed to the metro, to avoid the musholmaan (Muslim) area. I, on the other hand,…

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