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The Art of Living vs National Green Tribunal

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the Bangalore-based spiritual guru has recently been chided by the National Green Tribunal, the country’s highest environment body with powers equivalent to that of the Supreme Court. The Art of Living founder criticised a recent report on the Yamuna riverbed by a committee of the NGT, alleging bias. The report slams The Art of Living World Culture Festival held last March on the banks of the Yamuna for damaging the riverbank and has also quantified the damage. A team of environment experts has testified to the…

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Begum Jaan has been banned in Pakistan Politics Society 

The Issue with State Narratives – Why was Begum Jaan banned in Pakistan?

Vidya Balan starrer, the remake of National Award winning director Srijit Mukherjee’s Bengali film Rajkahini (2015), has been banned in Pakistan. Yes, you heard that right, Begum Jaan has been banned in Pakistan. Although there was a hush-hush about whether finally the Government of our neighbouring country has given the film a green signal or not, it was declared by Mahesh Bhatt, the producer, a few days after the decision was taken. In an interview with Mid-day, the filmmaker said, “I was told by my distributor that Pakistan, as a policy,…

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Featured Open Forum Politics Society 

Donald Trump, Brexit, and our Judgements as a society

November the 8th. I finished writing on the mentioned date which might be a little sad since it’s about the very U.S. Presidential elections that take place today, riddled with controversy, hate, and above all, divisiveness.There’s been endless debates, at this point not even surprisingly not about the candidate’s policies or plans for the Head of State but about their moral character that is supposed to be the yardstick for their worthiness. Nonetheless, the results of this election is not what this is about. The world is shouting at you…

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Raped Featured Society 

When I was told : Not even good enough to be raped

There was something seriously wrong with the way I was brought up or maybe I miss out on certain points made by the norms around me. Maybe because I am a bit dim-witted or maybe I am oblivious to my “culture” which upholds patriarchy in the name of religion, misogyny in the name of art, and body-shaming in the name of humour. And for some, I believe that directly makes me a person who lacks morals, and is a slut? The memory of Rupa Ganguly slut-shaming female students from Jadavpur…

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Culture Featured 

Strolling through the memory lane : Breaking Bad

“The DEA took all your money, your lab. You got nothing. Square one. But you know the business and I know the chemistry. I’m thinking… maybe you and I could partner up.” It was at this moment when the first episode of Breaking Bad went from “Wow, that’s interesting” to a literal “OMG” moment. And really, that’s what the show really is, it’s not something that goes from good to better, it’s a show that goes from excellent to extraordinary. Not that it’s wrong not to start strong, other shows…

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Culture Featured 

Theatre in the city : A History of Butchers

Mad About Drama, a national performing arts company, staged their debut production of A History of Butchers on the 29th of July, followed by another show on the 5th of August. Here is the review of the play from one of the members of the audience.   Play: A History of Butchers by Mad About Drama, Kolkata. A couple of hours, well spent. I am a bit of an addict when it comes to theatre. Good, bad, indifferent, famous, unheard-of, big productions, medium or small, I tend to end up trying…

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