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Flavours of Ramadan Culture Featured Society Travel & Food 

Flavours of Ramadan – Around the world

Flavours of Ramadan: Since the holiest month of Islam is in harness, we thought of taking you through the culinary delicacies of Ramadan. A typical day for the one who keeps a roza starts with a meal followed by a strict fast until sundown when after the evening prayer, the fast is broken with a communal gathering to enjoy the Iftar feast. It is believed that Prophet Mohammad broke his fast by eating 3 dates. But fortunately, you don’t have to curb your appetite, because here is a list of…

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Apurva Asrani, Homosexuality and the Film Industry

Apurva Asrani, in this short interview, speaks of Aligarh, homosexuality in the film industry and how Bollywood is gradually maturing over the years and helping common people to come out of the closet:   In a country which forbids homosexuality by law, what made you write a screenplay like that of Aligarh? It is an outdated law passed by Henry VIII in 1553 but done away by them in their own country. Besides, the law is unconstitutional. It is in direct conflict with one’s fundamental right to privacy and dignity….

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The Art of Living Culture Society 

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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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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Gorillaz' Humanz Culture Featured Society 

Gorillaz’ Humanz Is the Mature Racial Commentary We Need

7 years post 2010’s album Plastic Beach, (6 if you count the follow-up “The Fall”), Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett have taken their time with their collaborative musical project Gorillaz. Both had their own things, Damon even releasing a new album and composing for an opera, while Hewlett got married and opened an art exhibition for himself. Work on Gorillaz’ Humanz, due on 28th April (it is 22nd at the time of writing), only began in 2014, but that’s that. The new album is all that you would expect, and…

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Things that should be banned in India following all religious sentiments

The 42nd Amendment to the Constitution of India enacted in 1976 amended the Preamble to assert that India was a secular nation. This meant that the State would not mingle with religious sentiments regarding its affairs, and all religious communities would be subjected to equal rights and laws. Yet the reality remains starkly different. In India, there is no universally applicable code of law; the concept of Personal Laws for Islamic communities prevails giving rise to many social problems like child marriage, polygamy and unequal inheritance laws. On the other…

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Why is Incest a global taboo Culture Featured Society 

Why is Incest a Global Taboo?

A few years ago I came across a piece of news which disclosed the unconventional relationship between a Zimbabwean widow and her son. Apparently, after her husband’s death, the lady had been pregnant with her son’s child and the couple was planning to get married in the due course of time. Furthermore, what also did not escape my notice is the indignation on social media about the entire saga.  Social taboos have always made me question its validity. Incest happens to be one of the society’s most sacred and close-guarded…

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Globalisation and Indian Music Culture Society 

Globalisation and Indian Music

It was not necessary for the river to flow “Surely to the Sea”, but still it did. It certainly did after Presley’s heartful expression to mean that “Some things are meant to be”. Let’s keep aside the critical point of view regarding how globalisation and Indian music are not independent, and that the latter has been deeply affected by the former. Because it is easier to explain music when you are more of a listener and less of a critic. Since India happens to be one of the most diversified…

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first queer pride walk of lucknow Culture Society 

A step towards independence: First Queer pride walk of Lucknow

Eighteen years ago, breaking all social norms and barriers, the city of Calcutta hosted the first queer pride walk in India. To think it was almost two decades ago feels a coon’s age has passed by, but a lot has changed over these eighteen years. The society has undergone a metamorphosis of pandemic and societal characters. But now truly the libertarians of this great nation can rejoice, as the First Queer pride walk of Lucknow was taken out on Sunday. The Awadh pride parade is the first of its kind in…

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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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