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Racism in football Culture Society Sports 

Racism in Football : No dark brains in the game?

It is no secret that racism has been an abhorrent part of football for ages. Though a number of measures have been taken to ameliorate the situation over the past three decades, there still exists a key indicator which corroborates the fact that racism in football is still omnipresent. The football model followed in the United Kingdom certainly testifies to this – There are barely any dark-skinned coaches or managers employed at the highest levels of football. The Premier League doesn’t have any dark-skinned individual in the managerial role and…

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sexual savagery involving the youth Culture Society 


In less than a year, I have read about a plethora of incidents on social media, narrating stories of abuse, exploitation, molestation and even rape. I am sure I’ve read more but for some overt reason, there are two incidents that haven’t escaped my mind. Both incidents revolved around sexual savagery involving the youth from the ages 18 to 24. All involved students were part of some of the most prestigious institutions of the city. Although I do not know most of these people personally, but courtesy to the social…

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Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota Culture Society 

Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota

Growing up as a socially inept kid, I’ve always taken my behavioural cues from the people around me when I don’t know how to respond. Most times, it works out for the best. I went to watch ‘ Badrinath ki Dulhania ’ at Cinepolis and this practice failed me for the first time. There is a scene in the movie when the male protagonist Badri is molested in an alley by a group of masked men. The encounter ends with his clothes ending up torn. When his friends arrive at…

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Attack on Srijato Culture Politics Society 

Attack on Srijato : Another episode of the rising intolerance

As the world celebrated International Poetry Day, another poet’s freedom of expression was put under question here in Bengal, the land which has always been known for its progressive ideas in art and literature. The attack on Srijato Bandopadhyay came from Hindu fanatics, due to his poem ‘Abhishaap’(curse) which he published two days back on Facebook as a protest against Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s comment where he asked Hindus to rape dead Muslim women. An FIR was launched against him at the Siliguri cyber crime station for ‘spreading…

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Culture Featured Society 

Outrage against an insensitive meme on the Nirbhaya Rape Case

Yesterday, a rather insensitive meme on the Nirbhaya Rape case was widely circulated and criticised for its content on social media. A dank meme page on Facebook, Designated Shitting Memes 6.0, published a meme which made fun of the victim of the 2012 gang rape case in Delhi, which shook the nation.     On the 12th of December, 2012, a medical college student was gang raped and physically tortured in the capital by four men. The incident sparked a major unrest in the country and abroad, where citizens came…

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Viola Davis, an inspiration Culture Movies Society 

Viola Davis, An Inspiration

What makes a real life fighter? Here is the stunning journey of Viola Davis: “I Have Stolen, Jumped in Garbage Bins With Maggots For Food” Dedicated to the beautiful and ever charming Viola Davis, an inspiration for millions – A night which ended with a caricature of the greatest order, the 89th annual Academy Awards certainly had its moments of blushes and plaudits. While the mainstream media turned its focus on the winners and the glam and thrill of the night, I would like to take couple of moments away…

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Rain in the City of Joy Culture 

Rain in The City of Joy

Unlike other cities, the City of Joy doesn’t come to a standstill when there is a torrential downpour. Instead, the joy is doubled, because nothing beats the gastronomic delight of “gorom gorom khichudi and begun bhaja”. The rains can bring out the footballer in anyone, and wet and muddy football matches suddenly become the order of the day as the sun loses its unequal battle with the clouds. Children set their paper boats a-sail on the waterlogged alleys and engage in euphoric splashes at each other from the puddles on…

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racism Culture Featured Society 

Racism against African students in the city

Indian society is rid with myriad social evils, and racial discrimination figures significantly in them. With growing communalism and intolerance, with hate crimes based on gender and religion and caste on a rise, it is hardly surprising that the African diaspora in the country would face rampant racial abuse and discrimination. The germ of mindless discrimination pervades all layers of society. Recent incidents around the country have shown that universities – traditionally considered a safe haven of learning and debate and free thinking – have now become a hotbed for…

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Culture Featured Politics Society 

Central? Censor Board of Film Certification

“Lady-oriented” is a term that had the capacity to be India’s “nasty woman”. As a queer feminist, I delighted in the various implications the phrase has to offer, and it is a phrase with the catchy appeal that legendary taglines are made of. The irony, however, is that it was a term used to suppress, not endorse something – being one of the many objections the Central…err, rather the ” Censor Board of Film Certification ” had to lay on Prakash Jha’s “Lipstick Under My Burkha.” Other objections include “contanious…

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well behaved woman Culture Society 

The Well Behaved Woman

Are you a well behaved woman? Or let’s just frame it this way, do you qualify as a “well behaved woman”? The way you walk, the way you talk, the way you dress, the way you sit, or perhaps just the way you stand, do they confirm to the stereotypical standards laid down by our society? Are we going to do enough justice to the phrase ” well behaved ” by attaching it to your social image? But women should conform to the societal norms. Isn’t it? Is it not…

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