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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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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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How Twitter Reacted to the MOAB strike on ISIS in Afghanistan

On Thursday evening at 7 p.m. local time, the US deployed the largest ‘non-nuclear’ bomb in its inventory on an ISIS target in a remote part of Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. The MOAB strike on ISIS in Afghanistan was the first ever use of such a weapon in warfare. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed on Thursday that the US had dropped the GBU-43/B Massive Ordinance Air Blast Bomb, aka the “Mother of All Bombs” or “MOAB,” over the Achin district of Afghanistan. According to Spicer, the weapon was…

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The Most Persecuted Community – #HangAyazNizami

Ayaz Nizami’s website, for the Atheist and Agnostic Alliance Pakistan, is now defunct. In Twitter, however, a hashtag is much in vogue – #HangAyazNizami. Some want him hanged, others cite these expounders as proof of the backward nation the mysterious Nizami hails from, and their inherently barbaric religion. There never was any person called Ayaz Nizami – it was an alias adopted to critique religion and preach rationality on online forums. The initiators ended up arrested for blasphemy. A crackdown on blasphemy is not novel in Pakistan. As the state takes on…

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Que Syria Syria : An International Failure and an Impending Tragedy

The world watched in horror as the body of a drowned, 3 year old Alan Kurdi was washed ashore the Mediterranean Sea beach on 2nd September 2016.   At 5 years old, Omran Daqneesh was as old as the conflict in his country, when the images of him sitting dazed and confused in an ambulance after being pulled from a heap of rubble after an airstrike had decimated his neighbourhood, went viral on the internet.   On May 25 2011, Hamza Ali Al-Khateeb’s corpse was delivered to his parents with…

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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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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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Most unforgivable decisions made at the Academy Awards

The 89th Academy Awards have come and conquered, of course with a stellar line of mistakes and mishaps thrown in for good measure. With the huge brouhaha over Moonlight and La La Land and the announcement that went wrong, terribly wrong, Academy Awards lived up to its full potential of providing us with dollops of entertainment and yes, needless to say, the disappointments. However, one might say that the entire case is subjective in content as people differ and so do their choices in films. Hence, this comes straight from…

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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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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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