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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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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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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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MOAB strike on ISIS in Afghanistan Featured Politics Society 

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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Against Destitution and Stereotypes – Female Reporters of Nojorey Khobor

On 26th of March, the interactive session, held at the American Center, a synthesis of the U.S Consulate General and Kolkata based NGO, Jabala Action Research Organisation, created a very persuasive afternoon for me. It was no ordinary session, but a session on community reporting and community journalism and the most intriguing part of the whole was getting acquainted with adolescent reporters who were as young as us, or even younger! The session was titled as “Amplifying girls: adolescent girls write media reports on their communities”  represented by seven young girls…

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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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International Failure in Syria Featured Politics Society 

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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