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Kashmir separatism Featured Politics Society 

Kashmir – Through Three Different Voices

Kashmir: The Land Stuck in Stubborn War   “I write to you for I must Not as a tragic hero or scapegoat Or one tribal outcast as poets must But as one with the burden of truth Though in your possession are truths And versions of truth many That best serves the modern conveniences… Spend years a troublous life and you can’t flee You’ll get nothing. Proven. Dreaded dreams, tortured vision, torn and broken bodies And faces disfigured with immeasurable grief All but have left us withered, spinning Our fatal…

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WHO'S Let's Talk Featured Society 

World Health Organisation’s ‘ Let’s Talk ‘ Campaign

April 7th is the World Health Day, as decreed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) , a specialised agency of the United Nations. This year on this day, it launched its anti-depression campaign ‘ Let’s Talk ’. This is a worldwide campaign intended to raise awareness about depression and enable countries to cultivate better facilities to deal with this illness. In India depression carries a social stigma and isn’t viewed as just another bodily illness, but as an unacceptable condition that needs to be brushed under the rug. In a…

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Military History 1971 Society 

Entry of Military History Into Schools

In a move that could have far reaching consequences, the Welham Boys’ School in Dehradun has taken the initiative to introduce regular classes on India’s military history. The school, which is working with filmmaker/author Shiv Kunal Verma, held the first three sessions between 20 and 22 April. “We have to expand the horizons of our students… we cannot just be limited by what is there or not there in the curriculum. Unfortunately, our military history has been a subject that just hasn’t been given its due,’ says Gunmeet Bindra, 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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Culture Featured Politics Society 

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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Indus Water Treaty Politics 

Recent developments over the Indus Water Treaty – Impending Spat?

Indus Water Commissioners of India and Pakistan are set to hold a two-day dialogue in Amritsar on March 20 and 21 after a lull of two years on Indus Water Treaty. The treaty which was signed 57 years ago bounds India and Pakistan to hold a meeting every year. However, the authorities did not convene any in the past two years due to tensions among the two countries. The Indus Water Treaty is a water distribution agreement that was signed on September, 1960 in Karachi by the then Prime Minister…

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Featured Politics Society 

Demonetization or Demonisation? : The Other Side

The debate over the relative advantages and disadvantages of the demonetization of 500 and 1000 rupee notes by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been the talk of the nation ever since the policy was announced on the 8th of November. The measure, termed ‘draconian’ by most Opposition parties, was a bolt from the blue for the masses, and the shock effect has left the country reeling at its wake. The measure, ostensibly taken with the intention of clearing the country of black money, has been condemned by many as no…

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Sports 

New Zealand tour of India : Preview

The much awaited New Zealand tour of India, starts tomorrow. The Kiwis will be touring India for a 3 match test series followed by 5 One Day Internationals. This series marks the beginning of a long home season for the Indian team. There have been feisty encounters between the two teams, the last time India played New Zealand in a test was in February 2014 where Brendon McCullum scored a marathon 302 runs. Both sides ooze world-class talent in the likes of Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami, Trent Boult, and Kane…

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Culture Featured Open Forum Society 

Virginity: Taboo or Not?

In a world dominated by technology and capitalism, we all have gained access over areas which helped us renovate our thoughts and banish the conservative rules imposed by the society. We did remove all the tags of ancient rules, and learned to swim in the river of westernization. Hence, the scenario today is: “Be cool or you’re a fool.” Relationships are really not predictable. They can screw you or they can take you to a place we call “paradise.” The present generation believes in sex before marriage, there can be exceptions though….

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