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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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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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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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