Where did the love go?

DISCLAIMER : The views given below are solely of the author and are not an endorsement or criticism of any political/social/religious group. The opinions are purely social commentary, protected under Article 19(1)(a) Freedom of Speech and Expression guaranteed by the Indian Constitution and are in no way intended to attract Section 499, Defamation, of the Indian…

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A feminist’s letter to Harlequin

Dear Mills and Boon I read your first book when I was 14. I think it’s safe to say that it was far more educative than fooling around with my boyfriend in the school parking lot. For years, nay, decades, Harlequin has continued providing us young, nubile, guileless women with fictitious happy endings which, the…

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Do we need ears to care, or just a heart?

  Did you happen to catch the opening to her speech? Did you realize what she just did there? In the space of a heartbeat, social activist Ruma Roka managed to intrigue you, puzzle you and frustrate you by simply pantomiming and not uttering a single word. Did you wonder what she was doing at…

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Nirbhaya : The fearless victim of gang-rape

  On the 16th of December 2012, the entire country was struck dumb, when the unconscious and brutally assaulted bodies of a 23 year old physiotherapy intern and her male friend were found by a lonely road in New Delhi. As the story unfolded, the entire nation it seemed, howled in unison. Nirbhaya, (fearless, as…

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The Protection of Child’s rights : On School Grounds

  The National Commission for the Protection of Child’s Rights (India) has recently released guidelines for the abolition of verbal humiliation and physical intimidation in classrooms, which in itself is a case of ‘too little too late’ because I’ve already passed out of school. The number of cases of violence in both private and central…

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