Campaign Culture Depression 

Depression in College Boys | When the Dust Settles.

Recently, I have stopped enjoying my birthdays. The realization of getting older and being not even close to where I should be has taken all the excitement out of life. I should have completed college, have a job by now and should have been saving for marriage. Well, these things are enough to drive anyone in the whirlpool of thoughts of how they are slowly falling apart. Boys face these important questions all throughout their college life. There is a constant knocking on your mind, “Have you done this? What…

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Culture 

A Minority Report

Funny how I never noticed the majority-minority division while growing up and now it is just too hard to ignore sometimes. Is it because of my social circle and my view of the world were much smaller and restricted, or is it because it now has a hand behind almost every other conversation, I am not sure. With time and events, not only are these divisions getting more and more noticeable, but the people who keep dragging them into issues are getting bolder, as well. Recently, when a classmate, I…

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Adage II | Emotional Intelligence and Spirituality

Introduction | Prelude It’s difficult to describe emotions in words, isn’t? The first word that springs up in our head, is feelings after hearing the word – emotions. The simple reason being, emotions are intense feelings which are better felt than expressed, for which they are ineffable. Even a person who is tight-lipped will express a lot of emotions to the people across him, then a person who loves to prattle. Daniel Goleman in his book Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ states, “In a very real…

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Culture Technology 

Pornography: Narcotic? Detrimental? Normal?

After effects | Inversion It was July the 17th – a Tuesday when some of our friends including some doctoral researchers gathered around our EC canteen spot. We met there as a small gathering everyday at 1700 hrs to talk a while about the current status in the lives of each of us. There we would also talk about the current issue or the topic if it garnered some views or attraction of the people across the globe. I happened to take my phone out to get a glimpse of a…

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Culture 

Stop encouraging begging, inspire them to educate themselves.

Standing on railway stations, waiting for delayed trains can have its own perks. You can learn and reflect a lot just by observing your surroundings. I remember once such instance that has struck me through all these years. As we stood there waiting for our delayed train busy in our talks, we were approched by a small girl asking for money. Her innocence combined with my pity made me sympathize her situation. As she approched my sister, my hands were already in my pocket to take out some change. Waiting…

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Culture 

Call me “Human”

  A nationwide uproar was heard in March and April 2018 due to the supreme court order to dilute stringent provisions mandating immediate arrest under Scheduled Tribes/Scheduled Castes (ST/SC) atrocities act.   Although the law was established in 1989 in the wake of growing crime against the SC/ST communities, many emerging instances of its misuse have surfaced. The new order was passed with the objective to protect innocent civilians reported under false cases from facing legal actions and framing. The courts’ rule did not intend the dilution of the act…

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Illustration: Satwik Gade Culture 

India’s faith in godmen and why it’s wrong.

In the past two years, India has seen the conviction of two godmen charged with raping a minor, murder and inducing riots. Millions used to watch them on television and thousands gathered in their pandals. Their followers had such piety towards them, towards these men of flesh and bone. That it became so easy for these self-proclaimed godmen to manipulate and extort money and raise their empire of gold with a combined net worth which surpasses ten thousand crores. Looking at several other examples as such, religion has been turned…

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Culture 

Asifa, Rape of Innocence.

The country is burning with anger on the rape and murder of the 8-year-old, Asifa Bano. The incident which took place in January 2018 has recently got national attention, with tweets flowing from all over the country to punish the culprits and provide justice to the deceased. Politicians planning a vigil, youths coming out on the roads, activists going on hunger strike and what not. It’s time like this when a country comes together for a cause or a person that makes the system hear the cries of many minors,…

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Culture 

What is beautiful? Really?

Scrolling through my Instagram stories I stumbled upon this one story that got my attention. First, it got me confused, thinking how is this even possible. Trying to learn more about the image, I cross-checked every word of what I read. Though the meme was based on twisted facts, it lead me to know something really important about history and changed my perspective. Imagine a protagonist, a serene face, thick curly hair reaching her shoulders, black unibrow, and a subtle mustache is approached by thirteen young handsome boys to ask…

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Culture 

Its a girl!

What if someone told you, “You are going to have a baby girl!”  What would you do? Would you host a celebration, or would you be enraged so much so to nullify the existence of that child, killing it before it was born? Would this act be considered a murder? Well, that’s a whole other matter. In the eyes of the world, India stands as a diversified nation rich in color and culture, several people and communities proliferating throughout the land. Its music as if describing an ancient tale, its monuments as a…

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