By Ananya Shree
This topic dates back to the 1960’s American Civil Rights movement, and now once again comes under the spotlight during the “All Lives Matter” movement. The term “reverse racism” itself explains it as a phenomenon where the dynamic of racism/discrimination turns upside down, or flips.
It occurs when the oppressor feels as though they have become the oppressed, and the socio-economically oppressed appear as their “oppressors”.
But how does this phenomenon usually operate? Is there enough evidence to suggest its existence, or it is just some random term flying all over the internet? We need to look…
By Akanksha Kumari
According to a popular belief, by shifting to cities people can escape casteism. Dr B.R. Ambedkar also urged Dalits to embrace cities in order to liberate themselves from caste oppression in rural areas. But merely shifting to cities doesn’t solve the problem, because caste identities are still rooted in our everyday practices. Further in this article we will observe how casteism operates in urban spaces.
Caste-based residential segregation can be observed in cities, especially in metropolitan ones. The 2011 Census from various big cities points out that Dalits are disproportionately slum dwellers. According to the Census, 12.6%…
By Shambhavi Singh (Department of History)
Period, period, oh God this period!
Sometimes it sucks and sometimes it becomes weird,
When you find the stain on your white salwar suit,
That becomes the reason to cancel all your shoots.
Office, job and the workplace become a reason of wry!
Mood swings, anger and all my cries,
Don’t get a channel to come out.
I want to stop all my work and shout,
Because yes, the pain kills me.
Mentally, physically and in every other way,
My body gets exploited and so it wants to say,
Oh yes I want leave, at least…
By Yameena Z.
In June 2019 trade unions, civil society and opposition parties questioned the government about the possible privatisation of railways, following which, the Union Minister for Railways, Piyush Goyal, ascertained that there were no plans of railway privatisation. One year later, as the world battled a pandemic, the government announced that it was accepting proposals from private companies to run 151 trains over 109 routes for a period of 35 years.
This phenomenon was not restricted to railways; bills and policies pertaining to privatisation of education, dilution of labour laws, restrictions on union activities, removal of safety nets…
By Sejal Pandey
We tend to spend a lot of time on social media.
Instagram and Twitter are very popular among youth. Analysts say that social media has a huge role to play in the increasing violence and hatred in the world. However, we tend to ignore them in the name of freedom of speech, which ultimately leads to the suppression of minorities, lynching, and ethnic cleansing.
Social media, on one hand, has made a huge platform for influencers to make money, and social and political activists to integrate people to promote democracy. …
By Nureen I. Shah
In today’s digital age, the media is widely considered as the 4th pillar of democracy. From the Gutenberg Printing Press to news alerts on our smart phones, the media’s journey from a source of amusement for the informed elite to an irreplaceable global phenomenon deserves not just one, but hundreds (if not thousands) of articles like this one, to describe in some detail. However, the focus of this article, as reflected in the title above, is narrowed down to the story of contemporary media in India. …
By Lakshmi Padmakumar
I grew up celebrating Onam every year. The legend behind the annual celebration I heard growing up was about the heroic king Maveli. Maveli was an asura king who ruled Kerala. During his period of reign subjects were treated equally and justice prevailed.
Devas couldn’t stand the legendary Maveli, and in their jealousy they went and asked Vishnu (the preserver and protector god of the universe) for help. Vishnu took his fifth incarnation and came down to earth as Vamana, a Brahmin dwarf. He asked Maveli for three feet of land. Maveli, being a generous king, agreed…
By Ishika Roy
If you’re on stan twitter (Stan Twitter, according to Wikipedia, is a community of Twitter users that post opinions related to music, celebrities, TV shows, movies and social media), chances are that you’ve already come across the phrase “cancel culture” on your timeline.
According to dictionary.com, it refers to the popular practice of withdrawing support for public figures and corporations after they’ve done or said something considered objectionable or offensive. It is mostly a social media phenomenon, the Generation Z way of publicly bullying individuals and companies so as to get an apology or reform out of…
By Harsha Srivastava
It has been a pretty long time since India has had its (ongoing) tryst with COVID-19, popularly known as the novel Coronavirus. The virus-turned-pandemic not only forced people inside their homes, but also changed their lifestyle and the work culture at various levels, bringing in #TheNewNormal.
The present pandemic detestably affected economies all over the world, disconcerting political structures and governments. While some countries faced a recession in their economic growth, encountered serious health security issues, almost all came across challenges to their education system.
The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified the importance of technology in our lives…
By Anushka Poonia
“It’s not the clothes, makeup, colour or figure that makes you beautiful. It’s YOU that makes you beautiful.”
The beauty standards that we see today are very different from those of earlier times. The differences can be categorised as both good as well as bad. But this good and bad also depends on how we think.
Historically, beauty had always appreciated being curvy and considered it as ideal. For many centuries, being thin meant you were poor, for example, in museums we have seen figures with different postures relating it to certain things like poverty. The beauty…