Locked Down Before the Pandemic: Kashmir Vs. The World

Let’s accept it, the year 2020 didn’t start off well. Seeing our world, “a global interconnected village” fall to a complete lockdown was something no country, international committee or organization could have predicted. Globally, continents, countries and cities are increasingly sealing their borders as a reactive yet precautionary way to deal with the outbreak of COVID-19. The only known cure for this pandemic is to practice “Social Distancing” – a recently coined and trending term which has forced our global economy to come to a complete standstill.

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Padmaavat: Dividing India the Karni Sena Way!

Growing up in India, as a typical Bollywood lover, I ask Hindu religious groups – Why did you do that?

The story begins with an announcement by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, an eminent Indian movie maker, who has been touching our hearts since forever. The announcement of his next big project – Padmaavati, oops! Padmaavat, with his favorite duo Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone. As soon as the shooting for the movie began in Rajasthan, members of the Rajput Karni Sena have been making it a difficult task to produce something so enigmatic, that they eventually were supposed to love!
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Aadhaar Number: Is India’s Biometrics ID System Safe?

Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani brought the idea of a twelve-digit unique identity biometric number, the Aadhaar number, into existence in India, with the idea of making a difference in the lives of about 119,22,59,062 people. The idea was to make sure these people were delivered with the benefits and subsidies provided by the Government of India directly, without any mediators cashing in on them.
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Prince Manvendra Singh: The Face of LGBTQ+ Activism in India

In order to inspire change, conventions have to be broken. Hurdles have to be consistently overcome to truly change our lives. LGBTQ+ activism is at the heart of breaking these conventions, first and foremost in countries where LGBTQ+ is not nearly as commonly accepted. India is one of these countries where the LGBTQ+ community struggles to gain a footing. It’s here where it’s especially important to break conventions, in this case by the only openly gay prince in the nation, Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, which plans to rebuild his pink palace into a center for LGTBQ+ people in need of support.
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Rape Culture in India: Is Society To Blame?

Recently, news surfaced that broke the hearts of the world. An 8-month old baby girl in New Delhi, India, was brutally raped. She was left alone at home with her 28-year old cousin while her parents were at work, who proceeded to rape her. She is currently on life support and is struggling to live as her organs are failing due the suffered trauma. The man responsible has been arrested but has yet to be charged with a crime.
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The Taj Mahal Dispute: A Great Wonder of Ignorance?

Out of the seven breathtaking wonders of the world, one of the biggest and most magnificent is the Taj Mahal. Situated in India it is responsible for generating over six million tourism visits every year. Regardless of the fact that, in all of India, the Taj Mahal is the heart of tourism, it is not viewed under the best light by the government of Uttar Pradesh, which is where the famous monument is situated.
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Women in India: Rape, Sexual Harassment and Molestation

Women in India: Rape, Sexual Harassment and Molestation

In the land of Kamasutra, the land of approximately 1.324 billion lives, ironically, “sex” is a taboo. Women in India have it worse. Rape, Sexual Harassment, and Molestation are a part of everyday life. Let me take you to the real India, where we are not going to look through rose-tinted glasses to show how developed our country is, or how brilliant our minds are.
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India in a Trance: The Gritty Reality of Drugs

A typical day in my life; I was busy on my phone, scrolling through Instagram and Facebook. That’s when I came across new memes about a child addicted to some “solution”. I passively ignored it, thinking it was just another meme. Little did I know the reality behind it. Spoiler: it’s related to drugs.
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Partition of India and Pakistan

Uprooted: The Partition of India and Pakistan

Two nations standing on the ruins of a humongous blended family — India and Pakistan. The partition of these two nations was the biggest ever recorded in the World History. Millions forced to leave not just their homes and their valuables, but their identities. Identities that make us who we are! It was not their homes they were leaving behind, but their roots.
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