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So its Batman v Superman? Or the audience vs the critics By: ysn You know, all critics agree on one thing, it’s that Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice is terrible. Review aggregate to websites like Rotten Tomatoes rates Zack Snyder’s Dark Knight meets Man of Steel film at 28%, just five points above the much-reviled Zoolander 2, and a mere 17 points above the disastrous Divergent: Allegiant (which sounds like a bargain jet-plane that’s gone missing.) Metacritic rates the film at a slightly higher aggregate critic score at 44%. Not quite as bad, but still decidedly in...
Thursday, 05 November 2015 12:08

How not to click a selfie

How not to click a selfie By: ysn Selfies have emerged as the universal language of expressing one's love, one's joy, one's success and celebrating the happy moments spent with friends or family. Today, selfies have come to dominate the social media scene so much, that people are always in the look out for opportunities to click a unique snap of oneself and rival one's friends in this business. People are everyday posting their selfies on the social networking sites and the desire to be noticed by one's peers has become rather apparent. But few would know that this...
Thursday, 05 November 2015 12:05

You are responsible for your own happiness

You are responsible for your own happiness By: kenneth For those who have thought deep into the question of being happy or a mere question, like, “Why am I depressed?” you would have realized that happiness involves taking personal responsibility. When you take personal responsibility, you do not blame anyone or anything for your unhappiness. It means finding ways in which you can experience happiness despite others' (negative) behaviour and unfavourable external circumstances. A person who has taken this significant responsibility frame understands and recognizes the...
Friday, 18 September 2015 12:03

Ashley Madison and Infidelity

Ashley Madison and Infidelity By: Anonymous It’s a known fact that a woman in her 20s - 30s has, at least, once been propositioned by a married man or a man of single status to a committed woman. Regardless of the man doing it because of plain boredom or pent-up sexual frustration, lust for woman in prospect or genuine attraction, the fact is they do. Since the news spread: hijacking of Ashley Madison – a website for cheating spouses – by a group of hackers, who threatened to expose the names and details of the cliental base, unless the website …
Friday, 04 September 2015 11:42

GENDER VIOLENCE

GENDER VIOLENCE By: ratnesh mishra A Gender Violence is a problem of female inequality. The major source of Gender violence are selective sex abortion, rape and dowry despite Government banned the selective abortion under Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostics Techniques in 1994 and taking -giving dowry by Dowry Prohibition Act 1961. Despite all, Gender inequality is a historic worldwide phenomena rooted in Cultures and Gender norm that organizes social life human relation as well as promote subordination of women in form of social strata. In India this cultural...
Friday, 04 September 2015 11:40

In the name of God!

In the name of God! By: ysn The phenomenon of godmen and godwomen and their mass adulation by people is not new in India. For centuries, this country has wittingly allowed itself to be beguiled by snake charmers and peddlers with card and parrot who claim to know others' destinies. This has happened because there is a tradition in India to not question anything that is served on God's name. This has helped imposters to befool Indians by cloaking their dubious practices behind a halo of divinity, while very cleverly making money out of people's superstition. Seen in this...
Friday, 04 September 2015 11:30

Media hits new lows in Sheena Bora reportage

Media hits new lows in Sheena Bora reportage By: ysn The Sheena Bora murder case comes as another unnerving example of trial by media where television channels once again seem to cross their mandate of reportage and border on vigilantism as they try leapfrogging each other in the race for good TRPs. No doubt, the alleged brutal murder of a daughter by her own mother, with layers of sub-plots involving the mother's ambition, deceit, multiple relationships and the grand lie of passing off her daughter as a sibling, arouse surprise and horror. But that does not give media...
Friday, 04 September 2015 11:28

Demystifying ‘smart cities’

Demystifying ‘smart cities’ By: manithoi meitei What are they? Although there is no universally accepted definition of a smart city, Smart Cities Mission of the Government of India says it is aiming at “core infrastructure” where there are also “smart solutions” to problems related to civic amenities. The “core infrastructure” elements in a smart city would include: adequate water supply, assured electricity supply, sanitation, including solid waste management, efficient urban mobility and public transport, affordable housing, especially for the poor, robust IT...
#LoveWins: The Supreme Court of US Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage By: daisy leivon On 26th June 2015, the US made history by becoming the 20th country to legalize same-sex marriage. The US Supreme Court ruled that all Americans, no matter their gender or sexual orientation, are allowed to get married. This ruling stated that all states in the US must issue marriage license to same-sex couples. After decades of campaigning to ensure civil marriage rights for same-sex couples, this decision by the Supreme Court saw many people celebrating across the country, and supported by...
Friday, 03 July 2015 10:50

The Civilised Citizen

The Civilised Citizen By Renuka Soraisam I am not an environmentalist or even call myself an environment freak, but whenever I see people throwing around garbage and plastics everywhere, it bothers me. It bothers me to the core of my heart. People walk around in fancy shoes, drive around luxurious cars, pretending to be the most civilised and educated species on earth. But what you will never fail to notice is that even the ones in the most luxurious cars will roll down their windows to throw that piece of plastic wrapper on the road. It doesn’t matter whether they…
Thursday, 02 July 2015 12:00

GENDER EQUALITY

By: ShraddhaSaxena Gender equality has been explicitly recognized as key not only to the health of nations, but also to social and economic development.The pairing of the concept of gender equality into one MDG implicitly recognizes that gender equality and empowerment are two sides of the same coin: progress toward gender equality requires empowerment and empowerment requires increases in gender equality.Since gender inequality and women‘s disempowerment occur in all the different domains in which women and men interact and function, both concepts are multi-dimensional;...
Friday, 01 May 2015 13:36

The Unequal Woman

The role of women across the world is without a doubt unequal when compared with the opposite sex. In some parts of India, the tilt against women is probably far greater than many parts of the world. What follows in this write-up is a long note I made soon after the Nirbhaya rape in December 2013. This ghastly incident continues to live in our minds particularly since the Courts have reportedly not even heard the case in a year and now a film - India’s Daughter - related to this case has been banned.When I started writing this note, I…
 I was leaning my head against one of those glass-frames between which the metro seats are placed and he was standing on the other side of the glass barrier. He started tracing the airport line on the map of the Delhi metro printed on the glass and his finger stopped right where my face was, just the glass in between. I looked at him and there he was shamelessly making kissing sounds at me. He looked as if he had just graduated from holding his mother’s hand in the women compartment of the metro. Am I cursing myself for not…
 Politics is a man's world! These are not my words, but by men themselves. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “If women want to be in politics, they need to grow skin as thick as a rhinoceros". Like Roosevelt, many have observed that International Politics is a man's world. A world inhabited by diplomats, soldiers and international civil servants, most of whom are men. IR was founded as a separate discipline in the wake of World War 1, charged with investigating the causes of war and conditions for peace. As Tickner puts it, IR with its focus on the "high" politics of…

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