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  • What’s Frivolous About Investigating Justice Loya’s Death?

    How is a request for investigation into the death of a judge an attack on the judiciary? To imply that wanting to know how Justice Loya died is frivolous is a bit much coming from the Supreme Court, the custodians of our democracy.

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  • Did Kendrick Lamar Just Pimp the Pulitzer?

    There was a time when mainstream rap involved guys named “Lil” talking about sex and drugs. Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer prize is an indicator that mainstream rap can be meaningful. It could one day be considered classical music.

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  • AsifaPorn The Rise of Communal Porn: What the Kathua Girl Search Says About Us

    The eight-year-old who was gang-raped in a Kathua temple, today became the top trending search on a popular porn website. But we’ve been purveyors of “Hindu-Muslim” porn for a while now. It is easier to blame Sanji Ram for the perversion, but the real perversion lies in our minds.

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  • boroline The Great Bong Love Affair With Boroline

    An indispensable asset of every Bengali, whether they are probashi, bheto, nyaka, or ghoti is their absolute dependency on the wide-ranging powers of the handy Boroline. For us, it’s not just an ointment, but a way of life; just like aloor chop on a Sunday evening or a KKR match at Eden Gardens.

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  • Ambedkar When Did Ambedkar Jayanti Start Getting the Rohit Shetty Treatment?

    I was born in a Dalit family, and Ambedkar Jayanti was nothing short of Diwali for us. April 14 was a day of music and quiet pride. Over the years, however, the day has transformed. It is no longer the underdog indie; it is now a big, gaudy Rohit Shetty film.

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  • smallambitions Bass Itna Sa Khwaab Hai: The Pleasures of a Life With Small Ambitions

    My friends work their bums off to get a house or a vehicle or a ration card registered in their name to feel like independent adults. But independence to me is the general compartment ticket of Indian Railways that doesn’t have my name on it, but still allows me to commute between two far-off stations.

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  • BirthdayStress Birthday Stress: It’s Your B’day So You Know You Want To Cry

    Birthdays cease to be celebrations, once the needle goes beyond 25. Instead, they turn into annual reminders of unfulfilled potential, ever-ticking biological clocks, and how everyone your age is doing so much better than you.

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  • FakeNews The Fake News Factory Must Shut Down: Here’s Where to Begin

    Earlier this week, Narendra Modi withdrew an order from the I&B Ministry proposing to cancel the accreditation of journalists who were spreading fake news. But if we are serious about combating fake news, let’s begin with the IT cells of political parties.

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  • freelancewriter Hi, I’m a Writer and I Freelance For a Dying

    The freelancer has inspired a slew of #LifeGoals exhorting others to quit their job, follow their dreams, and travel the world. Yet, somehow, all this carpe diem spirit around the freelancer lifestyle doesn’t really address the real question: Who will pay your rent?

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  • professionalism Why Professionalism Needs to Die

    It’s time we write an obituary of professionalism. Today, professionalism involves showing up at office (even though you can do most of the work from anywhere else), not asking questions above your pay grade, and wearing a shirt not folded at the elbows.

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