Politics Why This Election is Not The Time to Be a Fence-Sitter
Each election cycle brings in a government that chips away at whatever democratic ideals we have left. Yet, we vote every five years and display faith in our Constitution. To that end, the time to be a fence-sitter is over. To sit on a fence is to be politically flexible to whatever it is that suits you best, regardless of how it affects others.Add to list
Social Commentary How Smartphone Cameras Changed the Way We “Perform” Violence, From BJP’s Joota Fight to the Assam Meat-seller’s Video
We once lived in a time when we feared what the ISIS would upload each time a beheading took place. Now, we have the Christchurch attacks where a man livestreams a massacre. The video as evidence, but not shame, has become a part of the cycle of violence, and we’ve quietly accepted it as a part of 21st-century existence.Add to list
Social Commentary Gully Boy and the Bollywoodisation of “Azaadi”
The original “Azaadi” song has been damaged beyond repair. Dub Sharma’s own upload has been taken off YouTube and replaced by the sanitised Gully Boy one, where Kanhaiya Kumar’s earnest appeals for freedom have been replaced by an unnamed protester asking azaadi from “bhedbhaav” and “pakshwaad”.Add to list
Politics Don’t Our Leaders Like Mamata Banerjee Enjoy the Right to Protest?
Yesterday, Mamata Banerjee ended her dharna against the BJP, amid claims that she had weakened the political tool of protesting. We may question Banerjee’s moral high ground, considering her own intolerance toward dissent, but to take her down only because she chose to protest is misguided.Add to list