POV Why the Supreme Court Verdict on Forest Rights Act Might Spell Disaster for Lakhs of Adivasis
The Centre’s apathy is the biggest enabler of yesterday’s SC verdict that ordered for forced evictions of over 1 million forest-dwelling households. The verdict is perhaps the cruelest blow on undermining the Forest Rights Act, that concerns itself with conserving the rights of the marginalised communities.Add to list
POV Bollywood’s a Sellout! Did We Really Need Cobrapost to Tell Us That?
A sting by Cobrapost, Operation Karaoke, set up a fake PR agency that asked Bollywood celebrities to endorse a political party for money. But after a slew of propaganda films and biopics, are we really surprised to learn that the industry is full of actors who are cosily nestled in political pockets?Add to list
POV How Smartphones Killed the Art of Sitting at the Window Seat and Doing Nothing
Technology is a giant slayer of many things wonderful and one of them is the joy of sitting at the window seat. Where do we have the time to simply sit and stare amid the constant notifications and the lure of Netflix on your phone?Add to list
POV Pulwama Attack: When Did Peace Become Such a Loaded, Dirty Word?
In the wake of the Pulwama attack, the distinction between sympathising with terrorists and hoping that peace will prevail has become increasingly blurry for those infected with a taste for vengeful retribution. At this point, someone could advocate a nuclear war and they’d receive a warmer reception than a person calling for peace.Add to list
POV What About Work Kalchar? What Does Bengal Do With So Many State Holidays?
As most of the country grumped their way to work on Monday, West Bengal enjoyed a long weekend to mark Saraswati Puja. After the rampant trade unionism during the Left Front era, Bengali work culture now faces a new challenge — a festive calendar that gets longer and more complicated every year.Add to list
POV Shashi Tharoor, You’ve Put Liberals in a Spot. We Now Have to Defend Arnab Goswami
With that FIR against Arnab Goswami, Shashi Tharoor has now legitimised the Republic TV anchor as a journalist. Tharoor has enabled the biggest bully of our times to play the victim card, and put all of us in the awkward position of having to side with Goswami on the issue of freedom of press.Add to list
POV “Main Toh Maa Ki Tarah Hoon”: When Aunty Judgement Masquerades as Concern
Time and again, girls are shamed by the aunty patrol only to then have them conveniently package the whole thing as “maternal concern” – “Beta, I’m like your mother.” But the truth is, these women are neither our mothers, nor are they genuinely concerned. Then why does the length of my skirt or the sound of my laugh bother them?Add to list
POV Work, Netflix, or Chill? How My Generation Has Lost its Battle With Eight-Hour Sleep
In our 20s, there’s no greater juggling act than trying to balance work, social life and a decent sleep cycle. If you’re managing to do alright in your career, while maintaining a semblance of a social life and despite this, are still magically getting a full eight hours of sleep every night, then teach me senpai.Add to list
POV The Case For Not Being Born: What’s the Mumbai Man Who Wants to Sue his Parents Thinking?
There is a philosophical basis for the arguments of Raphael Samuel, the Mumbai man suing his parents for being born. But in carrying out a superficial social-media stunt rather than addressing the issue with any nuance, his intent is hard to discern.Add to list
POV Hampi Vandalism: What Thrills Do Indians Get By Destroying Public Property?
The video from Hampi is evidence that nothing unites Indians like a bit of good old-fashioned vandalism. And it's not just the monuments on which we want to (literally) leave our mark. Remember when passengers on the Tejas Express damaged its entertainment screens, stole the headphones, and tore the seats?Add to list