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Brexit: Parting of Europe’s Prodigal Son- Part 2

Brexit: Parting of Europe’s Prodigal Son- Part 2

Current Affairs, Politics & Social
  Written By : Riaz Quadir Paris, France Humanity for the large part has been playing ostrich regarding climate change and the impending chaos it entails, perhaps even extinction of life on Earth. However, because there is no defined timeline for these projected calamities, one can stay with one’s head buried in the sands interminably. Brexit however, is a totally different matter. For Britain the world ends in March 2019. Panic is gripping Britain tighter and tighter as the days go by. The country is gradually waking up to the idea that the promises made by the leavers were fake, and even the few leaders who may have been honestly deluded hadn’t thought it through or didn’t have enough information and details to know what Brexit would actually entail. The Scottish First Min
The changing face of youth in Indian capital

The changing face of youth in Indian capital

Current Affairs, Politics & Social, Popular
  Written By : Simran Saini New Delhi, India Photo Credit : Prem Singh As the face of a city changes, so does the people residing in it. Or maybe vice-versa. Such is the story of the National capital and its lifestyle which is changing at the speed of one restobar/month. Maybe we don’t notice some things when we’re a part of it, but if you take a step back, a lot seems to have changed. This is exactly what happened when I came back to my hometown Delhi, after spending three years in Paris. Living in Paris, it was never difficult to find a bar for a glass of wine or beer – every neighborhood had more than one! When people asked me about the drinking culture in India, I always used to say ‘there isn’t even a bar close to my place’! This statement that I made over and over
Article 35A: Is it the root of all battles?

Article 35A: Is it the root of all battles?

Current Affairs, Politics & Social, Popular
Written By: Amitava Gupta Kolkata, India Photo Credit: Lydia Gaudin, Altaf Ahmad Budoo It does not take much to understand why BJP is against Article 35A in Kashmir, which was added to India's Constitution through a Presidential order in 1954. This article gives the state legislature of Jammu & Kashmir the discretionary power of defining permanent residents of the state. None other than the permanent residents can acquire immovable property in the state, nor can 'outsiders' get government jobs or stake a claim in any government scholarship or other forms of aid. Put simply, Article 35A makes it difficult to change the demographics of the state. The valley is predominantly Muslim and BJP is yet to make much political inroads there. The 2014 Assembly election in J&K is a go...
Say ‘Yes’ to Abortion, Ireland!

Say ‘Yes’ to Abortion, Ireland!

Current Affairs, Politics & Social, Popular
  Written By : Deboshruti Roychowdhury Haryana, India Dean of Students, Ashoka University Illustration: Sagar Mondal ‘If you don't trust me with a choice, how can you trust me with a child?’ - Unknown The Republic of Ireland has voted overwhelmingly to overturn the abortion ban by 66.4% to 33.6% just a month back. A referendum held in May resulted in a landslide win for the repeal side. Previously, abortion in Ireland was only allowed when a woman's life was at risk, but not in cases of rape, incest or fatal foetal abnormality. But why was abortion such a big issue for the Catholic Ireland which had voted on abortion five times since 1983, until the May 2018 one? Catholicism has still been the biggest religion in Ireland in spite of falling mass attendance and ab
Modi-magic Faces Challenge, Time for Survival War

Modi-magic Faces Challenge, Time for Survival War

Current Affairs, Politics & Social
  Written By : Sankhadip Das Kolkata, India Photo Credit: Prem Singh The faith has died. People reposed, destiny disposed. The faith that Narendra Modi would be the sole rescuer of the nation; the people's trust that Modi was the Messiah who would bless us with achhe din; he was the leader who would put an end to all social and political insecurities, corruption and instabilities, is just no more. What is worse, the trust collapsed not because of failure or inefficient delivery. It collapsed because of lack of political will to deliver on promises. The intention came under doubt. The goalposts were shifted as soon as power was theirs. Social welfare, jobs and security were instantly replaced by Swachh Bharat, Yoga, cow vigilantism and religious supremacy. Those who pro
Brexit: Parting of Europe’s Prodigal Son – Part 1

Brexit: Parting of Europe’s Prodigal Son – Part 1

Current Affairs, Politics & Social
An Overview Written By Riaz Quadir Paris, France There are few adults of sane mind living in Europe who have not been inundated with the word Brexit in the last couple of years. Not a single day has passed in the last 24 months (since June 2016) that mainstream newspapers have not had the word somewhere on their front page, often multiple times. So, what exactly is Brexit and why are so many people obsessed with it. The term Brexit has existed for a while though - since 2012 to be exact - but what it means is simply Britain exiting the European Union. Britain’s history with continental Europe has been a checkered one at best. Many Europeans do not consider the Britons as true Europeans, specially since Britain had surged ahead of all other European nations to forge the biggest Empi
The Wedding

The Wedding

Politics & Social
  Riaz Quadir Image Source  >>  AP NewsRoom In the course of history, Empires rise and fall with periodic regularity. But rarely has one falling, passed on the baton to its wayward cousin across the ocean to carry on and complete its original blueprint for the Empire. The Anglo-American experience is that exception. Lately, it had been faltering, but today the project got a special shot in the arm. It was a wedding that (like in the old days) was going to cement the two countries, at least at a people’s level. The groom was a British Prince, the bride, American royalty, à la Hollywood. Nobody does pomp and circumstance like these two. One real, the other make believe. Today they combined their skills. The whole world was invited. And they lapped it all up. What Ter
Armenia’s Velvet Revolution

Armenia’s Velvet Revolution

Current Affairs, Politics & Social
  Ani Hovhannisyan Yerevan, Armenia ‘Don’t let Armenia become a new Syria or Ukraine’- one of my compatriots from the Diaspora told me, as I was packing my bag to go back to my country. It was 31st March 2018. Nikol Pashinyan, member of Civil Contract and Yelk (the opposition coalition), started a 200 kilometers protest march from Gyumri to the capital. After the capital city of Yerevan, it’s the second largest city in Armenia. The demonstration called ‘My Step’ was to protest against the election of the former president Serzh Sargsyan as the prime minister. Previously, he had won the election twice, in the years 2008 and 2013. But he had then been charged with winning the election fraudulently with the help of his oligarch friends and thus became really unpopular. On Ap
Aadhaar Card and Identity

Aadhaar Card and Identity

Politics & Social
  Debkumar Mitra Kolkata, India In the mid-1990s the government of Iceland had granted deCODE Genetics exclusive access to the medical records, some of them hundreds of years old, of the tiny European nation. The move caused a furore inside and outside Iceland with many calling it to be the sellout of the genetic identity of every Icelander. A woman moved the supreme court of Iceland against deCODE and the court ruled in favour of her. The controversy did not die down with it, since then whenever the researchers of the Human Genome Project wanted to study the genetic makeup of a unique group of people there have been protests that derailed many well-designed and well-meaning experiments. The concern these protests articulated was loud and clear - identity is a private preserv
What Are The Koreans Thinking About Reconciliation

What Are The Koreans Thinking About Reconciliation

Current Affairs, Politics & Social
  Steffi Khanam - Seoul, South Korea When South Korea hosted the Olympics in 1988, North Korea refused to participate and it also blew up an South Korean Airliner 10 months before the event. But this time, North Korea participated in the events and even sent a women’s cheerleaders team. Some might believe that the North Korean team’s participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeong Chang, in South Korea, might be a sign of reconciliation, but how does South Korean population feel about it? To find out the answer I actually asked some of the students in Kyung Hee, students of Global Communication what their opinion was. All of them were willing to help North Korea in case they needed help, but they were completely against reunification, as they believe it might affect

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