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BJP YUVA MORCHA WANTS TO BOYCOTT FAB INDIA

Clothing brand Fab India has caught itself in a controversy ahead of its Diwali collection launch. The brand has been accused of ‘hurting sentiments’ as they have titled their Diwali 2021 collection as ‘Jashn-E-Rivaaz’.... Read more

55% OF PROFESSIONALS STRESSED: SAYS NEW LINKEDIN SURVEY FINDING

A survey conducted by LinkedIn has revealed that a majority of 55% of Indian professionals are highly stressed due to various reasons ranging from insufficient incomes, work-life imbalance and slow career progress.... Read more

DELHI UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR CALLS HIGHER NUMBER IN ADMISSIONS OF KERALITE STUDENTS ‘MARKS JIHAD’

A professor from Delhi University’s Kirori Mal College has caught himself up in a stir by stating that the influx of students from Kerala boards is ‘Marks Jihad’. The statement has been made in a social media post in which he says that the higher percentage of marks for students applying from Kerala is an abuse of power.... Read more

CRITICAL THINKING IN A CLIMATE OF HINDUTVA

Kannur University in Kerala has decided to retain the works of M S Golwalker (A Bunch of Thoughts) and V D Savarkar (Hindutva: Who is a Hindu?) for their post-graduation course being offered, titled Governance and Politics. A controversy had erupted after the syllabus for the course was revealed - critics expressed their concern that teaching right-wing, Hindutva ideologues in today’s day and age can result in backfiring. ... Read more

IN KERALA, MUSLIM LEAGUE DISSOLVES WOMAN’S YOUTH WING HARITHA

The Haritha state committee has been dissolved by the IUML leadership on Wednesday. The Muslim league’s high-level meeting took the decision because the Haritha committee did not comply with the ‘party’s demands’.... Read more

RAHUL GANDHI SHARES HIS “IDEA OF INDIA” THEORY IN KERALA

“They say India is a territory, we say India is people, relationships. It’s the relationship between Hindu and Muslim, between Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, between Tamil, Hindi, Urdu and Bengali. My problem with PM is that he is breaking these relationships”, says Rahul Gandhi... Read more

HASEEN DILRUBA – FILM REVIEW

Haseen Dillruba is trying to bring in the flavor of pulp novels and the artifice is inherent to the story. It is trying to sell you an idea of love which rings true in pulp novels but lacks the great skill to make it believable. It only ends up feeding in the false romantic notion of what love should be.... Read more

V M SUDHEERAN RESIGNS FROM INC, SAYS LEADERSHIP MUST CORRECT ITS MISTAKES

On Monday while speaking to the media after his resignation from the KPCC political affairs committee, VM Sudheeran said he protested with disappointment from certain unpleasant functioning of the INC in Kerala.... Read more

GOA INDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS VETERAN TO JOIN TRINAMOOL CONGRESS

Veteran Indian National Congress leader from Goa and former Chief Minister Luizinho Faleiro is all set to join the Bengal party. The INC leader called the party chief and CM Mamata Banerjee a ‘street fighter” and said, “Goa is going through difficult times and it needs such fighters, which are also in the same wavelength, same party ideology, policies, principles and programs."... Read more

16 YEAR MERKEL ERA COMES TO AN END IN GERMANY

Merkel is panning to step down now that the election results are out which could be a historic year for Europe’s largest economy. Chancellor Merkel has played the face of Germany and Europe at large, since 2005 when she first took office. Germany’s center-left Social Democrats (SPD) has claimed victory over the conservatives led by Chancellor Angela Merkel in federal elections on Sunday. SPD leader Olaf Scholz has a clear mandate to form the government now.... Read more

ASSAM EVICTION KILLS INNOCENTS, OUTRAGE FROM OPPOSITION AND CIVIL SOCIETY

A triggering and disturbing video that surfaced the internet on Thursday show cases of the brutal police eviction in Darrang district, where a man was shot and a photographer that accompanied the police force stomps on the dead body.... Read more

CRISES AND HEALING: NEW LESSONS IN THE WAKE OF A POST CAPITALIST WORLD

"When we bring our fights to the watering hole of grief, our political systems, natural environment, economic frameworks, civil society and culture all become living, breathing memorials to what we have lost. What we have lost becomes found, witnessed, honored. In this way, all social justice and human rights work is a collective act of gloried mourning. To have a movement that breathes, you must build a movement with the capacity to grieve."... Read more

ROW OVER KERALA BISHOP’S NARCOTIC JIHAD STATEMENT, MUSLIM BODIES UPSET

The ‘Love Jihad - Narcotic Jihad’ statement by Pala, Kerala, Bishop Fr. Joseph Kalarangatt has yet not been apologized for and Muslim political and social representative are upset over the ongoing negotiations ... Read more

AMELIA! OH MY DARLING!

A quaint European cafe and bakery with classic cuisine for the upmarket travelled consumer. Conventional French interiors using very minimalistic element protocols. A rainy evening on the Delhi Gurgaon Highway persuaded me to stop over at this quant looking complex called 'Gallery on the MG'.... Read more

GULLY BOY – FILM REVIEW

Gully Boy opens with Moeen (Vijay Verma) walking the gullies of Mumbai smoking a cigarette nonchalantly before he whistles out to Murad (Ranveer Singh). A simple and no frills attached entry for one of the biggest stars in India. This underlines what Gully Boy is all about.... Read more

National Anthem gets Meghalayan touch

On the 50th anniversary of the statehood of the state of Meghalaya, the state legislative assembly gave an indigenous rendition of the national anthem of the country. It was the speaker, Metbah Lyngdoh who thought of giving the national anthem... Read more

READING DOWN OF RESTITUTION OF CONJUGAL RIGHTS ESSENTIAL FOR A SAFER INDIA

As we are in the 21st century, its high time to rethink and restructure the divorce laws in the country. The Restitution of Conjugal Rights, a legal provision within the Hindu Marriage Act (1955)/Special Marriage Act (1954), is observed and critiqued by... Read more

NAME CHANGES TO EDITS IN NOTES: REWRITING HISTORY

On being simply notified by a twitter user and an RSS ideologue, Ratan Sharda, the Ministry of Culture has removed a certain paragraph about the Mughal Empire from the KnowIndia website. Though being an uncertain, barely noticeable incident... Read more

100 YEARS SINCE THE MAPPILA REVOLT, NOW BEING ERASED FROM HISTORY

On 24 August, a committee of 3 members from the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) reviewed the names of ‘freedom fighters’ from 1857 to the independence in 1947, and has decided to remove 387 names of martyrs who died in the Malabar Rebellion of 1921. ... Read more

“EXPECTING JUSTICE”, HARITHA TO IUML

Haritha, the woman wing of IUML’s students’ faction MSF has been frozen by the party following the complaints filed by ten of its members against the state and district MSF leaders. The women had filed a complaint to the State Women’s Commission after not getting any response from IUML, regarding derogatory, sexual remarks allegedly made by MSF State President P. K Navas and Malappuram district General Secretary V. Abdul Wahab during a MSF meeting on June 22nd.... Read more