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Telliscope: Fighting the good fight

By Ashley Tellis
There is no substitute for struggles on the ground, no matter how difficult these are. In the JNU case, it cannot but be a struggle on the ground and many academics from there (including ones excoriated for asking for a withdrawal from social media activism in an earlier moment) have already issued a statement against the punishment and will doubtless start a campaign against it in JNU.

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Law and Gender: Notion of ‘Modesty’ in Indian Criminal Law

By Ishani Mookherjee
the Courts have followed a paternalistic and protectionist approach while dealing with the issue of sexual assault of ‘modesty’ by reinforcing the stereotype that ‘modesty’ is associated only with women, relating it with public morality and applying an objective test from ‘a reasonable man’s perspective’.

Odisha: A Pictorial dedication to one of India’s most beautiful regions

By Kamalini Natesan
We leave Odisha, satisfied, and full. The rain gods have splattered us forever, and Odisha will remain embedded, as a verdant memory of temples, coconut palms and a very kind people, who make excellent food. We repeatedly tasted the baked cottage cheese-like sweet, called Chhena Pod Pitha, which literally means burnt and baked cottage cheese. Its melt-in-the-mouth experience, very lightly sweetened, is much like Odisha itself.

Feminism and politics of suspicion

By Amit Bindal
This distinction between believing in women as opposed to believing the accounts of women’s oppression demonstrates and opens up the possibilities of combating sexual harassment without abandoning the rule of law. It is the denial of credibility and suspicion of the complainant inherent in the law and legal process that has led to the failure of due process.

Sir Syed’s relevance in contemporary India

By Javid Ahmad Ahanger
Here I recall the prophetic words of Zakir Hussain, the third President of India, who referred to AMU as a laboratory of Indian pluralism. It is this pluralism that needs to be cherished keeping all political differences aside. It is AMU alone that has the ability to create a tolerant multicultural society.

Ram Temple Mobilization: How to Defeat Divisive Forces

By Abhay Kumar
My mother worships Lord Rama but she has never shown any interest in the disputed site. She has never shown her desire to get the Ram Temple built on the same place of Babri Masjid. For her, her Ram is with her. Her Ram does not live in Ayodhya at the site of the Babri Masjid nor does He live in Nagpur, Ashoka Road or R.K. Puram in New Delhi.

Travelogue: Memories of Masai Mara

By Mallika Bhaumik
When we were finally dropped off at the airport and waved Daniel good bye, we felt we have seen more of the sky, felt more of sunshine, touched the ebb and flow of raw emotions crisscrossing within us. In short, we lived more of life during these few days as tourists.

No Future? Urdu in Contemporary India

By Rahman Abbas
Abhishek Shukla, Vipul Kumar, Vikas Sharma Raz, Pradeep Sarkash, Tripurari Kumar are the ones who are now known as young talented Urdu poets, and they have proved that the politics of hate is not relevant anymore. They have learnt the Urdu script and proved that Hindustani can be acknowledged and expressed in two scripts.

Short Story: Boarding School

By Nishi Pulugurtha
On the day of the school reunion, we school mates looked different, we were different, but that day when we met and spoke, we became school girls all over again – those giggles, that laughter, those stories, it was as if that time in between had not wrought much  change.