Abhinandan Kaul writes on a diverse range of issues. Read all of his latest articles here!
Adieu To Gorbachev: Lesser Known Facts About The Soviet Leader
Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the now disintegrated gargantuan state of the Soviet Union breathed his last on 30 August 2022. While he is celebrated by many as the man who could bring the Cold War to an end, saving the world from another global war, there are others who despise him as the man responsible for the collapse of the Soviet Union. Even though he was in power for less than seven years, he sparked an astounding chain of numerous events that led to the Soviet Union’s demise, the liberation of countries in Eastern Europe from Russian rule, and the end of years of East-West nuclear hostilities.
Aug 31, 2022
The Daily Delhi Metro Hustle
From texting friends to watching a youtube video (Amit Bhadana), taking a nap or idly whiling away time with a poker face on and waiting for your station to arrive (which never happens until your phone runs out of juice), the Delhi metro has become a second home for students studying in universities of Delhi who traverse daily from far off places like Noida, Gurgaon (Gurugram, sorry!), Ghaziabad, etc, to attend their colleges.
Aug 28, 2022
Corruption Is A Virus That Has Been Plaguing India Since Ages
In today’s world, it can be unarguably said that Corona virus is the most heard and spoken word, with the digital bombardment of news reports, articles, videos, posters, and what not. Although the Corona virus has plagued the entire world since its identification as a Pandemic, there is another evil or should I say metaphorically another ‘Virus’, which has plagued the world and especially our country India since decades, and i.e. Corruption.
Aug 21, 2022
DU Releases Remaining Cut-offs Schedule: Special Cut-Offs Explained
The University of Delhi on Saturday, 21 November 2020 released the schedule and admission guidelines for the remaining cut-offs for merit-based admissions for this year's admission session.
Nov 21, 2020
Leveraging Technology For Prevention of Corruption
Legendary American film director, Godfrey Reggio once said, “It’s not that we use technology, we live technology.” Technology has become an integral part of our lives by bringing with it a vast number of benefits, making us more creative, productive, and innovative. This productivity and innovation along with the technologically boosted creativity of humans have proven to be extremely helpful for our nation in tackling an issue that plagued our nation ever since it got independent, and i.e. Corruption.
Nov 03, 2020
It’s Time South Asian Nations Came Together To Fight Against Covid-19
The inspirational deaf-blind American Author Helen Keller once exclaimed, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Her wise thoughts stand true and very relevant, especially in today’s testing times when a raging pandemic engulfs the entire world in its darkness. It is essential that in this time of gloom and doom, the world, and especially the South Asian region, comes together and engages in collaborative efforts to fight the virus and heal the wounds inflicted by it.
Nov 01, 2020
Do Pakistani leaders care about Islam?
Recent statements by Pakistani leaders reflects how the so-called “Islamic” nation of Pakistan just backs on the façade of religion to justify its existence and misrule of leaders over its citizens, and in reality doesn’t truly care for the religion. It appears the failed experiment of Pakistan, ever since its establishment, has been trying to keep itself afloat using Medieval power tactics, a major part of which is religion.
Oct 29, 2020
DU Admissions: How To Change Course/College
Many aspirants who've got into colleges now are curious so about how to shift from one college or course to another. Adding to the confusions are news sites and a few posts which tend to be a bit mislead regarding the shifting process of courses and colleges. Hence, this article will precisely deal with the same and hopefully clear all clouds of doubt that may be on the applicants minds.
Oct 18, 2020
College Of Vocational Studies Releases Cut Offs: Documents Required For Admission
The College of Vocational Studies on 8th October 2020, released its first cut off list for Under Graduate admissions. Although the cut offs by CVS have been released, the admission procedure of the Delhi University hasn't started yet.
Oct 09, 2020
Delhi University To Release UG Cut Offs Soon: Know How To Calculate Your Percentage
The age of Information Overload does have its advantages like the availability of unlimited information easily at the click of a button, but like any other modern advent, it does have a flipside to it and the confusions regarding the admission procedure to the Delhi University stands out as a prime example.
Oct 08, 2020
Bihar Elections 2020: It’s Election Commission Vs Covid-19
Although state elections are a usual phenomenon that one can spectate in the country as each year passes, the Bihar assembly elections aren’t an ordinary one, all thanks to Covid-19. This election with over 70 million voters with a ravaging pandemic lingering in the background, poses to the EC, a set of herculean challenges which it has never faced before since its constitution after Independence.
Sept 26, 2020
DU Releases Admission Schedule- ECA/Sports Admissions Explained
The University of Delhi after a long drawn period of anxiety and wait has finally released the admission schedule for UnderGraduate and PostGraduate applicants on it's official website.
Sept 25, 2020
India Needs To Jumpstart The Economy To Get On The Road To Recovery
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t only lead to the loss of an innumerable number of lives but has also engulfed the global economy, unleashing an era of economic distress and ruin. Apart from the country where the virus is said to have originated (China), most of the world’s nations, especially those treading on the path of development like India, are now facing economic torment.
Sept 21, 2020
St. Stephen's College Releases Cut Offs- Admission Procedure Explained
St. Stephen's college, one of the most prestigious educational institutions of the country has finally released its much anticipated cut off lists. Amidst the overload of information all thanks to the Digital Age we live in, many students are left confused with the admissions procedure for the college. However, this article will surely clear the clouds of doubt in students' minds.
Sept 16, 2020
2020: The Year Of Baffling Economic Dissonance
If the World was a theatre and Years were movies, then 2020 would definitely be Jumanji, with everyone terrified with more than half of the movie finished, waiting for a positive climax and happy ending, hopefully by the arrival of a vaccine! As the pandemic continues to grip onto the world, it has unleashed a chain of events which predicting a year ago would’ve been impossible.
Sept 09, 2020
Farewell To The “Man of All Seasons”
The entire nation grieves as Former President of India and Bharat Ratna Shri. Pranab Mukherjee left for his heavenly abode on 31st August 2020. One of the finest statesmen India has ever seen, Pranab Mukherjee, often fondly called Pranab da by people, will be greatly missed. His great contributions and service to our country will be hailed by generations to come.
Sept 01, 2020
DU PhD Students First to Return to University: Allowed Re-entry In Hostels & Labs
The University of Delhi has allowed for the re-entry of PhD students in a phased manner and will also be re-opening its research labs for PhD students, making them the first to return to the University post lockdown.
Aug 23, 2020
New Education Policy 2020- The Game Changer
The introduction of the New Education Policy which was drafted by the Kasturirangan committee is all set to bring in several core reforms and fine changes which are focused at improving the education system of the country which was last tweaked 28 years ago.
Jul 30, 2020
DU Revives ECA, Extends Registration Deadline, Notifies Editing Guidelines
The University of Delhi through a Press Release has announced the withdrawal of its controversial decision to scrap the ECA quota for all categories except NCC and NSS. It will now include all the fourteen categories it included last year for the Extra Curricular Activities (ECA) quota for admissions. The university has also extended the deadline for registration through merit (cut-offs) for all courses to 31st August 2020.
Jul 26, 2020
Ghost Courses Haunt DU’s Financial Exchequer
Delhi University (DU) is well- known for the diverse plethora of courses it offers at different levels like Undergraduate, Post-Graduate, Ph.D, etc, on which it naturally incurs expenditure each year like any other Government university. However, enigmatically, the university also uses its funds on courses that it no longer provides, making them Ghost Courses of the university which haunt its financial exchequer.
Jul 22, 2020
Vice-President Advises DU on ECA Row
Shri. M Venkaiah Naidu, the Vice President of India has advised the authorities of the University of Delhi (DU) to reconsider its decision on the Extra-Curricular Activities (ECA) quota and has recommended them to continue the ECA quota system that was being followed by the university previously by allowing colleges to reserve seats for talented artists.
Jul 11, 2020
Admissions 2020: PwBD Aspirants Face Difficulties in Obtaining Certificates
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, many University of Delhi (DU) applicants have complained about difficulties in getting Persons’ With Benchmark Disabilities (PwBD) certificates made or renewed for availing benefits in the university for the same.
Jul 07, 2020
DU Launches ‘School Of Skill Enhancement & Entrepreneurship Development’
The University of Delhi has joined the bandwagon of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ by launching the Delhi School of Skill Enhancement and Entrepreneurship Development (DSSEED) under the Institution of Eminence (IoE). The institute envisages empowering “young talent” by providing them opportunities to enhance their skills in a “structured manner” through training.
Jul 03, 2020
DUTA Writes To PM to Seek Cancellation Of Open Book Exams
The Delhi University Teachers’ Association wrote to the Prime Minister for immediate relief for over 4 lakh final-year DU students and for an alternate grading formula for the semester based on past performance and internal assessment/ project/ assignment done for the semester.
Jul 01, 2020
Child Labour- A Historical Evil To Be Eradicated
Child labor has been one of the greatest barriers to social growth for many years. The elimination of all forms of child labor is a challenge and a long-term aim in many countries. It is considered a serious issue these days, particularly in developing countries like our own.
Jun 28, 2020
ABVP Starts DU Admissions Helpline
The Covid-19 pandemic situation and its consequent lockdowns have resulted in the university making several major changes to the admission procedure, like the decision of not conducting sports & ECA trials, 100% online admission process, among many others. These changes coupled up with the great amount of uncertainty and tensions all thanks to the pandemic situation has caused great amount of anxiety and confusion in the minds of many applicants. This has been the driving factor for the students’ organization to come up with such an initiative to help those who wish to get admitted to the university.
Jun 27, 2020
Maharaja Agrasen College Converted Into COVID-19 Quarantine Facility
With students sent home and the conduct of online classes, many universities and college campuses all across the country have been turned into Covid-19 quarantine centers. Some of the first educational institutes to do so were the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) in Mumbai and Maulana Azad National Urdu University in Hyderabad among a few others, and now Maharaja Agrasen college, one of the eminent colleges constituting the University of Delhi has also been converted into an institutional quarantine facility.
Jun 26, 2020
More than One Lakh Students Apply to DU
The University of Delhi had started its admission procedure on 20th June 2020. As of now more than 1.44 lakh applicants have registered on the online portal of the University of Delhi for undergraduate admissions.
Jun 25, 2020
DU Releases Procedure for Downloading Admit Cards for Online Open Book Exams
Delhi University (DU) through a notification released on its official website dated 22nd June 2020, explained the procedure to be followed by final-year undergraduate students from regular colleges of the university for downloading admit cards required for giving the Open Book Examinations which are set to be conducted by the University from 1st July 2020 onwards.
Jun 24, 2020
DU to Conduct Webinar for UG Admissions
The Admission Department of the University of Delhi has announced that it will conduct an online live webinar on 23rd June 2020, for the undergraduate admissions to the university to aid and guide the aspirants in the admission process and solve their queries due to major changes initiated by the university in the admission procedures in the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic situation.
Jun 22, 2020
Pratishtha Deveshwar- From Fatal Accident to Fortune at Oxford
Pratishtha Deveshwar, a third year student at Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi is the first wheel-chair bound Indian to study at the world renowned Oxford University. Her inspiring journey from a fighting for her life in the ICU due to a fatal accident, to getting admitted in one of the best colleges in Delhi University and then securing a seat in the prestigious Oxford university stands testimony to the fact that people with unshakable faith and determination can achieve anything they set their eyes on.
Jun 20, 2020
DUSU Protests Against China; Burn Effigy & Flag
DUSU and other student representatives protested against China’s actions at the Line of Actual Control. They burnt a Chinese effigy and the Chinese national flag to protest against China in condemnation of the abhorrent violence shown by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army at the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The union also paid tribute to the valour and gallantry of the Indian soldiers.
Jun 19, 2020
Lord Krishna’s 16,000 wives- How So-Called ‘Liberals’ Twisted The Story
It is a common misconception among many that Lord Krishna had multiple wives, more than 16,000 of them and anti- Hindu miscreants use it to demean Hinduism. Many people just take it as a free pass to abuse Lord Krishna and question his character. However, these miscreants don’t speak of the complete story and just emphasize over the “16,000” wives. The actual story sheds light on the true character of Lord Krishna as a savior of the masses, one who cared about all as opposed to the image anti- Hindus try to portray.
Jun 18, 2020
DUTA Writes to VC- Demands Special Medical Benefits and Financial Aid
The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) wrote a letter to Professor Yogesh Tyagi, Vice Chancellor of Delhi University in connection to the issues regarding the Covid-19 treatment of the university employees, and urged him to call out certain provisions to provide employees special medical benefits and financial aid in case they get affected by the crisis.
Jun 17, 2020
Russia’s Oil Spill In The Arctic Circle: An Environmental Emergency?
The oil spill that occurred from a plant owned the Russian metals mining giant Norilsk Nickel in late May 2020, has caused more than 20,000 tons of fuel to exude into a neighboring Ambarnaya river turning its surface crimson red. The oil spill was caused due to the collapse of an aging fuel tank at a power plant due to “thawing permafrost” as exclaimed by Norilsk Nickel in a statement.
Jun 17, 2020
Russian Oil Spill In The Arctic- A Major Environmental Emergency
Russia has declared a state of emergency due to a gigantic oil spill in the Arctic region of Northern Siberia. The oil spill is a major cause of worry and concern due to the potentially devastating impact it may have on the Arctic environment.
Jun 16, 2020
DU Releases Admit Cards For PG Students
The University of Delhi (DU) has released the admit cards for the online open book examinations to be held for the postgraduate students. The admit card can be downloaded from the official website of the University. This “one-time measure” of the university to conduct open book examinations has met with great opposition and criticism by the university teachers and students, both which constitute of the major stakeholders in the system.
Jun 15, 2020
DU To Start School Of Climate Change To Tackle Environmental Challenges
On 13th June 2020, the University of Delhi (DU) announced that it would be setting up a School of Climate Change and Sustainability to undertake research in priority areas pertaining to climate change and sustainability as well as to generate manpower in areas with sustainable developmental technologies to achieve sustainable development goals; with a focus on the national development as well as to make DU a “world-class university”.
Jun 15, 2020
HRD Ministry Releases NIRF Rankings-Miranda House, LSR, Hindu Rank Top Three
More than 20 colleges of the University of Delhi featured on the best colleges list. Miranda House and Lady Shri Ram College rank in the top two positions. The fifth edition of the National Institutional Ranking Framework’s (NIRF) ‘India Rankings 2020’ was released by the Hon’ble Union Minister of Human Resource Development Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on 11th June 2020.
Jun 12, 2020
Apply 50-50 Formula For Final Year Students As Well- Demand DU Teachers
A group of more than 100 teachers from the Department of Physics and Astrophysics of the University of Delhi wrote a letter to Mr. Vinay Gupta, the Dean (Examinations) of the University expressing their reservations regarding the University’s decision to conduct online open-book examinations (OBE) for final-year students, and urged him to review and scrap the same.
Jun 11, 2020
The Evolution Of Masks- From Protective Gear To Fashion Accessory
Face masks which were earlier used by people as a protective gear against the rising pollution in cities are now no longer just a safety accessory but have become a fashion accessory thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic which made masks, the new normal.
Jun 08, 2020
DU Cancels Exams For First And Second Year Students; Adopts Alternate Evaluation
Delhi University will not be conducting exams for intermediate semester students of UG and PG courses. Opts for 50% internals and 50% previous semester marking.
On 4th June 2020, the University of Delhi released a notification related to the submission of marks of Internal Assessment, practical examinations and adoption of Open Book Exams. In the notification, the university declared that it has decided to not conduct examinations for the first year and second-year students of undergraduate courses and the first-year students of Postgraduate courses. Instead, the students will be graded on the basis of internal evaluation, assignment submission and previous semester’s marks.
Jun 05, 2020
DU To Conduct Mock Tests To Familiarize Final Year Students With Open Book Exams
Following DU Semester Exam 2020 Date sheet’s announcement, the varsity is now preparing to hold Mock Tests to help familiarise students with the Open Book Test format that will be used for conducting exams this year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and its consequent restrictions. On 30th May 2020, the university announced a set of guidelines that are to be followed by the colleges in conducting the open book examinations for all final year students. One of the prime guidelines is to conduct a mock test to help the students to become accustomed to the new exam system before they give the actual examinations.
Jun 04, 2020
Sports Trials And Admission Under ECA Category Unlikely In DU This year
In the wake of the circumstances wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic, the University of Delhi is considering the decision of not conducting the trials for sports quota admissions for Undergraduate courses for the academic session 2020-21. The University may also halt admissions under certain Extra Curricular Activities (ECA) due to the absence of a recognised body to issue certificates for the same.
Jun 02, 2020
The Best, Worst and Noteworthy Of Delhi University Through 2019-2020
From celebrity appearances and festivals, marches and protests to crimes against faculty, University of Delhi has seen a roller coaster of a year – we bring to you, some of the highlights from this journey.
May 31, 2020
Du Releases Tentative Date Sheet For Examinations Amid Criticism
The University Of Delhi recently released a tentative date sheet for open book examinations for all final year students and ex- students of regular colleges and departments as well as those registered with NCWEB and School of Open Learning. This decision of the University of Delhi to conduct online open book examinations has come in the midst of criticism. The University had released a notification on their official website on 14th May, regarding the conduct of examinations for final year students in which it mentioned the possibility that online open-book examinations may be held for the final year students if the Covid-19 situation doesn’t improve. This was criticized by teachers and student bodies who called it ‘discriminatory’ and ‘unfair’.
May 31, 2020
Evolution Of Dance
Dance is one of the most popular artistic disciplines, one which is espied in virtually every human society. It isn’t only a way of exercise and entertainment, but has also been a major way for people to express themselves as they move their bodies in sync with a rhythm or music sometimes synchronizing their motion with others. From time and immemorial, dance has gone hand in hand with ancient ceremonies, spiritual and social gatherings. Since the earliest moments of mankind, dance has permeated into our essence. Dancing undeniably has always been of the most eloquent ways of communication that we humans are familiar with.
May 25, 2020
Students Collective For Covid-Relief Work
The ongoing nation-wide lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic has left a devastating impact on the daily wage earners. Owing to this a group of students from Lady Shri Ram College for Women has taken up the initiative for a Student’s Collective. Abhinandan Kaul converses with the founder of the collective which aims to cushion the most vulnerable strata of the Indian society in the midst of the Covid pandemic and consequent lock downs.
May 23, 2020
From The Land Of Mythology, Here Are 6 Ancient Indian Contributions To Science And Technology
It is a common misconception held by many that India has been the land of only sages and peers who composed and studied mythological texts and stories. On the contrary, the historic Indian civilization has had a very vibrant and comprehensive tradition of science and technology since ancient times.
Historian James Grant Duff once wrote, “Many of the advances in the sciences that we consider today to have been made in Europe were made in India centuries ago.”
May 05, 2020
Jammu And Kashmir’s New Domicile Policy- A Step Towards Peace
The Central government recently came out with a new domicile policy for Jammu and Kashmir which can be seen as the logical sequel to its decision to abrogate Article 370 and Section 35 A. This new policy has redefined domiciles as those who have resided in the area for more than 15 years or have studied for 7 years and appeared in class 10th or 12th board examinations from an educational institution located in Kashmir.
There are a great number of people who will receive tremendous advantage by this new policy.
April 11, 2020
Vithalbhai Patel- The Forgotten Indian Leader
The Indian National struggle for Independence was filled with illustrious, intelligent and astounding leaders. While history has been kind to some who are well known with a legacy of their own, unfortunately there are plenty who haven’t received the praise and recognition they rightfully deserve.
Among many such towering leaders and social reformers was Vithalbhai Patel, one of the most prominent and esteemed champions of the Indian freedom struggle whose contributions are forgotten and also have been unjustly overlooked by historians.
April 07, 2020
Economic Impact Of Coronavirus
Many analysts and thinkers have compared this epidemic with the 2002 SARS epidemic, which didn’t have a very profound impact on the financial markets. This comparison is not quite right since the dependence and reliance of the global market and the importance of China in the world economic system has ginormously increased. China constituted 4.31% of the world’s GDP in 2002 and currently, the numbers are as high as 16%. The economic repercussions of the Coronavirus recrudescence around the world, provide a huge opportunity for countries like India to expand manufacturing and exports.
Mar 09, 2020
A Glance Back In Time: Science In Ancient India
It is a common misconception held by many that India has been the land of only sages and peers who composed and studied mythological texts and stories. But, on the contrary, the historic Indian civilization has had a very vibrant and comprehensive tradition of science and technology since ancient times. It is true India was a land of sages and priests, but what is also important to acknowledge is that they doubled up as great thinkers and scientists too.
Mar 04, 2020
Patel vs Nehru- The Modern Indian Rivalry
It is a well known fact that history was composed and looked after by coterie of the Indian National Congress which came to the fore in the leadership fracas in India before 1947, as a consequent result, Indian history has seldom acknowledged the fact that the country is indebted as much to Sardar Vallabhai Patel for its independence and integration as to leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru.
Feb 28, 2020
Key Takeaways From Budget 2020
Budget 2020 is hinged on three broad themes- Aspirational India, Economic Development, and Caring Society. The Budget speech delivered by our Finance Minister went on for more than two hours and 30 minutes and hence, was by far the longest till date. Sitharaman had even more to say with two pages of the speech left, but had to end the speech and sit down due to health issues.
Feb 24, 2020
Indian Mythological Concepts- Way Ahead Of Their Time
Indian texts like the Vedas, Mahabharata, and Ramayana are loaded with fanciful tales of divine beings, their forces, and epic battles between them, which are claimed to have taken place long ago. Their adventures are generally perceived to be mythological sagas that are taken as allegories. These texts mention extremely powerful Gods who fought off evil forces with superhuman abilities, flying craft s, and weapons resembling those of modern times. Hence, can we be certain that all these enigmatic sagas were allegoric or did they occur in reality?
Feb 03, 2020
Ways To Pull Of A Leather Jacket
Leather jacket, an apparel that has the striking capability to enhance your look in seconds, and is unquestionably the easiest way to keep warm during the chilly winters. Regardless of what you’re sporting, you always will have the opportunity to throw on a leather jacket and up your vogue to another level! So, here are some flamboyant types of leather jackets to help you in the task of picking the right jacket outfit for you.
Feb 01, 2020
Universal Adult Franchise- The Bedrock Of Democracy
By voting citizens are making their voice heard and registering their opinions on how they think the government should operate, and in such a diverse country like ours, I’m sure that people would have many different opinions on how the government should function. Given the importance of elections in our country India, I wonder why do so many people choose not to vote? Why do some refuse to participate in the elections, when the ministers and issues voted on have such a strong influence on nearly every aspect of their lives?
Jan 28, 2020
Dapper Winter Wardrobe Essentials For Men
Winter is a wonderful time of the year, though nippy. So, as the temperature falls, rather than bracing yourselves and turning into abominable snowmen burying yourself into deep and large bulky coats, style-less scarves and large gloves, its time you hone your vogue sense, but at the same ensure you don’t freeze yourself.
So here are some trendy and spruce must-have outfits which will literally help you kill two birds with one stone by keeping you warm in the chilly weather and at the same time enable you to keep your personal vogue up!
Jan 19, 2020
Men, Time For A Colour Change
It’s time that men rethink their colour choices. Repeating the same colours is not the only option at hand. There is a colour right under your nose, to upgrade your look.
Black, white, grey, blue, and maroon are the colours every guy conventionally has, and these are repeated throughout the week. These used to be the trend, years ago. They can move aside because here we are talking about Pink.
Nov 21, 2019
Informative Piece For Civil Services Aspirants
To most us, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) civil services may mean getting into the esteemed government jobs such as the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) or the Indian Foreign Service (IFS), but the UPSC offers much more. Here is a piece on exploration of the 24 services which the UPSC offers and all of them give a huge canvas to an individual to serve the nation and develop their personality.
Nov 09, 2019
For Outstation College Students, The Journey To Independence Is A Special One
Moving from high school to college might be an exciting transition, but it is also a very tough and stressful one. It is like a challenge that a student will struggle with initially but eventually, adjust to it over time. Being a college student brings about a lot of freedom but at the same time requires immense responsibility, lots more than what was required in high school, especially for outstation students who come from regions located far away and live all by themselves in hostels, rented accommodations or as paying guests.
Nov 08, 2019
Styling Khadi Garments
“Swaraj cannot come through the machine. But if two hundred million people with full understanding produce khadi with their own labour and wear it, the face of India will be transformed,” Gandhi ji’s courageous confidence in khadi was one of his most articulated convictions, and when he said that wearing khadi can change the spirit of India, he was right. He proved himself by making khadi the synonym of swadeshi. The humble khadi clothing has now transformed itself into a style quotient. To change is to live, and to adapt is to grow; which is absolutely true in the growth trend of the humble khadi.
Oct 07, 2019
Remembering Former PM Shastri
The sudden death of India’s second Prime Minister (PM), Lal Bahadur Shastri, in Tashkent, immediately after signing the declaration with the then Pakistani President, Ayub Khan, on 10th January 1966, following the 1965 War, has been riddled with mystery and is a hot topic of debate for decades now. Generations have passed by, but the debate about Shashtri’s death has not ceased to exist, all thanks to the secrecy propagated by our State. Some people agree to the official line that he died due to a heart attack under natural circumstances, but others assert that he fell victim to a conspiracy and was murdered, due to the anomalous ring to his death, and there are many reasons associated to it.
Oct 07, 2019
Lack Of Political Participation In St. Stephen's College
Today, as Stephen’s stands nestled in all its glory in its lush green peaceful campus, away from the pandemonium of DUSU Elections, with a Students’ Union that is constantly regarded as caught under the shackles of the administration, a resounding 77.2% of Stephanians feel that there is a dearth of political participation in college.
Sept 22, 2019
Living A College Life In The Age Of Social Media
Social media is a modern-world tool available in the hands of today’s youth, and they find solace in the sea of information found in it. To connect or to disconnect from social media has been an intensely debated topic, especially among today’s parents and the youth. While a majority of the parents think that using social media is a waste of time and a major distraction, most youth believe that it is a useful tool since it provides a virtual medium for people to get connected with each other, engage in discussions, share information, etc.
Sept 03, 2019
Ramjas, Gamcha And The Unspoken Love Story
Colleges may be famous for varied things. It can be the mouth-watering food at the cafe, famous alumni like Shahrukh Khan and Amitabh Bacchan, a Parliament or something really bizarre like a tree! But, one of the oldest colleges in University Of Delhi, Ramjas college stands out for its Gamchas! Many Ramjas students can be seen sporting a Gamcha with T- shirts and shirts on, which seem really odd and out of place to some eyes, however it is indicative of the mixing of Western and Indian cultures representing the melting point of all ends- a typical attribute of the North Campus.
Aug 22, 2019
The Iran-US Crisis And Its Implications On India
Recently, India reduced it’s oil imports from Iran to 0%. This can be detrimental for India since 10%-12% of its total oil imports were from Iran. Not only was Iranian pricing of crude oil the lowest of all as compared to other suppliers, but it was also paid in Indian rupees and not the US dollar.
Jul 12, 2019
Israel-Palestine Conflict- Shift Of Indian Stance
Many of us may have heard that recently India voted in favour of Israel at the UN, against granting observer status to a Palestinian terrorist organisation (As Israeli sources suggest due to its links with the militant group “Hamas”) named ‘Shahed’. But, many aren’t clear with what exactly is the Israel and Palestine issue? Basically, this conflict just erupted in the mid- 20th century, between 2 groups of people, the Israelis (Jews) and Palestinians (Arab Muslims) who claim the same land.
Jun 24, 2019
7 Health Benefits Of Yoga You Can’t Ignore
Yoga is an ancient practice that unites the brain and body. It fuses breathing activities, and postures intended to support relaxation and lessen pressure. Regularly practising yoga is said to result in numerous advantages for one’s mental and physical wellbeing.
Jun 21, 2019
Is The International Community Doing Enough To Support Sudan In Its Battle For Democracy?
The Arab-African nation of Sudan is currently facing a massive humanitarian crisis. The Sudanese people were fed up of Omar- Al Bashir’s 30-year-old authoritarian dictatorial regime due to a variety of factors, mainly the economic collapse brought on by years of US sanctions and loss of oil revenue by imposing drastic currency devaluation. Hence, protests erupted in the Eastern part of the country on December 19, 2018, over living standards, but eventually, the widespread public discontent permeated into the capital Khartoum. Although initially the demonstrations were majorly focused on the rising prices eventually they were broadened and demands for removal of Bashir and his government were included.
Jun 12, 2019
Technology As The Backbone Of Society
Legendary American film director, Godfrey Reggio once said, “It’s not that we use technology, we live technology.” Technology has become an integral part of our lives by bringing with it a vast number of benefits, making us more creative, productive and innovative. Technology apart from making our lives easier and increase our leisure is nowadays extensively being used for social causes in various different avenues! How? Well, let me show you!
Jun 07, 2019
Instead Of Being A Means To An End, Education In India Has Become An End In Itself
Well, let’s face the reality. Every student, wishes to get educated so that they can get jobs, earn and satisfy all their needs and desires. Some may even want jobs that pay in 6 figures! But personally, I don’t think that the current education system prevailing in our country has the capability to enable us to achieve our goals and desires, and in order to substantiate my opinion, I’d like to mention some fundamental problems that are intrinsic to our current education system.
Jan 16, 2019
Are We In The Business Of Education Or Education As A Business
Most of us have heard about Dhirubhai Ambani and Shiv Nadar. But, have you ever noticed how smoothly they have diversified their portfolio to mark their presence in the educational sector? That’s why in my opinion, education in modern India has developed into a business. Earlier, education was driven by things like devotion and thought, with emphasis on things like occupation and learning. The government and other public bodies were major investors in the sector. As the opportunities in the service sector and manufacturing sector increased for the educated youth, the demand for educational institutions grew.
Jul 11, 2018
Exam Results Are Not A True Reflection Of A Student's Intelligence
Firstly, I would like to ask you all a simple question. What are grades? Are they a foolproof means of measuring one’s intelligence quotient or are they just indicators of one’s performance in an exam? Well, according to me, examination grades are just broad indicators of one’s performance in that particular examination, based on certain marking criteria and, therefore are not a sure shot measure of judging one’s intelligence.
Jul 06, 2018
Universal Adult Franchise: The Bedrock Of Democracy
Every year, many students like me turn 18 and cast their vote on the Election Day, fulfilling the most basic action in a democratic society. Voting is a fundamental process that keeps our system of government working. Through elections, citizens have the ability to decide on who represents them in the government, be it a local official, a state or national minister, or the Prime Minister.
Jul 05, 2018