After the historic lockdown, our economy has been seriously affected, and GDP underwent a dip. Unfortunately, COVID-19 cases are still rising, with over 92,000 lives already lost. Amidst such serious issues, the country is witnessing large scale protests over the recent bills passed in the parliament. Such objections suggest crucial communication voids between various federal…
Chandrayaan-2: Spirit, Science and Success
“We need affordable space travel to inspire our youth to let them know that they can experience their dreams, can set significant goals and be in a position to lead all of us to future progress in exploration, discovery and fun.” Says Burt Rutan, an American aerospace engineer. Right from Neil Armstrong’s stepping on the…
The Kafkaesque World of News
The quintessential lyrics of the famous Seattle band ‘Alice in Chains’ in their song “Man in the box” describe how our eyes have been sewn shut by media to feed up our hunger for knowledge. True enough, information has become a euphemism for propaganda. Irrespective of the pill we choose, red or blue, we do…
Article 370 – The Blot On The Indian Constitution
The abrogation of Article 370 by the Govt. of India has been a burning topic off late. In this article, we’ll look into what was Article 370, what were its implications, why it was abrogated and how it was abrogated. Also, we’ll look into what differences would it cause in the geopolitical situation of the…
Automating Away Our Future
President Trump’s Election in 2016 redefined the political landscape of the United States and has had ripple effects affecting other developed nations around the globe. A lot of people on the left wonder how a person so unqualified and unfit for office could have been elected in the country which had just witnessed two terms…
The Indian Non Alignment Movement
Non-alignment being a new concept acted as a catalyst to the third world countries struggling for independence from colonialism and showed great solidarity towards them.Read this post to gain insights into the movement that shaped our foreign policy,submitted by Anshuman Mishra, a guest writer for the BITSMUN society.
Do Educational Institutions have a Social Responsibility? By Dr Shashank Shah
An interesting initiative to create awareness towards a greater sense of purpose and societal sensitivity in management students, and to gain their lifelong commitment towards it, was the creation of a ‘Hippocratic Oath for Managers’, which would serve as a professional credo for MBA graduates. Professor Rakesh Khurana, Dean, Harvard College, and Professor Nitin Nohria, Dean, Harvard Business School, suggested that like the Hippocratic Oath for doctors or the oaths that attorneys take to be admitted to the bar, a management oath would outline values and ideals to which managers should commit themselves.
Read this guest blogpost by Dr. Shashank Shah,Fellow’17 Harvard University to know more.
European Migrant Crisis
Continuous wars and political unrest have forced refugees and migrants in the Middle East and Southeast Asia to flee the turmoil in their homelands towards safer European shores, undertaking treacherous journeys from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Egypt. Almost 90 % of refugees and migrants have paid organised criminals and people smugglers to get them across borders.
Read this blog by Utkarsh Gupta
to know more.
Naxalism and the Indian State
To understand the origins of Naxalism and the political mechanisms behind it, we must understand the history of Communism and Communist parties in India. The Communist Party of India (CPI) was founded on December 26, 1925. The Great October Socialist Revolution inspired the founders of the CPI. In 1963, the CPI had split into two factions with the newer one being called the Communist Party of India (Marxist), or CPM.
An appeal to young voters
Hyper-Nationalism under the guise of patriotism is thrust down our throats like a civil duty in this nation.Instead we should be promoting voting as the apogee of civil duty.10 minutes of research for the candidates up for polls in your constituency is all that is required. Read up on their agendas, views, ideologies, income and criminal records and don’t vote solely on partisan lines or the projected lead candidate.
Read this guest blogpost by Ayush Yadav to know more.
AT CROSSROADS: HIGHERGOALS OR HIRED HANDS?- Dr. Shashank Shah
In the last decade, some over-greedy mortgage brokers, profit-chasing banks and financial institutions in the United States of America triggered the global financial crisis which exploded into a worldwide economic meltdown. The brokers lured high-risk buyers with poor or no credit history into accepting housing mortgages, and the financial institutions packaged these high-risk debts into Collateral Debt Obligations (CDOs) and sold them to unsuspecting investors across the world, many of them being retired employees who unknowingly invested their life’s savings in these toxic securities, and ended up losing all of it.
Read this guest blogpost by Dr. Shashank Shah, Business Author and Strategist to know more.
The Kota Quota
Over thirteen lakh students appear for the JEE every year, out of which only 10,000 make the cut after advanced. That’s a success rate of only 0.7%. According to East India Comedy’s news sketch show ‘EIC Outrage’, “You have a better chance of Emma Watson swiping right on your tinder than you have of making it to an IIT.”
Read this article by Rohan Kapur to know more.
Tea Parties and a Pinch of Salt:The Anatomy of Protests that shook the world
Excerpt: “ChangeforChange is our tea party,
We beam with pride in the ‘March of Lights’ afterglow,
The one thing that we must not forget is that, like all successful protests,
The key is to Never Let Go”.
Do read this poem by Chitranjan Jain.
M&M’s: The Nemeses of PSU Banks
Excerpt: The tale of M&M’s is the tale of two scamsters who swindled public money and outsmarted the Indian PSU Banks.
Do read this poem by Chitranjan Jain.
A systematic analysis of the political situation in Venezuela
A humanitarian crisis can be defined as “an event or series of events that represents a critical threat to the health, safety, security, or wellbeing of a community or other large group of people, usually over a wide area”. By virtue of mentioning this definition, we might associate it to the situation of our region…
More Than Leaders: The Systematic Practice of Cult Worship in Indian Politics
There is a conscious effort to create a binary narrative just before the elections. What transcends common logic is: how can complex national and international issues be reduced to a dichotomous discourse? In the wake of the 1971 war, Indian politics was changed forever. What had been the image of a topi-clad Gandhian leader was…
The Rise of Populism
In stark contrast to the increasing globalisation and liberalisation of the 1990s, the world has witnessed a sudden and rather an aggressive resurgence of nationalist populism in recent times. Look anywhere in the world and you witness populists delivering resounding political victories over deeply entrenched and traditional parties and ideas. The triumph of the so-called…
EVMs- Are they vulnerable?
Leaders of 22 political parties met the Election Commission, on 21 May 2019, and submitted a memorandum asking that the verification of the VVPAT slips of randomly identified polling stations should be done prior to the initiation of counting of votes and not after the completion of the last round of counting. The opposition parties…