The Swachh Bharat campaign, admirable though it is, imagines that it can sweep the plastic away from public places. But where to? The city dump yards have been full for many years now, our villages are the new dump yards.
When Sabyasachi stated that Indian women who don't know how to wear saris should be ashamed of themselves, he didn't explicitly state that Indian women should wear saris at all times. But to burden them with a compulsion is unfair.
We are living at a time when one wonders if an opinion is even an opinion if it doesn’t offend someone! The ‘topics that hurt’ range from something as inane as Snapchat dogfilters to something as intense as Padmavati. Deepika Padukone’s nose can smell the smog of intolerance, literally.
Google's annual list of most-searched people included many men, but the reasons for their making the list really has another story to tell - that this year has actually been of the survivors, the women, the victims who have spoken up and supported each other.
Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli are now officially Virushka (or would they prefer Korma?), but the partnership made in heaven still has to address some very tough questions - from what was served at the wedding to honeymoon destination, the inquisition will last a while. Just don’t take it too seriously!
The title, TIME Person of the Year, irrespective of its decision to remain gender-neutral, has ended up time and again privileging and acknowledging men in positions of power. It is only the eighth time in the title’s 89 years of existence that women made it to the cover.
By naming 'The Silence Breakers' of the #MeToo movement as the Person of the Year for 2017, Time magazine has put the spotlight on how two simple words brought about a huge wave of awareness across the globe.
Javed Akhtar tweeted out a tribute on the demise of Thumri singer Girija Devi, with an 'autocorrect' typo, but the poet-lyricist was incessantly trolled even after he apologised. When will this culture of 'trolling just for the heck of it' really end?
By no longer being isolated narratives, the hashtag #MeToo and the stories of sexual abuse have created a comforting and reassuring solidarity among the survivors and have also propelled some perpetrators to ‘speak up’. The movement, however, is not passing judgement but is merely creating a space for conversation.
It’s just sad, the desperate attempt to get attention, in whatever form. The Internet is a powerful medium, but with great power comes with great responsibility, and we must put it to good use. It’s also a bit scary that an unthinking mass of shrill folk can be summoned for just about anything.
Black, overall, stands for negativity or, at best, creates an air of mystery. So, whether it’s a black or “evil” heart, black magic, Black Friday or just dark despair, black, defined as the absence of light, is rarely a harbinger of joy.