Friday, 20 April 2018

Rape Beyond Rape: Don't sermon girls - teach our boys to respect women! Writes Nidhi




Have you ever witnessed a rape beyond a rape? In the wake of the recent Kathua rape case (which, by all means, was no rape at all), we have to understand when rape moves beyond its periphery and hounds the victims and even more, hounds every girl who comes to know about the heinous crimes. Without going into the merits of the ghastly crime against a child, Nidhi writes the other side of the story which has become a 'suffix' to such kind of crimes as 'post-crime' protests and off. 

I happened to talk to someone today who shared an incident. It was about someone's reaction to this recent gory incident of rape of a minor girl on social media where they tried to pick up the issue of religion over this shameful act.

I ask those people a direct question, if they don't take a stand on this issue, are they having an assurance of the safety of their children in India. I understand to say this, they must have gone through something really terrible but isn't it true that "an eye for an eye, will make the whole nation blind." We have to put an end to this somewhere, somehow. 

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Secularism, Media, Intolerance, Politics - the helpless nation



For God sake! What has gone wrong with our media today? The fourth pillar has fallen on its knees and has succumbed to the new definition of the much-debated term 'secularism'. For some, secularism is something which is nothing other than naming and shaming just one religion and trying so hard to defend even the worst and indefensible cases of extremism in other religions' ambit and we are witnessing it every now and then without a pause, ceaseless and over the years. We have been reading the 'journalism' by anoetic reporters for these 3-4 years without even the verification of the facts which is the basic rule that every journalism student has to learn during the days of study. What has gone wrong? Why is our media so anxious? Why has the term 'secularism' pierced the hearts of many? Today, the country seeks answers and we know we have none! We all know that there is some problem but we all know as well that there is no arcana which could provide relief at this hour of 'intolerance'. 

Friday, 19 January 2018

Newton Movie - Naxalism - Propaganda - Freedom of Expression



Recently I saw the much-talked-about movie Newton which also represented the case of India at academy awards previous year. Let me say at the outset of anything else I say, the movie was fantastic and it is just way ahead of the Indian cinema! Acting by the lead characters Rajkumar Rao and Pankaj Tripathi has been awesome and I can bet that no Khan from the Bollywood could have made this movie the movie it has become! Newton was fantastic! 

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Why India needs to play on fast pitches? Opinion



I still remember the advertisements on the TV prior to the series against South Africa on their domestic pitches that we will avenge the 25 years of humiliation against them this time because the team that has gone to play is number one with an aggressive attitude and a much aggressive captain. However, what has happened until now is just opposite to that - we have been humiliated yet again and nowhere in both the lost test matches we could even give the South Africans a lion's fight - we were the cubs throughout, admit it! 

Monday, 8 January 2018

Nationalist vs anti-national: The Debate & the Drama



Even the nation! This is a sorry state in the country that even the nation has not remained untouched of the petty politics that the politicians in the opposition and the ruling party play. Leave aside the marginalised and historical left parties in India who are biting the dust as some pages torn and thrown of a notebook which is no longer useful, even the mainstream parties like Congress and the BJP are also not sparing the nation. The intense debates that we are regularly mock-participating on the news channels and the horrendous opinions that we get to read in the national 'reputed' newspapers every day are leading us nowhere - as a nation, we just stand divided - pro or against - in the terms of politics, it might be a good case but in the terms of a nation, we are certainly not marching in a right direction! 

Friday, 5 January 2018

Jobs and Setters - the problem of employment in Bihar

The Nitish Kumar led Bihar Government which also boasts the allies like RVP and SuMo, to me, has failed to impress because I can still see the same Bihar which was once the trademark of illness and lawlessness in the country when a lampoon and thug like Lalu Yadav was the chief minister of the state - what have you done so far, Nitish ji? 

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

How IIJNM is grooming future journalists - an insider account




Since the foundation of IIJNM in 2001, an institute of journalism in Bangalore, it has been shaping the journalists of modern India. With the changing contours of the definition of media and journalism in the country and the world, the aspirants have to understand the advances that the industry has made over the years and most of the institutes often lack that 'modernist' approach in their curriculum as well as aptitude. IIJNM, however, has been proactive in this regard from the very beginning. The faculty members always take care of the relevance of what they are offering to their students and their practicals always enlist the activities which help the students getting an account of the present-day media functions.