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Time for societal therapy?
Once content to work hard behind the scenes, civil society has been pushed to the wall and has no choice but to assert that its actions and struggles for a more participatory democracy are responsible for almost every lasting transformative change in Indian society.
Amid the controversy of how Africans residing in India are often victims of racism, 101 India, an online youth-focused content portal, has put out a timely and informative video about India’s African...
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The streets of the national capital are witnessing a silent revolution, one stroke at a time. Now in its 4th edition the Street Art Festival (organised by ST +Art India) is a collaborative effort of artists from all around the world to bring art in the public domain. They are trying to change the urban landscape by creating life-size installations in public spaces.
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After nearly seven decades of an onerous struggle, India as a nation knows well that you pay dearly for being a perennial laggard; on the other hand, the incentives of integrating with a globalised world are immense, and one need only look at the rise of the Asian tigers to confirm this undeniable fact. Unfortunately, the Muslims of India are stuck with an anachronistic world view, still unable to overcome the stranglehold orthodoxy.
Having worked in the education sector for the past three years, I've come up against many issues that need urgent fixing. However, I've encountered many promising stories of change as well. My experiences have taught me that if children deeply understand social issues and decide to take charge, they can not only influence their own lives but also create a tremendous positive impact within their communities.
Ours is a society with many contradictions. While we aspire to have a better life and environment, we try to insulate ourselves from the problems around us. We protect our children from social issues instead of letting them take charge and look for solutions. The result is children growing up disconnected from our harsh social reality. Here are a few compelling reasons to expose children to social issues and let them lead the change.
Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 (amended) states that a man is said to have committed rape, if he does any of the intrusive sexual acts as enlisted in Section 375, with a girl below 18 years of age, with or without her consent. However, Exception 2 of the same Section provides that sexual intercourse by a man with his own wife, the wife not being under fifteen years of age, is not rape!