North India to contain Pollution

Written by Vaibhav Yadav

Northern India gears up for pollution control

Global air quality monitoring website has claimed that North India’s air might be the most polluted air in the world as “a thick smog of toxic pollutants” engulfed the surrounding in 2019. Every year after the month of September-October, the stubble burns post-harvest ushers to dreadful instances in Delhi and adjoining states. Extreme cases of stubble firing deteriorate the smog levels and choke Delhi and the surrounding regions. This year too, stubble burning poses a severe threat to pollution levels, air quality, and general public health. The centre and states both are working with utmost diligence and perseverance to tackle the issue in an effective manner.

The farmers and substantial farming tracts of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Punjab are under strict vigilance. Chandigarh and Delhi have already banned the exchange and usage of crackers of all categories with immediate effect. The languishing AQI of Delhi is influencing the well being of netizens. To curb the grave circumstances, the state government is rendering all the imperative arrangements, but the battle can only be conquered with public cooperation. Diwali is around the nooks, which further strikes the issue of firecrackers.

The usage of crackers can make the situation out of control if not embarked correctly. Delhi and its neighbours have already set up a separate commission to regulate stubble burning impacts. The arrest of farmers is making the headlines. North India is handling the situation by making immediate arrests, banning crackers, and monitoring farms. 

Time will depict how the implementation goes and whether it yields satisfactory results or not. For now we can only hope and pray that people residing over there are NOT exposed to hazardous environment.

Pollution: a problem that needs to be taken care of immediately!

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Kamala Devi Harris- an epitome of sheer courage

Written by Vaibhav Yadav

Source: The New York Times

The lady superstar of US Presidential elections has earmarked many achievements under her name. Irrespective of the controversial viewpoints set forward by many, Kamala Devi Harris, a black origin, Indian-American woman, set a new record by becoming the first-ever female Vice President of the US. Her win has stunned people all over the world. The lady who fought as a member of the democratic party has substantiated that dedication and stiff actions are all that you need to carve your name in golden words in the realm. Kamala Devi Harris is also the first South Asian woman to attain this benchmark. Mrs. Kamala is a live example of the fact that women are not confined only to domestic chores. Give them a chance, and they can set worldwide influence quite effortlessly. Kamala Harris is going to be Joe Biden’s partner in running the United States. She has taken the ideology about women politics to a new extent of success. Words are mere expressions of representing her impact. Hitherto, trendsetter Harris was the United States senator from California since 2017. The past track of Harris in the political realm seems to be quite promising. From fighting for the black race to reinforcing education, the lady has stood stiff in all the crucial matters. However, her run as the USA’s vice president will give us a precise picture of her work beliefs and implementation notions. 

The marvellous lady has mightily defeated supreme powers such as Donald Trump and Mike Pence. She will hold the charge as Vice president of the US from January 20, 2021. Her work will impart people with more glimpses of her personality and objectives. We wish Vice President Elect all the very best for her future endeavours!

Source: LiveWire

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Déjà vu

Written by Shivangi Singh

An illness?

You are in a moment and suddenly you have been overwhelmed by a sense of strange ‘familiarity,’ as this happened before. As if you have already seen it, experienced it and then you start feeling strange.

Well, logically that moment had never happened before, but it is your brain that tells you that you have experienced it.

It is said that people have this déjà vu when they are exhausted or overstretched or pressurized because lethargy, distress, and tiredness are connected to most cases of déjà vu.

There are also many movies that have showed déjà vulike Back to the Future Part 2, Before I Fall, Timecrimes, Source Code, Edge of tomorrow, and many more.

What is Déjà vu?

It is a French word which means ‘something which is already seen’. There are also many terms like this:

  • Déjàvécu: already experienced.
  • Déjàsenti: already thought.
  • Déjàvisité: already visited.

It a sure feeling that one has witnessed the situation before. Even though the exact circumstancesare uncertain.

Its Standard Definition: Any inappropriate impression of connectivity of a present experience with an undefined past.

It is like you are with your group of friends at a dinner table with some topic of discussion which is a normal everyday routine, but suddenly you started to feel like this discussion and exact scenario has happened before, like the same friends, same dinner, same topic, in the same way.

Is Deja Vu a collision with the other dimension?

What causes it?

Psychoanalysts say this déjà vuis simply real-lifemake-believe or imagination that you have wished for to become true.

There are many explanationsas to why it happens but there is no definite reason.

So basically, its explanation falls into four major categories:

  1. Dual-processing explanation–this reason assumes that two psychological thoughts that normally operate synchronously may become uncoordinated and stop and out of phase.
  2. Neurological explanation–this explains that déjà vuis caused due to a dysfunction of the nervous system involving either a small seizure or changes in the normal neural transmission.
  3. Memory explanation–it assumes that some feature of the present situation is objectively familiar, but the source of familiarity has been forgotten.
  4. Attentional explanation–initial image under distraction is followed immediately by a second image under full attention. For example, you were sitting in a garden listening to music you are distracted when you are listening to music and suddenly you paid attention to the scene in the garden and felt like it has happened before.

Neuroscience behind déjà vu:

There is apart in your brain where memory is stored, and that area is called the temporal lobe. It is known for storing long-term memories, events, and facts. It has yet not been proven that déjà vuis connected to the temporal lobe but there is some evidence that makes scientists believe this.

There is a condition called temporal lobe epilepsy where the neural cell activity is disturbed and causes seizures. People with this condition experience déjà vu right before the seizure. This forms a connection between the memory and déjà vu.

Yes, déjà vu can become something serious:

A focal seizure is a type of seizure that is very hard to recognize because you remain conscious throughout. It may look like a person is staring at something or having a daydream. But the person having these focal seizures can experience an intense feeling of déjà vu.

Is Deja Vu a symbol that points at something serious?

These focal seizures with the feeling of déjà vu are also carried with:

  • Muscle spasm.
  • A feeling of smell, taste, hear, touch, vision of something which is not actually present or not real.
  • A sudden extreme level of happiness, sadness, anger, or nausea.
  • An unexpected feeling of a seizure which is about to occur, called an aura.

Although people face déjà vu as a normal experience, still there is no proper explanation of this phenomenon.The temporal lobe may be one of the reasons of the brain from where déjà vu can be triggered.Researchers are still trying to figure out the reason behind déjà vu.

But, at anytime if you suspect that déjà vu is getting worse then consult a doctor as it may be a sign of epilepsy.

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This anomaly deserves our attention!


Written by Shivangi Singh


What is cyberbullying?

When a child or teen or any other person is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed, or otherwise targeted by another person using the Internet, interactive or digital technologies,or cell phones.

What makes cyberbullying so threatening… is that anyone can do it without having to confront the victim.

There are basically two types of cyberbullying:

  • Direct Attacks – messages directly to the victim.
  • Instant Messaging
  • Text Messaging
  • Blogs
  • Websites
  • Emailing Pictures
  • Stealing Passwords
  • Hacking or sending spyware
  • Cyber Bullying by Proxy – using someone else to cyberbully a victim, this proxy may know they are cyberbullying,and they may not.
  • Someone elsedoes this work for the bully.
  • Bullies may hack into the victim’s account or steal their password.
  • This is the most dangerous form of bullying because not only the bully and victim are involved but other people are involved as well.

Why do people bully someone?

  • Anger
  • Frustration
  • Revenge
  • Entertainment (The most unreasonable one)
  • To get laughs and reactions
  • Hunger for power and domination
Support the victims of bullying

Some facts regarding cyberbullying:

  • 1 in every 4 kids has been bullied more than once in their lifetime.
  • India ranks at number 3 in the list of online bullying cases conducted by Microsoft in 2012.
  • Usage of mobile phones by almost 80% of teens makes it a common mode for bullying.
  • 90% of the people try avoiding any steps towards bully because they think they have more power while only a few of them take steps.
  • Girls are more preferred victims of cyber bullying than men.
  • People who have suffered cyberbullying are 2 to 9 percent more vulnerable to committing suicide.

How can cyberbullying affect the victim:

  • It can cause anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress-related disorders
  • Suicidal tendencies
  • Withdrawal from family and family activities
  • Changed in mood, behavior, and appetite
  • Emotional distress

How to stop cyberbullying:

  • Do not respond –sometimes all the culpritswant is attention and reaction. Not responding the best way to disconnect yourself from the situation and distract the person who is bullying you. If the problem persists you can consult famous cybercrime lawyers and law enforcement agencies for your protection.
  • Keep the evidence safe –this is the positive side of the victim in cyberbullying is that they can capture the evidence that they are fallen as the prey for cyberbullying.
  • Reach out for help –when the bullying is getting out of control reach out to cyber crime India lawyers and they will not only advise you but also help you come out of the situation of cyberbullying.
  • Use technology –either report the person or block the person on every social media handles. This may not end the problem every time but sometimes it may work.
  • Keep your social profile and interaction safe –social media has become a gift in everyone’s life these days but before posting or interacting with people keep few points in mind:
  • Always think before you post.
  • Being kind to others may help to keep you safe.
  • Do not post anything that could embarrass anyone.
  • You had your privacy in your hands, so think about that who all are the people that are visiting your posts.
  • Do not open any link or attachments sent by an unknown person.
  • Stop downloading media from not legally approved apps.
Raise your voice against this!

How parents can help:

  • Talk to your child about what is happening and try to get a clear picture of what your child is going through.
  • Keep your computers in a viewable place.
  • Sit and explain about cyberbullying to your children.
  • Teach ‘Netiquette’ to your children.
  • Do not give more access to laptops, mobile phones, or computers to young children.

Cyberbullying laws in India:

  • Section 67 of the Information Technology Act –prescribes punishment for publishing obscene material in electronic form. It gives punishment which can extend up to five years with fine which may extend to 10 lakh rupees.
  • Section 50 IPC – This states that if anyone receives terrorizing or threatening communications then the person shall be punished with imprisonment for up to two years.
  • Section 66 E of IT Act – this states the punishment for the violation of privacy. Any person who violates anyone’s privacy intentionally by capturing or publishing private pictures of others shall be punished with imprisonment up to three years or a fine up to three lakhs.

Cyberbullying may be common, but it needs to be stopped. This problem has a significant magnitude. With the advancement in technology, in the coming years,attention to cyberbullying would become critical. Let us discuss today and come up with a solution to stop it.

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The Tanishq Ad Controversy

Written by Mansi Yadav

Was this fair?

The Preamble to the India’s Constitution declares India to be a sovereign, socialist, democratic republic, and a secular country (more emphasis on secular). Why is the Preamble being reminded again? The reason is linked to the topic and is pretty much evident. So, let’s start!

On 9th October 2020, the Titan group’s Tanishq Jewellery launched an advertisement that featured an interfaith marriage couple. The ad revolves around the baby shower ceremony of a Hindu woman. She seems surprised as this custom isn’t a part of their tradition and asks her Muslim mother-in-law the reason behind this ceremony’s conduction.

Her Muslim mother in law smiles and says, “But keeping daughters happy is a custom of every house, right?” This line took away the woman’s heart. The advertisement celebrates Tanishq’s new collection: Ekatvam, i.e., the beauty of oneness, and it ends on a beautiful note that if we are united, we can achieve anything. 

The advertisement is a beautifully constructed concept which promotes unity and brotherhood among the two religions. 

Table of Contents

  1. So, the question is, why #BoycottTanishq was trending on Twitter in the last few days?
  2. What is Love-Jihad?
  3. Let’s not just get biased and see two sides of the coin first
  4. Have a look at the tweets made by the Indian audience

So, the question is, why #BoycottTanishq was trending on Twitter in the last few days?

This ad has been viewed from a completely different perspective by the Indian audience. People find this ad promoting love-jihad. 

What is Love-Jihad? 

It is an Islamophobic conspiracy theory that allegedly says that Muslim men target women belonging to non- Muslim communities for conversion to Islam by faking love. 

The plot of the advertisement line, which is explained right now, is it anywhere near to the concept of Love Jihad?

Was Tanishq really promoting ‘LOVE JIHAD.’ Let’s not just get biased and see two sides of the coin first. 

Starting from people who are against this ad. Many people, including the Bollywood Celebrity Kangana Ranaut, came out on Twitter and criticized the ad and the brand. She claimed that the ad promoted Sexism and Love Jihad.  Also, Kangana called the brand ‘creative terrorists.’ Is it justified? She is using Hindu-Muslim agendas to get into politics. First, she boycotted her industry and now she is spreading hatred towards this brand.

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While on the other side, Shashi Tharoor stoops up in favour of the brand. After people started the #BoycottTanishq, he suggested boycott the most prominent symbol of Hindu-Muslim unity, i.e., the Indian country itself!  

Shashi Tharoor penned down a few words

Have a look at the tweets made by the Indian audience regarding Tanishq.

Indians have a lot to say about the Tanishq advertisement
An unfair outlook?
An impediment to harmony?

People eradicated the real concept of secularism by comparing the advertisement with Love Jihad and terrorism. Many advertising bodies later came out in support of the brand and demanded freedom of commercial expression. 

Have a look at what the IAA has to say
There has been an uproar regarding freedom of advertisement

It’s so shameful to see an advertisement being taken down due to communal issues.

What’s your view on this whole issue?

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