How Are Our Cities Managing Waste?

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has brought about a behavioural change in people. But just throwing the trash in the bin is not sufficient. It is first step in the process of waste management. Metro cities in India have a waste management problem. The collected trash ends on roads and landfills. It is time for ULBs in metro cities to pull up their socks!

Critique's Zone

American Exceptionalism Is A Continuation of Colonial Mindset

Decolonisation as a concept has succeded only on the map. However, it has failed to materialise as a concept in thinking, ideology and policy. The past colonial powers and America the force that shaped the fate of the world wars continued to exploit other nations and shape their destiny. Post the second world war, the US with its stature in geopolitics took on the mantle of colonialism as an extension of foreign policy.

International, Politik-ing!

Nero’s Guests Keeping The Farmers Downtrodden

The agriculture sector in India missed the bus in 1991. It has made it hard for the Indian farmer to compete in the global market. The polices adopted by global bodies, the decisions taken by the governments only make the situation worse and the media barely covers it. P Sainath likens the people involved in the process to Nero's Guests. This write up is a gist of the various facets of the agricultural distress covered in the documentary. Cover Image Source: Mint

News Around The World

Urban Public Transportation Slowly Descending Into A Monopoly

The urban public transport system is a neglected area. Despite advances in the transportation sector, governments have not upgraded urban transport systems and infrastructure. How is this affecting people? How has the neglect led to the creation of monopolies. Cover Pic: Island Press

People and Society

What is Body Shaming?

The post was first published on Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham. It is a mental health awareness initiative.

The post deals with the issue of body shaming. People have been at the receiving end of nasty comments and bullying for the way they are. But how do combat it? Have a read to get your answers.

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A lot of body shaming is disguised as unsolicited advice and comments.

‘Hey, you look too skinny!’

‘Look at her. She is so dark.

’‘Looking at you, it does not seem you are so and so old’.

‘You should go on a diet.’

Most of the time such statements are off the cuff and innocuous. They are made in jest in conversations, or out of concern. Alongside it, there are instances where people are deliberately shamed. The former is subtle, and the latter is vicious. Both contribute to creating an unhealthy view of an individual within their own mental space.

Acceptance is a difficult proposition to the victims of body shaming. Insecure about themselves, they search for normalcy in external behavior patterns, physical structure and body language of strangers. Later in solitude they stand in front of mirrors and project their insecurities on to the observed behaviors and body language…

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