Author: Nanditha Krishnakumar

Bullying is the way in which a person hurts or threatens someone who is physically weaker or less powerful and/or forces them to do something they don’t want to. This problem is one that has existed for as long as we can remember-human nature is such that it is practically commonplace. While several measures have been taken against it, the issue continues to evolve and evade punishment. In its latest installment, bullying has used technology to progress. Let’s understand cyberbullying.. The technology that has come in recent decades has made several things possible that would have been unthinkable. They have allowed…

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On Wednesday morning, the KRI Nanggala-402 vessel, belonging to the Indonesian Navy, went missing about 100 km off the coast of North Bali. It was conducting a torpedo drill at the time, and there were 53 people on board (49 crew members, 3 weapons specialists, and a ship commander). Later, many believed that the Missing Indonesian navy submarine sank. The Navy on Saturday morning found pieces of debris they suspect are from the vessel. This assumption is corroborated by the Navy’s finding of the ship. It had cracked into three parts deep in the ocean on Sunday. The Indonesian government…

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Therapy, or psychotherapy, is a process by which a person attempts to resolve certain problems by meeting with a licensed therapist. These problems include behavioral issues, coping issues, relationship issues etc. that are usually psychological. The basic premise is that all information shared with the therapist is confidential. This gives the individual a certain sense of freedom to talk about their problems. It is better if the therapist is a stranger that the person would not otherwise interact with. This reduces the risk of judgement and conflict. Many believe that attending therapy is indulgent and selfish because it involves the…

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In India, society dictates that a “normal” family consists of a man, a woman and their children. It treats any family that id different from this norm with apprehension. Raising a child is an extremely difficult journey, though rewarding. For single parents, this process is even more grueling as they have to play the role of both parents. This, combined with the social stigma of being a divorcee or a single parent, leaves them struggling to cope at times. Yet, the lifestyle choice of single parenthood is growing more popular in India. What is a Single Parent? What is a…

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During the First World War i.e., 1914-1918, the Ottoman Empire decided to purify the population of their nation. They did so through the deportation and mass killing of around 1.5 million Armenians. The government in the Ottoman at the time was extremely prejudiced against the Armenian community. They brutalized and terrorized the Armenian people living in the nation, forcing them to flee or die. For decades, Armenians have labeled this entire process a genocide. On 24 April 2021, Saturday, President Biden of the United States of America defied Turkey to finally recognise that what happened was indeed a genocide. However,…

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The global film industry is one of the most influential fields. This form of media has the power to influence our perception of the world. It is said that films are a manifestation of the society they are created in. The popular film industry in India is Bollywood. So what does it say about society when discrimination is something that is widespread in this very industry? For decades, the film industries around the world have promoted inequity among its workers. As always, women have been treated as inferior to men. Hollywood is one industry where this problem still persists. However,…

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The United Nation’s Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women defines violence against women as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life”. Domestic violence is a global concern.. Violence against women has been a common occurrence for decades now and shows no sign of elimination. All women today know that it is unsafe to walk outside alone at night. Never mind that it is the…

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Menstruation is a biological process that most women go through every month since they hit puberty. It is a natural thing, and also important since the menstrual cycle prepares the body for possible pregnancy. For several centuries, all over the world, menstruation has remained a taboo subject. Women are made to feel period shame and menstrual cycle for their body’s hormonal changes that cause this release of blood. In the last few decades, women in countries like the US have been able to somewhat normalize this phenomenon. Now, talking about it is not that unacceptable. However, Indian society continues to…

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18 May is celebrated as World AIDS Vaccine Day globally. Observed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), it is a day to enlighten the world about the importance of AIDS vaccine research. It is also a day to show appreciation to all the scientists, health professionals, volunteers and members of society who are working to find a vaccine that is both safe and efficacious. People celebrate this day to understand the importance of knowledge regarding and prevention of HIV/AIDS. The world needs to realize the pressing need for a vaccine. World AIDS Vaccine Day HIV/AIDS HIV…

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Escapism is defined as an attempt to escape the pain of reality by indulging in fantasy. It is a coping mechanism and takes various forms. It basically involves disengaging from reality for some time. While escapism itself is not necessarily bad, there are varieties that can be harmful. And of course, it is unhealthy to remove oneself from reality for a long time. But the lure of fantasy is understandable. Living in a world where everything is done according to one’s wishes, and nothing bad ever happens, is certainly preferable to dismal reality. An escapist is someone who has a…

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