Marital Rape is Still Legal in India!

Marital Rape is Still Legal in India!

Women’s issues have never really stirred the governments in India. We’ve had a woman Prime Minister, a woman President, women Governors, Chief-Ministers, Education and Foreign Ministers; IPS, IAS and IRS Officers, but to what effect?

From the reality show judges with a penny’s worth of brain to actual rocket scientists from ISRO, everyone has shouted the deplorable condition of a woman in India, and yet the State hardly lifted a finger. And every government since 1947 is equally to blame. Continue reading “Marital Rape is Still Legal in India!”

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Highlights of the Union Budget 2016

Highlights of the Union Budget 2016

This post first appeared on ClearTax

Major Updates

Substantial Relief for Low-Income EarnersPeople earning less than 5 lacs in annual income will see relief thanks to an increased tax rebate of Rs.5000. This rebate will be extended under Section 87A.

Continue reading “Highlights of the Union Budget 2016”

The Connection Between Apple, FBI and Jat Reservation

The Connection Between Apple, FBI and Jat Reservation

The section of the post about Apple and FBI first appeared on the Quartz Daily Brief. I highly recommend signing up for it.


Apple’s battle with the FBI is being talked about as a defining moment for privacy. And it is. But the real reason why is obscured by both sides’ rhetoric. Continue reading “The Connection Between Apple, FBI and Jat Reservation”

Everything You Need to Know About the JNU Incident

Everything You Need to Know About the JNU Incident

Ravish Kumar opened his Prime Time show with an insightful view on Nationalism. Translated from Hindi and summarised, that sentiment would be:

A person who has never read about it or is oblivious to the concept, claims to know everything about it.

Indeed, this view aptly reflects the present chaos on nationalism in the country. Continue reading “Everything You Need to Know About the JNU Incident”

Santa-Banta: Could they die?

Santa-Banta: Could they die?

It’s a scary prospect to consider — the death of a beloved fictional character. However, in case of Santa-Banta, it may happen. More than 5000 websites, print and other media publishing jokes on Santa-Banta could be banned!

The news comes following the report that the Supreme Court of India has accepted a public interest litigation (PIL) which seeks a ban on jokes on the Sikh (Sardars) community. Continue reading “Santa-Banta: Could they die?”

TRAI Rules in Favour of Net Neutrality

TRAI Rules in Favour of Net Neutrality

After a long and hard-fought battle between the telcos and a very vocal online community, a decision has finally been made on the issue of net neutrality.

TRAI has ruled against differential pricing for data services in a major support to Net Neutrality. The ruling can be seen as a blow to Facebook’s Free Basics, Airtel Zero and other similar data services which offered access to some websites and content for free. Continue reading “TRAI Rules in Favour of Net Neutrality”