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Catwalks have long been a smile-free zone – well, you can smile at the end when the designer pops up to present you with a bunch of flowers, but during the show, the smile is a no-no.
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The statement ignores the many people with serious mental illnesses who might be on the path towards complete recovery or may show remarkable improvement. 
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The obsession with engineering depicts a frightening trend with parents forcing their kids to crush their dreams and barter passion for money.
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On 24th January, the North Western suburbs of Mumbai saw more than 4000 people take part in events meant to reclaim the streets of Mumbai.
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The CNN-IBN interview of Sunny Leone with Bhupendra Chaubey just reconfirmed the low standards the Indian media has set for itself.
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'World of Equals' – the new bilingual textbook on gender that has been introduced by the South Indian state of Telangana is a long overdue initiative. 
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There is a need to curb political interference in student campuses or there is no guarantee another suicide against discrimination won't occur.
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I am not asking for any special treatment for doctors. All I am asking for is to give us security while we do our jobs.
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10 Dalit safai karamcharis at DU have been on an indefinite sit-in dharna against their unjust and illegal dismissal from work since 1st of January. 
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Renaming of cities/roads can be used to create a healthy discourse on the issue of identity, for us as individuals, members of a community, and as Indians.
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Smriti Irani was in fact right when she said the issue is not 'Dalit vs non-Dalit'! But she was right for all the wrong reasons.
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"An attempt is being made to separate the suicide note from the 'life' of Rohith." - P. Sainath.
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 The dress code is a severe blow to the subversive and liberating power of the Carnival, and might even lead to a reduced tourist turnout. 
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It is time that interventions and measure taken to ensure safety are more inclusive and from a bottom-up approach rather than something that is top-down.
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A personal account of how women submit to spousal abuse and why they shouldn't.
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Women and progressive groups in Egypt are fighting laws that discriminate against women as well as entrenched patriarchal mindsets.
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A student at Jamia Millia Islamia shares his personal experience of a visit to a nearby slum and the stories of people who live there.
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Rohith Vemula's death has started a much-needed debate on caste oppression and our indifference to it.
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Growing up Muslim in West Bengal under the Left regime, the political space was always sanitised of any traces of identity politics.
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Modern democracies, such as the US and India, also have a dark side, involving what some would consider gross human rights violations.
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The journey of a young man from being devout to atheism through reason and introspection traced by a friend.
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Rohith Vemula had to pay the price for holding on to dreams that fuelled not only his political convictions but also his desire to transcend the boundaries of caste.

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