Rithvik

Fight to Flight

In one of my earliest memories of my mother, I lay with my head on her lap. It is a child’s memory, distorted by time, but I think she is singing me a lullaby. Gazing into the glowing stars and galaxies that adorn the walls of my room, I know of all that could be. This memory was precious to me growing up, as my relationship with my mother was strained. Her fits of rage would plummet the house into disarray. She would leave, and we wouldn’t see her for days. Once, she didn’t come back for three and a half years. This made a boy of ten question if he was good enough. I told my friends she was away, working in another city, because that was what I wanted to believe. She was my mother. I could never give up on her.

July 9th 2015

It was 8:15 in the morning. The sky was a pale shade of blue that occurs only before a shower. The smell of wet earth that accompanies rain was in the air but on this day the clouds seemed reluctant to shed their weight anytime soon. So the weather stayed just perfect. I started down a cobbled stone path descending towards the perfectly white building at the end. The path was blanketed with moss and dew which seemed too beautiful and slick to be safe. In the end the moss gave way to mud which seemed an odd little thing in front of the perfectly white building. Inside were what seemed like endless shelves of reinforced steel doors 3 feet by 3 feet in size. The steel cold doors seemed to guard their secrets intently as we walked down the aisle to drawer number 16, which housed the body of the person I used to call ‘mother’.

Survey Analysis Report: Smartphone Use in Rai District of Haryana

A survey was conducted in Rai District of Sonipat, Haryana, in order to understand the details about the role of smartphones in the consumption of news, propaganda, and other information. 300 individuals were recruited from 4 villages in Rai district for one-on-one in-person interviews. The results indicated that penetration of smartphone usage was high, but gender and caste-based inequality showed in the response bias. T.V and newspaper still dominated over smartphones as a source for news. There was significant awareness among the population about the presence of fake news but there existed a general apathy/ resignation with regard to fact-checking. A few case studies also reveal the certain unquantifiable findings.

Content Analysis: Press Coverage over Abrogation of Article 370

This paper attempts to understand the differences in coverage of the Kashmir issue by APP and China Daily through a content analysis of the same. Comparing state-run news agencies would provide valuable insight into how these media houses reflect foreign policy stances of either country and their attempts at propaganda. This paper will also look at the tone of the reportage, and also the key themes that come up in either.

Book Review: Strangers of the Mist by Sanjoy Hazarika

Hazarika’s academic work on the North East reflects his background in journalism, human rights activism and his lived experiences as a citizen of this region. Although it was written in 1994, this book remains one of the most important pieces of literature on the region and has shaped much of the discourse. It is interesting to revisit it in the context of the controversy surrounding the updating of the National Register of Citizens in Assam. The question of who can be considered an Indian echoes the sentiments behind many of the nationalist rebellions in the region.

U.S Military Intervention in Iraq

This paper is an analysis of the war split into three sections. The first looks to place the Iraq War and its initial objectives within the various theoretical frameworks about interventions. The second section synthesizes existing literature to analyze three major ground realities that the U.S administration ignored while assessing a post-Saddam Iraq. The last section makes a case for three major consequences of the intervention, with regards to the current state of world affairs. By doing so, this paper aims to understand why the U.S intervened and who stood to benefit from it turning into an all-out war.

Evolutionary Cognition of Religion

Is religious belief & behaviour an evolutionary adaptation? Or is it an incidental by-product of the development of certain cognitive functions of the brain that possibly had non-religious evolutionary purposes. This paper looks at existing research in the field of Evolutionary Psychology and Neuroscience to answer this question.

Feminism, Human Rights and Bioethics

This paper aims to discuss the process by which feminism has challenged and reconceptualised the limited notions of human rights. Critique of the male-centric nature of human rights and the imagined insularity of the public and private spheres is evidenced through the debate surrounding abortion and physician-assisted suicide.

Divisive Identities in Post-Colonial Sri Lanka

Western imports such as the nation state, representative democracies and the idea of sovereignty played a huge role in perpetuating divisive identities in post-independence Sri Lanka. By ascertaining the role of colonialism in Sri Lanka’s ethnic conflict, this paper emphasizes the need to decolonize the region and builds a case for further research exploring non-western solutions to the ethnic divide.