The Weekend Specials

TV Shows & Starters Borgen For someone who lives on political dramas, I am surprised I haven’t recommended this yet. Borgen is a Danish drama that focuses on the lives of the first female PM, her family, her spin doctor, and a young ambitious journalist. Think House of Cards but less dirty and more riveting….

A Tale of Three Countries

If you ever thought, in a momentary brainfart perhaps, that misogyny is completely made up and a figment of people’s imaginations, then this past week offered up some reassurance that despite it being the 21st century, women are still treated as secondary citizens. What’s more, even famous women are subject to the same level of…

The Weekend Specials

Podcasts & Appetisers Revolutions (Mike Duncan) I might be late to the party, but I am here to stay. I had heard of the History of Rome podcast, which shot Mike Duncan to fame, but it was Revolutions that got me interested. I’m still on the first season, which takes us from Charles I’s ascendancy…

The Weekend Specials

Web Series & Starters Lauren (WIGS Youtube Channel) The WIGS Youtube channel tells stories about the lives of women, from a series that centres around a woman struggling with postpartum depression to one who is exploring speed dating to a short film on abortion. Lauren is about a young woman soldier who reports her gang-rape by…

The Problem With The ‘Hashtag Revolution’

A few weeks back, a friend and I engaged in one of those good old-fashioned, all-too-rare-in-this-day-and-age things called a conversation. It was good to put my phone, laptop, iPad and other assorted technology down for a few minutes to get the 21st century equivalent of exercise: talking to other people. However, the subtle effects of…

What Facebook’s Campaign for Internet.org is Not Telling You

I’d like to address a misleading petition being carried by change.org, curiously, perhaps tactically, invoking the hashtags ‘connectindia’ and ‘connecttheworld’, but estranging the campaign header from the infamous ‘Internet.org’ initiative, currently under fire in India’s public sphere. The campaign simply makes the case for closing the digital divide and empowering the digital have-nots towards universal…

South-South Co-operation: An Analysis

The concept of South-South Co-operation (SSC) developed during the period of decolonisation and crystallised with the Bandung Conference and the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). This group of newly independent countries (NICs), who had been long suppressed by their colonial rulers, emerged as a third bloc between the two hegemonic American and Russian blocs. The journey of…