written by — Mangala Singh

“Censorship is to art as lynching is to justice.”

― Henry Louis Gates Jr

On 25th February, the government announced the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 at a press conference in the presence of Mr. Prakash Javedkar (Minister for Information and Broadcasting) and Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad (Minister for Electronics and Information Technology). These new rules broadly deal with the regulation of social media, over-the-top (OTT) platforms and digital media.

These guidelines aim to ensure that the users of the aforementioned websites are compliant with domestic laws of India…


-Written by Hrithik Raj Gupta

India is one of the world’s largest vaccine manufacturers. It currently has two clinically safe and effective vaccines against COVID-19. But India is still lagging in vaccinating a significant part of its population. India has only administered 5.51 doses per 100 people as of 3rd April, whereas the USA has administered 48.35 doses, China 9.3, and Israel 116.36 doses. It is not like India does not have experience of mass inoculation campaigns. India’s vaccination against Polio and Smallpox was universally praised. Due to these campaigns, India has some of the highest approval ratings for vaccines.


-written by Sudeep Puspa Kumar

In this year’s Union budget article, we lay out the forecasts and figures of the Union Budget for the fiscal year 2021–22, as presented in the parliament by the Hon. Minister for finance. We will seek to highlight the revenue and expenditure items and the projections for the Indian economy as laid down in the budget. …


The year 2020, was one of a kind for the Legislative force of the country. With the pandemic adversely affecting numerous sectors throughout the country, it managed to cut short the initial two Budget as well as monsoon sessions of the parliament, while the winter session was cancelled altogether.

Keeping the inhibitions at bay, the fewer days of work at the Parliamentary houses in Delhi gave way to some new acts and amendments this year. The major ones among them are as follows:

Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020


-written by Uday Mittal

Nepal’s Prime Minister K. P. Sharma Oli

Prime Minister of Nepal K. P. Sharma Oli tweeted on 13 July 2020 midnight that India is portraying a fake Ayodhya. The true Ayodhya is in Nepal. Lord Ram was a Nepali, not an Indian, and he married the Nepali girl Lord Sita of Mithila. According to KP Oli, Lord Ram was born in Thori in Southern Nepal.

The above statement came after many days of Oli’s claim on three districts of India, namely, Kalapani, Lipulekh, and Limpiyadhura. It is known that Nepal is continuously under the influence of China, due to which Nepal has shown…


-documented by Shivam Singh

The discussion took place on 5th July was on Data Privacy started with the discussion on Personal Data Protection Bill which was introduced by Hon’ble Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, last year. Our discussion stressed on the caveats, loopholes and the capability of the Indian Government to implement that.

The PDP Bill which was introduced on 11 December 2019 protect the personal data of individuals and provide the Data Protection Authority for the same. The bill governs the processing of personal data by:

  1. Government
  2. Companies incorporated in India
  3. Foreign companies dealing with personal data of individuals.

It…


-written by Ishaan Sarna

Trump and Modi embrace while delivering joint statements in the Rose Garden in June of 2017

“Thank you, my friend. America loves India,” President Trump tweeted, responding to PM Modi’s independence day wishes. Three days later, Trump administration asked all international students who are to attend fully online classes to leave the country, forcing out thousands of Indians studying in the United States.

After independence, Indians have long looked west as an avenue to grow their careers, prestigious US universities have enamoured our students. H1B is a critical element that has reliably fulfilled these aspirations.

The US under Trump has pursued an America First policy that looks to weaken H1B and consequently…


-written by Hrishabh Sehrawat

In 2015, in the aftermath of the 2015 Nepal earthquake disaster, India was the first nation to run to its ally and give a shoulder of support to the closest of its neighbour. This showed both India’s neighbour-first policy and the proximity India shared with Nepal. Turn a page in this friendship and you’ll see both India and Nepal bickering over Kalapani, a small piece of land claimed both by India and Nepal, and controlled by India to such an extent that Nepal had to redraw its map leading to further tensions between the two nations…


-Sahil Choudhary

Why does the Prime Minister make major announcements at 8 PM, how does it benefit him and how does it affect India?

DEMONETISATION

At 8 PM on 8 November 2016 India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi appeared on National TV and declared that currency notes of Rupees 500 and 1000 will no longer remain legal tender after 4 hours. This he said was a landmark decision to crackdown on the black money which was an important election promise done by his party to get into power. …


When Hiram Maxim, inventor of the machine gun, was asked if it would make wars more terrible, he replied, “No, it will make war impossible.”

Little did he know what he had created.

One hundred and one years ago, the human race ended one of the greatest catastrophes in its history but paved the way for many more. Many empires disintegrated, millions killed, and the world split in a war that was meant to end all wars. Yet, we fail to learn most of the primary lessons from it.

Just two bullets, fired on the Austrian crown prince in Sarajevo…

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