Fairness products in India are worth nearly half a billion US dollars in India (Source: wp.nyu.edu)

Colourism may be defined as prejudicial or preferential treatment of same-race people based solely on their colour. This, as opposed to racism (which is prejudice based on race), is prejudice based on skin tone, often among those of the same race.

It has been widely talked about in the political discourse on black people, but the issue is widely prevalent among the South Asian populations as well. However, colourism is more complicated in India due to its diverse skin tones as a result of its diverse climatic and geographic conditions. …


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“Remember, remember! The fifth of November, The Gunpowder treason and plot; I know of no reason Why the Gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot!”

The 5th of November, 2020 marks the 415th anniversary of the Gunpowder Treason orchestrated by the radical Catholics to blow up the House of the Lords. It also marks the 23rd anniversary of the blowing up of the House of Parliament and the Big Ben in Alan Moore and David Lloyd’s “V for Vendetta”.

Alan Moore, in his introduction to the graphic novel, “V for Vendetta”, mentions that the dystopia arose out of his and David…


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As human beings, we tend to think we are at the centre of the universe. However, if scientific discoveries are any indication, this cannot be farther from the truth. In fact, we are just one species on an ordinary planet orbiting an ordinary star out of the billions in an ordinary galaxy out of many in a vast universe. If this wasn’t enough, the matter that constitutes us, the one we can study and see, may only be less than 5% of the constitution of the universe. …


“Justice has prevailed”, tweeted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the 20th of March, 2020, nearly 6 hours after the four men convicted of the gang rape and murder of a 23-year old, famously called Nirbhaya- the fearless one- were hanged in Tihar jail. As the country joins the Prime Minister in rejoicing at the execution of the convicts, I ask you this: Is capital punishment really the answer?

Execution of criminals as punishment for their offence has existed since the beginning of civilization and there was often no alternative form of deterrence of criminals, until the developed prison systems…


The Matrix celebrates 20 years in 2019, after its groundbreaking release in 1999. Critically acclaimed for its spectacular action sequences and groundbreaking special effects, which would get replicated in movies to come, many describe the Matrix as the best science-fiction movie of all time. However, far more impressive than its 4 academy awards and the fact that it pulled action movies out from the ‘B-list’ category- where it was placed at the time- back to the ‘A-list’, is its thought provoking ingenious experience. …


THE AVENGERS EXPLAIN MORAL PHILOSOPHY

Source: Radio Times

Philosophy is the study of fundamental nature of reality and existence. Moral philosophy deals with ethics and the concepts of 'right’ and ‘wrong’. Often considered the ‘holy trinity’ of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Iron Man, Captain America and Thor can be used to explain the three basic ideas of morality, namely, Utilitarianism, Deontology, and Virtue Ethics respectively. The somewhat opposing ideas of Utilitarianism and Deontology are seen best in Captain America: Civil War, where Captain America and Iron Man find themselves in opposing teams, divided by their views on the Sokovia Accords…


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Science fiction movies, like Back to the future and Terminator, and books, like H G Wells’ ‘Time Machine’ and Stephen King’s ‘22/11/63’, have paved way for the idea of time travel into everybody’s minds. With ideas of the TARDIS and the DeLorean seeping into pop culture, everyone talks of travelling through time. But is it really possible, though? Can you actually just step into a machine and travel through time and space without any consequences? Let’s forget the laws of physics for a moment and delve into whether, on a philosophical scale, one can travel through time.

Time is the…


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With the upcoming general elections in India, social media is abuzz with the talk of politics and political parties. Interactions among people are interlaced with political conversations and debates about political views is commonplace.

A person’s political ideologies may be thought of as a spectrum, with liberalism on one end and conservatism on the other. Liberalism, simply put, is the political doctrine that believes in personal freedom and social equality, whereas conservatism is a philosophy that opposes changes and promotes traditional and orthodox ideas. …

Anjitha Puthillam

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