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VOICES | 5-minute read

CORONICLES: How lockdown made my city in Canada a 'ghost town'

The rustling of the leaves that I loved so much, is anything but frightening now.

VOICES | 2-minute read

We Muslims must stop being ‘Us’ to not be treated as ‘Them’

You can't stand up to the haters outside if you're not standing up to the peddlers of hatred within.

VOICES | 2-minute read

Lockdown Diary Of A Teenager: Screens are fine, but when can we go back to school?

Though we wouldn't give up on any opportunity to relax and keep our eyes glued to our screens instead of reading textbooks, we cannot help but miss school.

VOICES | 2-minute read

Lockdown Diary Of A Teenager: What's worse than staying home? Mum's the word!

Reality hits the hardest at 4 pm.

VOICES | 4-minute read

After board exam ordeal, what coronavirus taught me about life

The coronavirus pandemic is a wake-up call for humanity to reform its ways.

VOICES | 4-minute read

Work From Home made me question what I value in my relationships

With the joy of meeting people at work and interactions at the office coffee machines gone, work from home is proving more daunting than I thought.

VOICES | 5-minute read

Work From Home made me realise human interaction is overrated

Many are complaining about not having a choice but to work from home as if going to office was ever a matter of choice.

VOICES | 6-minute read

Delhi gang rape convicts hanged. Is India ready to face its reality?

India’s Daughter should be seen by all as it holds a mirror to a society that is far from being sensitive to gender issues.

VOICES | 8-minute read

Do your bit for Kailash Mansarovar yatra: Letter to Narendra Modi and S Jaishankar

The pilgrimage is one of the toughest in the world. Let the lack of infrastructure not come in the way of Shiva devotees.

VOICES | 5-minute read

Why Shikara and Kashmiri Pandit in commercial cinema were necessary

The famed resilience of Kashmiri Pandits is chronicled in Shikara, where a generation confronted with brutal hate nevertheless ensures their children are not engulfed by the storm.

VOICES | 8-minute read

Letter to PM Modi: Why India needs to go back to Gurukul

The world is gaining strength from Indian culture and traditions. And we are rejecting them.

VOICES | 8-minute read

When I went back home to Kashmir as a Kashmiri Pandit 14 years after the exodus

As we landed at the Srinagar airport, we stopped for a few seconds to inhale hard. We were coming back to Kashmir after 14 years.

VOICES | 5-minute read

I don't exist if I am not Assamese

We can't be Hindus or Muslims, if we can't remain Assamese.

VOICES | 4-minute read

The untold tale of armed Sukhois on 26/11

Lost in the sands of 11 years is a surreal little tale, recounted to me over the years by pilots.

VOICES | 4-minute read

Don't breathe. Baaki sab first class hai

Our freedom of expression is now at loggerheads with our freedom to breathe.

VOICES | 5-minute read

What we should learn from a death in a tunnel

The remains of Mosul that I walked over did not just bury thousands of years of history, but a culture of coexistence which will be hard to rebuild.

VOICES | 3-minute read

Anthem debate: Sit down, stop this nonsense

If you are a liberal, be a little liberal in respecting diversity.

VOICES | 4-minute read

This is what Kashmir went through in the 70 days since Article 370 was scrapped

At midnight on August 5, our phones went silent. We have still not been able to break that silence.

VOICES | 5-minute read

Mohan Bhagwat is right. Indian Muslims like me are so happy they just can't handle

Don't send more happiness our way. We don't know how to deal with it anymore.

VOICES | 4-minute read

What happens if Gujarat govt doesn't pay Bilkis Bano Rs 50 lakh relief despite SC order

Bilkis Bano could be forced to take the route that Ishrat Jahan’s mother took.

VOICES | 7-minute read

I just returned from Kashmir. This is what I saw

I roamed around the streets of Srinagar for about a week. Here’s how things look on the ground.

VOICES | 15-minute read

#MeToo India: A year later, the men are back to work. What about the women?

Yes, you too. So what?

VOICES | 5-minute read

What is Eid-ul-Azha when you don't know where your loved ones are!

Love is what connects us all. Here, there, everywhere. In Lahore, in New York, in Palestine, in El Paso, Texas, in Yemen, in Syria, in Sudan, in Afghanistan, in Dayton, Ohio, in Quetta, in Kashmir.

VOICES | 3-minute read

Priyanka Chopra vs Ayesha Malik: On war, there can be no 'middle ground'

What's the middle ground between war and peace, exactly? There is none, not even for the most famous celeb.

VOICES | 7-minute read

'All men are trash': How should I react to this as a mother of a son?

There are many women who do bad things, and there is no question about that. This is not a man versus woman debate.

VOICES | 4-minute read

Patriots like us must call out lynchings. Why doesn't PM Modi start a campaign against hate crimes?

Notable cultural figures have written a controversial letter on lynching to the PM, including filmmaker Aparna Sen, who spoke with Rohit E David on why this issue has become so crucial now.

VOICES | 3-minute read

No, Minister: Why Smriti Irani's proposal of death penalty for sexual crimes against children is no solution

A death penalty is a control-shift-delete approach, which defeats the purpose of a punishment. Reform.

VOICES | 7-minute read

Why silent on Bacha baazi, Pakistan? Instead of sponsoring terrorists, Pakistan should tackle this social evil instead

Pakistan fuels, trains and sponsors thousands of jihadis each year. But at the same time, it turns a blind eye towards the thousands of vulnerable young boys raped within.

VOICES | 7-minute read

Sakshi Mishra hounded: How the society controls a woman’s sexual, matrimonial and reproductive choices

The episode goes beyond just caste conflict. It speaks of the deep-rooted insecurity in men and their urge to control a woman's womb.

VOICES | 2-minute read

Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare, MM Kalburgi and Gauri Lankesh killed: Why no one cares for the naked proof

The authorities have ignored the links that easily take them to the murderers.

VOICES | 3-minute read

From Hitler to Elon Musk: Why we can’t let the moon be in peace

Chandrayaan 2 has been called off for now. But the silent race is on.

VOICES | 6-minute read

Our own Bangla-Desh: We Indians want to build our houses from scratch. And one house just isn't enough

Construction is testimony to doing well in life. That's why you won't find a single spot in the nation where there isn't construction work, materials being transported, the sounds of a drill.

VOICES | 9-minute read

A woman called Ms Lewinsky

When Monica Lewinsky says women need to tell their stories in their words, I can't agree more. I, too, faced media trial in January 2014. It's still going on.

VOICES | 3-minute read

No. If you slap your loved one, you don't love them: Why 'Kabir Singh' director Sandeep Reddy Vanga is totally wrong

'Kabir Singh' is famously sexist. And director Sandeep Reddy Vanga has defended the protagonist, played by Shahid Kapoor, hitting the woman lead. As a man, I am appalled.

VOICES | 3-minute read

Controversy's child: Zaira Wasim is looking for inner peace. Why should we come in her way?

Wasim has suffered from depression and suicidal thoughts. If she seeks peace through religion, why are we judging her? She doesn't have to live life according to our expectations.

VOICES | 7-minute read

From sacred to profane: How the holy 'Jai Shri Ram' chant is now a cry of violence to lynch the terrified

Once words of calmness and beauty, the Hindu chant is now a signal, a dog-whistle, a weapon in the hands of lynch mobs targeting the most vulnerable.

VOICES | 3-minute read

Sania Mirza vs Veena Malik: This is exactly what two women should never do to each other

The world is only waiting to see a woman attack another woman. The sexist thrills are even greater when two empowered, successful women do exactly that.

VOICES | 11-minute read

My mother saw doctors as angels. She died of cancer because doctors treating her didn't care about her

If the medical profession is truly noble, then doctors cannot possibly be on strike and claim moral superiority.

VOICES | 8-minute read

Here’s what happens at a casualty ward. Read this before you justify your anger against doctors

Never, in the 365 days of my internship, was my safety my focus. It was always about the patient, and the patient only.

VOICES | 5-minute read

Skipping The Biggest Lesson: BJP’s draft National Education Policy tries to compete with madrasas, misses crucial learning

The policy pays no attention to teaching children the dignity of labour. This lesson is a must though for any society which wants to grow and be developed.

VOICES | 3-minute read

Yogi Adityanath vs Prashant Kanojia: This is what could have really hurt Yogi ji

Prashant Kanojia is neither Yogi’s uncle, nor his aunt. Nor his neighbour, not his colleague, nor his beautician, nor his gym trainer. Then how could he pose that particular question?

VOICES | 5-minute read

From Kathua to Aligarh: We have to stop sacrificing our children on the altar of some people's twisted political correctness

A society that can't safeguard children has no right to talk about the rights of the perpetrators. No identity, religious, caste or economic, is more important than the safety of a defenceless child.

VOICES | 4-minute read

What the Kathua rape victim’s letter to the Aligarh victim might have said

We were both killed mercilessly by men from across the religious divide. But, little one, what we suffered goes beyond all divides. Why don't those fighting for us understand this?

VOICES | 4-minute read

Anti-Hindi Imposition: Why South India can never accept Hindi as the link language

As a govt proposal to introduce Hindi learning to the South stokes up decades-old resistance, it is clear the opposition to Hindi has gone nowhere. That's despite several Hindi-speakers working in the South.

VOICES | 3-minute read

I will never know how this world looks. But my life is colourful

I studied at a regular school. Yes, I was alone. But I was not afraid.

VOICES | 3-minute read

So Aam, So Boring: Why I think the mango is such a vastly overrated fruit

Despite being surrounded by the most famous mangoes in the world, I have always found them utterly dull. Except for one.

VOICES | 3-minute read

Eid Mubarak: Why I regret never being invited to an iftar

No, it is not about the food alone.

VOICES | 10-minute read

Lok Sabha 2019: A liberal Congress supporter, I concede defeat in this battle of ideas

The soul of India has changed, and secular values must die. Rahul Gandhi wanted to protect India from the potential damage Narendra Modi could do to its core. But India chose Modi instead.

VOICES | 2-minute read

Was Game of Thrones finale inspired by our very own Ramayana?

From the suffering of its central protagonist to the fiery end of King's Landing, why are the resemblances in the theme so strong?!

VOICES | 2-minute read

Vivek Oberoi Tweets Aishwarya Meme: Critics, Vivek Oberoi has moved on. You should too

Can we please come off our moral pulpit and let people laugh? Including at themselves?