In February this year, when the largest protest in world history completed 3 months and was getting worldwide attention, a man who is affectionately called ‘God’ even by most of the protesters on the streets took to Twitter and expressed his concerns about sovereignty, unity and ‘neoliberal democracy’.[1]

Talking about ‘external forces’, he said they can be “spectators but not participants”. However, he didn’t clarify what’s the event that needs spectators but is averse to participants. This would have made sense if he was talking about a cricket match, where a handful of designated experts, or elites play the game…

Source : Times of India

It was a chilly December of 2012. A brutal gang rape of a 23 year old physiotherapist in Delhi shook the world. Protests erupted across India demanding capital punishment for the perpetrators, stricter laws and safer cities for women.
A 20 year old me found myself shouting slogans along with thousands of others at Raisina Hill, hardly 20 feet from the boundary of Rashtrapati Bhawan. The atmosphere was charged, and our slogans demanded the rapists to be castrated and shot with as much brutality as they showed towards the girl. There were people of all ages there. Some were holding placards…

Five points for facing the fear of welfare

Meme Courtesy: Prateek Kohli

How many times have you heard someone say “socialism is a bad idea because it hasn’t worked anywhere. Look at Venezuela and North Korea”?

I recently heard this phrase from an extremely polite, 73-year-old white man in Silicon Valley, who also happened to be my Uber driver. The context of the conversation we were having was completely unrelated to socialism. He had been living in the Bay Area since 1967. So I inquired about how this part of the world has changed in the last 5 decades, and how has it affected him. He talked with warmth and seemed to…

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By March of 2020, most of the world had started going under lockdown because of the Covid-19 pandemic. With millions of jobs lost, unemployment rates across the globe started spiking up. Disease, death and racial tensions were already all over the news. In these uncertain and stressful times, April and May saw a huge drop of upto 50% in calls made to child abuse helplines, while all studies suggest that actual maltreatment of kids increased at that time.[1a][1b]
This was a byproduct of schools and abuse, both moving online. Most of the calls to these helplines before the pandemic were made…

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1. Point and shoot

With the onset of the second half of the 20th century, the Soviet society witnessed a fundamental change in the way it had conversations. It was an unexpected by-product of a well-intentioned state policy. Post Stalin, Nikita Khrushchev undertook a massive house-building programme out of his genuine concern for the average Soviet citizen’s living conditions. [1]

The apartment blocks were drab and not particularly well built when compared to the west. But they had a kitchen where people could talk, and a front door that could be shut. …

Prateek Kohli

Tries to understand and fight internet abuse — hate, phishing, misinformation and spam.

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