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There have been desperate messages from people trapped inside asking, 'Where is humanity?', 'Where is the world?', 'Why is nobody helping us?'

The answer to the above questions have become increasingly evident - The rest of the world doesn't have the time to care, because they have their own problems to take care of first.

Even on the news sites that reported this, i got 'Breaking News' of who Trump elected. I guess that shows what's important.

This is sad indeed.
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My mind rages when I see things like this. But it's an impotent rage. A rage that is born of despair.

I do not see how we will ever be better. At it's core, the problem is the patriarchal system that reinforces the "Boys will be boys" excuse and the subsequent victim-blaming that inevitably follows. And this system will not change until it's used by one half to control the other half of the population.

Power corrupts.
A dark trade: Rape videos are being sold in India for than $3. http://aje.io/6qpp
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Caste

Caste is something I have grown up with. For me, it was just a word associated with my family. It didn't have any particular meaning or importance.

Once you start seeing what it can be used for, you start to realise the importance of it's role in the Indian society. I started seeing things when I was in school. Not from elders, but from other kids.

"Do not pick food from that kid's plate, he will be offended..."
"He is from this caste, dont touch him..."

Then, it was just what it was. I never questioned it. But as you get older, you see the self-serving nature of these man-made rules we follow.

Having lived in Bangalore all my life, I encountered a watered down version of the caste system. But caste system is brutal and extremely manipulative.

The article shows us one such practice. It's disgusting, that in this day and age, practices like these are still allowed to go on.

Do I still think it's just a word. Hell no.

Do you?
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Let Us All Keep Quiet

Well, I must say this is how the situation is right now. Any voice which criticizes will be overrun by hyper nationalism. 

What a section of JNU students did was wrong, but if you don't allow a free debate, how will they realize it's wrong? Meting out punishment & making somebody understand why they are wrong are entirely different things.

There is one more thing i don't understand - Why does Mr. Modi come into every issue? How is he relevant to the issue under discussion??

Excerpt from the article: So, you don’t think Make in India will work? You think Modi is merely a showman? You think the GDP numbers are cooked up? You think Modi has gone back on most of his poll promises? You are an incorrigible anti-national.
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This is outrageous. It disgusts me that he is given back his job already.

Pachauri's lawyers had said that his email and phone account were "hacked". However, the Delhi Police found "no evidence" to support his claims.

Hacked? Really? Thats the defense you are going for?? How does one get his phone hacked for 2 years and not know??
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How does working without real-time data make sense? In this age??

Forget the solution, we can't even agree on what is causing the pollution, thanks to these studies each of which have come up with different results.
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The Tolerance Debate

My feelings at the moment are pretty mixed. Let us go back to the time before Intolerance became the buzz word in Indian social media that it currently is.

If the killing of somebody is done over what he/she did earlier, even if it's an isolated incident, is not something the citizens should be okay with. If the topic of discussion is not the killing and how to prevent it from happening, but over 2 factions fighting over who is right(Intolerant vs Tolerant camps), then we are clearly missing the point of the discussion - an important discussion that is the need of the hour. Focus on the actual problem & how we can work towards a resolution of the same.

For this to happen, people need the freedom to protest against what they feel is wrong. So some members of the film fraternity returned their awards. Well, they did it under the same freedom of expression protected by our democracy that allows other people to criticize their actions.

Have we come to a point in time where the citizens are not allowed to express themselves, just because the majority doesn't agree with them? Move away from the He-Said/She-Said shenanigans, and think about the real issues that need to be addressed.

I do not condone murder, and neither should anybody living in a democracy.

Note: If you still want to comment on how the Tolerant/Intolerant groups got it right, you have not got the point of this post & I'm truly sorry for not getting through even after my best efforts. PERIOD.
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Hmm, It takes a Presidential candidate in the US to highlight the study done on climate change which contributed to the Syrian conflict.

Find the study here: http://m.pnas.org/content/112/11/3241.abstract
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Sigh, Internet can turn any serious issue into a sexist frenzy.

Via +Sushubh Mittal​.
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