Wednesday, 23 September 2020 Subjects beyond the scope of Online Learning
Yashovardhan Tiwary - Sep 19,2020
The LGBTQ+ community has faced a lot of problems in the past, and is facing a lot of problems even now. Recently, the #NoHomoVivah got trending on Twitter following The Solicitor General Tushar Mehta's comments on the on the PIL to recognise the same sex marriages under Hindu Marriage Act. He stated that ,"Such marriages are contrary to the statutory provision, our society, our values do not recognise marriage between two people of same-sex." Twitter came to blows after this statement and to grapple with the one's in support of the #NoHomoVivah, a new lot came out with #YesHomoVivah, and this hashtag got trending with worldwide support. Change is inevitable, but this battle has been going on for a long time and the LGBTQ+ community still has to go a long way to win their rights and acceptance in the society.
The Farmers' Protests in India
Ishaan Singh Sarna - Sep 19,2020
On September 12, 2020, farmers belonging to Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) and other farmers’ welfare associations took to the streets in Haryana’s Kurukshetra. They thronged the streets to express their disapproval of the recent Ordinances, under the aegis of PM Modi’s Atmanirbhar Bharat Project, tabled in the Lok Sabha by the Central Government. This protest quickly took a violent turn as the police began lathi charging the agitated farmers. However, this protest was only the beginning of an oncoming spate of farmers’ protests against the Ordinances. These protests have been majorly staged by distressed farmers in Punjab and Haryana, but the agitation has also spread to other states like Uttar Pradesh and Telangana.
Devastating Wildfires in California
Jahnavi Rathore - Sep 17,2020
An unprecedented fire season is wreaking havoc across the western US, with the air quality plummeting and smog weltering cities. At least 15 people have been killed, with around 3000 people becoming homeless. As the situation spirals out of control, these wildfires are rapidly advancing towards suburbs. These wildfires are a threat to the homes and lives of millions of citizens with the conditions becoming pernicious. California wildfires, driven by extreme blazes, have already burnt record-breaking acres of land this year. Fire officials state that the wildfires are raging so fast, that they are burning at a rate of 1000 acres per half-hour, being only 38% contained. The devastating fires are caused 84% by humans, which is of no surprise. What makes these fires harsh, costly, and extremely vicious is that most of the human infrastructure ends up in flames.
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