President-Elect Joe Biden Makes Address On Nation's Economy

What can India expect from the Biden Administration?

With the new US President-elect, Joseph Biden, there is a likelihood that about 5,00,000 undocumented Indian immigrants to the US will get American citizenship as part of Biden’s plans. This is a good start to the US – India relationship. Biden has promised more family-based visas and permanent citizenships to immigrants and restore the naturalization process of green cardholders.

As a Vice President in the Barack Obama administration, Biden fostered strong relationships between India and the US and critics expect the same encouragement during Biden’s term as the president. But some congressmen and women in the US also raised red flags on the Jammu and Kashmir human rights issues when Article 370 was revoked. The campaign policy read that Biden is “disappointed by the measures that the Government of India has taken with the implementation and aftermath of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam and the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act into law”. Even Kamala Harris, the Vice President, spoke up against the abuse of Human rights in Kashmir in 2019. Biden also expressed disappointment in the CAA and NRC policies of the Modi government.

Biden has also published a ‘Made in America’ plan where steel, cement and building materials from abroad will be restricted. In the wake of the Covid – 19 pandemics, it is also expected that Biden will first try to lift the American economy by giving business to American firms. This may affect India’s export to the US especially since trade issues were a matter of concern even in the Trump administration.

While Indian immigrants in the US are expected to reap benefits from the Biden administration, various policies of the Modi government, often turned a blind eye by Trump, may not be approved by Biden and Harris. All that said, it definitely is too early for us to predict any action that the Biden government will take in the future. We will just have to wait and watch and hope for the best.


Karnataka government declares 4 more spots in the state as Biodiversity Heritage Sites – A move greatly appreciated

On 22nd October, Karnataka biodiversity board has decided to name four more spots in the state as biodiversity heritage sites, the reason being the presence of unique and fragile ecosystems, containing rare species of flora and fauna.

Antaranga Betta, Mahima Ranga Betta, Aadi Narayana Swami Betta and Urumbi area on Kumaradhara river basin are the designated spots.

One of the members of the Karnataka Biodiversity Board said that ‘designating an area as a biodiversity heritage site will protect the rich and unique diversity of the area and save it from further deterioration.’

The first spot, Antaranga Betta located in Kolar, acts as a perennial water source in the state which flows throughout the year.

Mahima Ranga Betta in Nelamangala is located in the metropolitan city ‘Bengaluru’. This Betta is one of the few surviving lung spaces in the city. Lung spaces play a crucial role in big overpopulated cities. They reduce pollution by lowering the level of CO2 present in the environment. They are also responsible for rainwater percolation which recharges the groundwater.

Aadi Narayan Swamy Betta in Chickballapur contains dry-belt species which are protected by the locals.

Urumbi area is situated near the banks of Kumardhara river. Kumardhara river basin has 47 plant species endemic to the Western Ghats, out of which 3 are listed as critically endangered and 3 others are endangered in the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) species list.

Biodiversity Heritage Sites are listed due to the presence of rare and threatened species in their vicinity which needs protection from external threats of human poaching, forest fires and pollution. They contain a richness of flora and fauna, fossil beds etc. Locals living near such heritage sites protect these places as they attach cultural, ethical and aesthetic values which have been passed down to them from their ancestors.

An area is designated as a national heritage site under section-37 of Biological Diversity Act, 2002. The state government in consultation with local bodies may notify areas of importance as Biodiversity Heritage Sites.

Other states throughout the country should take a cue from Karnataka and name other major biodiversity spots as a national heritage site. India’s rich biodiversity is its natural asset, and government and citizens should work towards protecting them.

Government authorities in partnership with locals living in the area should plan for better care of the forest areas, securing the flora and fauna of the area.

It is often seen that many corrupt officials take bribes from the hunters and poachers for destroying the flora and fauna of a critically important site. The officials also make false reports to the government to keep their misdoings in hiding. There needs to be harsh repercussions for such acts and then maybe we can hope for a beautiful and well protected environment.




The Invisible Reasons Behind India’s Rape Epidemic

One rape case was reported every 16 minutes in India in 2019. This makes India one of the worst places to be a woman. The rise in the cases of sexual crimes in our country is undeniable. Despite the current cultural change and conversation surrounding women’s safety, India seems to be on the brink of an epidemic. This therefore, forces us to dig deep and question the reason behind India’s rape crisis- is there an increase in the crimes committed or is the number this high due to more cases being officially reported.

Due to waves of Feminism, better education and more awareness, sex has gone from a hushed topic to a more open conversation where people unabashedly talk about their experiences with sexual abuse and assaults. This comfort not only destigmatizes the sufferers of sexual violence but also brings with it a further opportunity to better understand the plight that the victims of these heinous crimes go through. Due to the attackers now being named, understanding the mentality and motives behind these crimes is also becoming easier.

To start with it is important to understand the term xenophobia. The term xenophobia is defined as the fear or hatred of that which is perceived to be foreign or strange. This can be linked to racism, discrimination, riots, wars and just violence in general. But how does this relate to a secular nation like India? India is in the midst of the largest migration the world has ever seen – the rural to urban migration. Close to 31 villagers are estimated to show up in a city every minute, over the course of the next four decades. This rapid and unprecedented transformation has led to a very violent cultural confrontation. Men from these villages, many of whom have had barely any interaction with the opposite sex other than their mothers or sisters for much of their lives, go from the age old well set caste systems and gendered roles to a place where these old traditional social systems and roles simply cease to exist. With the dawn of modernization and westernization, this leads to a lot of confusion in the minds of these young men and women. Moreover, the government provides less attention to the issues of these migrants.

Only ten percent of internal migrants are employed by the industries while the rest are forced into the informal sector where they work in the streets and live in the slums, disregarded by the state and even the society. This can lead to a sense of deepened xenophobia with these internal migrants viewing themselves as devalued and weaker i.e. more ‘feminine’. Something similar can also be seen in the society, when certain men fail to perform and match consistently to the perceptions of the dominant masculinities they are then devalued or feminized and placed under the same groups as the women. This rural to urban problem contributes as a causal factor in the accelerating rapes in India, especially in a city like Delhi. Despite this transformation being a contributor to this issue, it does not, however, conclude the discussion given the rise in the rates of rape cases within these villages as well. In a country like India where a woman is viewed as the honor of the family, especially in rural areas, a crime like rape becomes a tool for vengeance. With the government launching new schemes and programs to uplift the lower castes, aiming to get them jobs and education, we see a dispersion in the order between castes. This leads to a lot of anger among people of the higher castes who then project their power by raping women of the lower caste. The same tactics are observed in wars. Raping a woman is viewed as a means to ‘emasculate the men of the other community’.

Another alarming reason behind these crimes is India’s skewed sex ratio. With nine hundred and ten women per thousand men in 2020, India has the second lowest sex ratio after China. This may not seem like a big number but when we translate it into India’s population we see, approximately, forty million more men than women. Because of this skewed sex ratio, the age group of 17 to 35 year olds are left single without brides. The same age group is responsible for the most crime, with ninety-five percent of these men having criminal records. Historically a less female to male ratio is correlated to an increase in the number of crimes, violence, and a more patriarchal society.

Men have raped babies as well as 90-year-old women as well as men. Despite that the conversation always seems to be centered around blaming the women and her clothing. The prevalence of rape culture and unwilling to face the facts, not only heightens this victim blaming but can lead to fewer reporting of such cases. This attitude encourages the perpetrators to keep doing all the heinous things they want without being held accountable. However, we do see a positive wave of change with both men and women pointing out the flaws of the system and uniting to seek justice for victims of these crimes. While India is still in the midst of this epidemic, it is us, all of us who should question and stand up for what’s right which moves us closer to a more equal and just society.


Kids Entertainment: Paving way for Impropriety?

The world of cartoons takes us down the memory lane and on a magical trip into the unknown. Cartoons tend to bring about a sense of curiosity as well as happiness. Children start idealising certain characters and start worshipping them as their heroes. During the lock down, we must have allowed  the kids to binge watch cartoons,just like the endless number of series we watched to pass time.

Cartoons take children into an extraordinary dimension where their imagination can sometimes pave a path for creativity. Not only are they a means and an epitome of entertainment for the young, but they can also be the reason for many innovations. Dora the Explorer, Peppa Pig, Akbar and Birbal, Sesame Street, Dragon tales, Roll NO 21, The Jungle Book, Shaktiman: The Animated series and Doraemon are some of the many cartoons that teach children general knowledge and valuable lessons. Sadly, some of these cartoons are said to be a nuisance as they can build many unwanted ideas in a child’s mind which can give birth to bad habits. Bullying, teasing, unnecessary comments on someone’s outward appearance are the many negative highlights which many children perceive after binge watching cartoons.

Children are attracted greatly towards moving objects and sometimes end up blindly believing what they see on screen. They start idealising certain characters as they observe that he/she gains power, regardless of whether his/her deeds were virtuous or vicious. For example, when children see a character reigning by robbing and others, he would feel that those are the right things to do as they bring an increase in power. Also, when they see a character gaining authority by teasing other people, it makes the child believe that this is the right thing to do in reality. Children should be taught early on about the difference between right and wrong and to also be made aware of the fact that some of the shows they watch on TV are purely figments of the writer’s imagination. Cartoons like Chota Bheem and Motu & Patlu, are favourited among the Indian diaspora,which can be perceived by many children in the wrong way.

Though cartoons today are being used in many ways to portray and mock the ills present in society in a comical manner. The comic strips we see in newspapers have adorable cartoons in them which sometimes mock people or certain scenarios which are apparently ‘the elephant in the room.’

Even adult cartoons also known as adult animation like The Simpsons, Archer, Disenchantment and Futurama etc. really make one’s day after a hectic schedule. But, sometimes show illicit content which can hurt the sentiments of a certain section in society or end up highlighting the taboos in the society to throw light on that topic which is being ignored by us.

Body Positivity is a very important issue which till date is only surfacing in society. TV shows and cartoons can sometimes showcase many scenarios in the wrong manner, like disabilities or even body insecurities.

Many comic shows or Comedians go out of their way and try to mock the society by highlighting scenarios in a jocular manner which can have unpleasant consequences on people and can create sensitive issues in society. Cartoons do try to showcase humour by pinpointing and making a mockery of the frail and disabled, such ideas can make way into a child’s mind and can create a home. The child would end up teasing and bullying people in real life who face similar issues or will themselves feel insecure when he/she is exposed to similar scenarios in real life. Cartoons can end up showcasing false theories to be true which can hamper a child’s understanding and knowledge.

Disney channel has been an attractive wonderland showcasing some of the cheesiest and sassiest shows which attract millions of teenage girls. But certain girls who are insecure about their body or are struggling with body positivity can feel embarrassed or will try to embrace the wrong notion of beauty shown on the screen which is illogical. They can slowly end up being victims of various eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia which would hamper their holistic growth. The belief that women should be fair-skinned, slim and trim and should have long straight hair has still not left the media or our society completely.

Parents sometimes are unable to maneuverer what their child is watching on TV. These days there are many options on YouTube which can be used to check the content the child is watching.

It takes a lot of time for one to overcome their insecurities. Just a single comment or mocking and laughing on someone else’s insecurities can be brutal and can have a bad effect on the person’s mind. Even though a person’s intention might not be dreadful, they unknowingly can create self-doubt within a person’s mind by creating false beliefs which then grow into diffidence.




Where is the ‘Ekatvam’ now?

In the public eye, anything that goes against a particular religion is subject to controversy. Sadly, such has been the case for famous jewellery brand Tanishq’s newest ad campaign ‘Ekatvam’ which means oneness. The advertisement shows a Hindu daughter-in-law being taken for her baby shower ceremony by her Muslim mother-in-law who says that keeping daughters happy is more important than customs. This gave many social media users a reason to say that the ad promotes ‘love jihad.’  Soon after the ad was released, #BoycottTanishq was quick to start trending. Tanishq said it was ‘deeply saddened with the inadvertent stirring of emotions’ and has withdrawn the ad from all platforms.

In an open letter to the public, the company said that the idea of the ad was to celebrate the ‘beauty of oneness’ with people coming from all walks of life and families during these difficult times. Somehow, many Hindutva bigots have seen this as something against Hinduism and have been very vocal about how it has deeply hurt their sentiments thus demanding for an apology. The other half of social media stood up for the message the ad was trying to portray and slammed the bigotry.

For a country that prides itself on religion, why is there room for constant hate and criticism against inter-faith unions? Actor Kangana Ranaut shared her thoughts on the ad and claimed that it glorified “love jihad and sexism.” Her tweet read, “This advert is wrong on so many levels, Hindu bahu is living with the family for a significant amount of time but acceptance happens only when she is carrying their heir. So, what is she, just a set of ovaries? This advert does not only promote love jihad but also sexism.”  Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, actor Richa Chadha and many others, on the other hand, supported and appreciated the ad for its message on ‘Hindu-Muslim unity.’

Inter-faith marriages have always been frowned upon in India especially if one wants to marry into the Muslim community. The rules in Islam and Christianity are strict when it comes to marriage and people outside the faith are not easily accepted. Therefore, the ad that showed a Muslim family with a Hindu bahu was not only beautiful but also attempted to break the stereotypical system we still live in. It is a shame that we are still unable to accept the slightest change in traditions that have been set in stone. Times are changing and these are some of the few stereotypes that need to be broken.


Patriarchy: A burden on everyone!

Patriarchy is an age-old plague which still runs rampant in the 21st century. It has created boundaries and has imposed a system in society that creates stereotypes. Even though women are trying to break these barriers by fighting for equality and by propounding feminism, still, this horror lurks and has created a burrow in society affecting different genders.

Women especially in rural areas, are still prone to the contagious and toxic traditions which society has pushed upon them, be it managing the family business or even being the main income earner. Being the breadwinner in the household gives one power – this is what we have been conditioned to believe, but this belief needs to be put away. Women also have the right to be as independent as a man along with being treated equally.

Even the notion ‘Man of the house’ is seen to be derogatory, I mean why can’t it also be the ‘Woman of the house’! Due to patriarchy certain positions are restricted to that particular gender, eg- Cooking, cleaning, looking after the children, buying groceries is supposed to be a woman’s job and men are supposed to have a stable job, earn money, manage the household budget and look after tasks outside the house.

These stereotypical roles which society has labelled us with are not only a burden on the females but also the males.

Even though there are many people who try their best to break these barriers, certain conservative sections in society have been unable to accept it. Women have not left any stone unturned when it comes to proving themselves equal to there counterpart, they can be CEOs, doctors, lawyers and PhD holders and can take care of their household at the same time.

Even in the urban regions of Metropolitan cities patriarchy does exist. Be it the difference in wages or favouring men over women for higher positions in companies. Nuclear families today see both the husband and wife working, but it is still considered the wife’s duty to look after the children, take care of the household and to maintain a certain balance at home. But there are also families where the husband goes out to buy groceries, cook and clean and even take care of the house so that all the burden is not on the wife’s head.

Even the so-called notion that ‘women are bad drivers’ is a term which has been born out of a patriarchal society and is absolutely not true. We rarely see the notion of the husband staying at home and taking care of the house and the children while the wife goes out to work and earn. Nowhere has it been written that wives are supposed to be house makers and men are supposed to be money earners. It is said that these roles which break us into watertight compartments are actually because of the work men and women had started doing. Society was so primitive at that time that they were put into a category which till date are still being looked up to, as society has greatly changed over time and has become modern, these watertight categories need to be broken so that a new way of living can be introduced in society.

Patriarchy has affected men as well. Men have to be un-phased by the hurdles which come their way. The belief that ‘men don’t cry’ or ‘men shouldn’t cry’ is one of the most illogical concepts in society. Men are also human beings and emotion bearing creatures who are allowed to show their emotions.

Patriarchy holds men to be the beneficiaries of the system but eventually, it has affected them as well, it has paved way for hyper-masculinity. Men are seen to be mentally strong beings and are labelled as invincible. Sadly, the men who go against their stereotypical roles are labelled as weak and coward, which is absolutely wrong.

The LGBTQ community is also affected by the notion of patriarchy, and as they fight for their equality, they will always be labelled as the other gender. They still live in a society where they will always be seen differently, the stigma surrounding this issue has to be erased. We need to look forward to a society which is label-free where we all are known as ‘humans of this world’ .

Patriarchy has proven to be a burden on society, it pressurises us and has restricted our movement, it has imbibed within us a notion where we have been conditioned to think in a certain way and has left us all in a crux which needs to be broken.


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The Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) 2020 Draft

Before undertaking any major project, an Environment Impact Assessment or EIA is done to identify the consequences of a proposed activity/project on the environment. EIA covers projects such as mining of coal or other minerals, infrastructure development, thermal, nuclear and hydropower projects, real estate and other industrial projects. It is a process that acknowledges and takes into consideration the views of the people on whether a project should be approved or not.

Many activists have called the new EIA draft ‘anti-environment’ and ‘pro-industries.’ Activists claim that far from an improvement, the 2020 draft is a ‘regressive departure’ from the 2006 version it seeks to replace. It is an attempt to weaken environmental regulation and silence affected communities. The draft also seems to favour industries while largely neglecting the balance between sustainable development and environment protection.

The 1994 EIA notification was modified in 2006 and to incorporate the amendments and relevant court orders since then, it was drafted again in 2020. The draft aimed to make processes more transparent and beneficial for the people. But, on the contrary, the draft proposes the removal of several activities from the purview of public consultation.


A signatory to the Stockholm Declaration (1972) on Environment, India enacted laws to control water (1974) and air (1981) pollution soon after. But it was only after the Bhopal Gas disaster of 1984, that the country legislated an umbrella Act for environment protection in 1986 brought out to ensure all-round safety of the environment. It later got replaced by the 2006 EIA notification.

Every developmental project has been required to go through the EIA process for obtaining prior environmental clearance ever since the norms were notified in India in 1994.

Why the EIA draft 2020 is so controversial

The two significant changes that the draft tries to bring are the ‘post-facto clearance’ and the restriction of public participation. Where the post-facto clearance is concerned, the Supreme Court of India in an order stated that “Environmental law cannot countenance the notion of an ex-post-facto clearance. This would be contrary to both the precautionary principle, as well as the need for sustainable development.” Furthermore, the 2020 draft increases the government’s power and provides no remedy for the political and bureaucratic stronghold on the EIA process while also favouring the industries.

Most of the nations in the world have implemented EIA. On one side it acts as a key to control the activities of private corporations. While on the other hand, it is a prerequisite for grants or loans by international financial institutions.

How does it prove to be dangerous?

The impact of the provisions of this draft could be a possible danger to North India as compared to PAN India. In the draft, the border area is defined as “area falling within 100kms of aerial distance from the line of actual control with bordering countries of India.” This means it will cover a large portion of North East India, which is considered as the country’s biodiversity hotspot.

A prime example is the Baghjan fire that took place in Assam earlier this year. The blowout was so dangerous that along with destroying human lives as well as flora and fauna, the entire place is still burning. The State Pollution Board of Assam had reported that the oil plant had been operating for over 15 years without any prior consent. Such is the consequence of establishing a project without proper clearance.

If this draft becomes a law, it will mean a death sentence for the environment without allowing people to raise their voices. Strict action must be taken against a draft like this to protect our environment from any further damages.

“Reasons for rape”-A cause of growing concern?

The Hathras gang rape case has shaken the entire nation to its core. The victim was brutally raped, tortured and physically violated, in every sense of the word. While the accused have been arrested and the state government has ordered a SIT probe into the case, there are protests in various parts of the country.

The protesters have aimed their anger towards the government and #ResignYogiAdityanath is trending. A lot of people took to social media express their outrage over the crime. Different people had different opinions and held the government responsible for being unable to prevent the horrific act.

Though everyone is entitled to have their personal opinions on the matter and to blame whoever they hold responsible , it cannot be denied that opinions of people who are held to a certain standard and are often of a particular stature, have the ability to influence the minds of the people and the society at large. Therefore, they should be careful to express their opinions in a way that cannot be interpreted and is not derogatory to the victim of the crime or to the idea of justice.

Unfortunately, India has no shortage of instances where the statements of such influential people have raised eyebrows and gained criticism from all parts of the society. A few years ago, when the UP state legislative assembly was discussing the topic of women safety and eve teasing, a politician was quoted saying,”ladke hai, glti ho jati hai” (They are boys, mistakes happen). This statement drew a lot of flak.

Similarly, another politician blamed chow mien for creating hormonal imbalances in men which gives them the urge to commit rapes.

After the Hathras rape case, a statement by Justice Katju raised a lot of eyebrows. He posted on his social media handle, “Rape isn’t justified but it is normal to have a sexual urge as it is one of the needs and due to unemployment, a lot of people can’t get married, and have to resort to other such measures like rape for fulfilling their sexual urge. In order to completely stop rape or even reduce it, economic and social development must take place in India.”

This statement, though does not justify rape, does give an excuse for it by saying that unemployed and unmarried men resort to “such measures” to satisfy themselves. Statements like these assume that men, especially those accused of such crimes, are absolutely incapable of having any control over their emotions and urges and get carried away into such heinous acts. These statements often lead the society to lean into the idea of “men will be men” which makes it that much harder to bring about an ideological and mental change in the society at the grassroot level, with regard to the topic of women safety. Men often use these statements made by people of public prominence as their defence when they’re called out for their sexist behaviour or words, if ever.

Therefore, it is important that people and especially those who have the ability to influence the society’s thought process should be very careful with their words and think about the impact that their words might have on someone’s thought process, even if it happens subconsciously and is involuntary in nature.


Businesses facing a blow down due to Covid-19

Covid-19 has left us all in a fix. It has created an imbalance which will be difficult for all of us to stabilise. It has been the one which has driven us to adopt a “new normal” in our everyday lives.

As the cases rise along with the towering death rate, we won’t really be seeing a clear sky anytime soon. It has turned our lives upside down and the business world too is being shook by it.

The parties, meet ups and social gatherings which would lighten up eating houses have suddenly been replaced by a long silence while many restaurants and dine-ins face huge losses. As the six-month lockdown has brought everything to a standstill it has hit cafes, hotels and eateries the most. As customers have stopped visiting these places, hotels are facing financial losses also they have a worker shortage as most workers have left for their hometown due to financial crisis.

Most of the restaurants’ staff have bid a temporary goodbye and plan to come back only when a vaccine is launched and the situation is under control. Even though many states like Maharashtra have allowed the opening of hotels and restaurants from October, precautions will still have to strongly be followed in order to maintain a healthy environment. This would need many hands and many eateries have a shortage of staff due to which the business can be hampered.

Though many food delivery applications like Zomato and Swiggy are currently doing the runs by offering food from many eateries at home but still this has not been able to fill the gap which has been created by Covid-19. Around 40% of eateries are dependent on these food delivery applications as they are the saviours whom they can rely upon to deliver food to the customers at home.

The aisles of the big grocery stores where one could find all the items starting from A to Z are empty and are dependent on applications like “Groffers.” They have also come up with their own delivery applications which are trending at a high rate. However, a rise in the sales of hygiene products like sanitizers, soaps, detergents etc. has definitely been seen in every app. But according to economists most local grocery stores have apparently not faced a loss, rather they have immensely gained a lot of profit and flourished to a great extent.

Many new start-ups are facing huge losses as growing businesses take a U-turn. People are not only lacking man power but they are also lacking customers. Unemployment is jolting upwards steadily and the current scenario has made it worse, with the new amendments and rules made by the government many employees are now vulnerable and can easily lose their jobs.

Recently a designer took to the streets to keep his livelihood safe by selling food items. The main purpose behind this was to save his family as his financial condition along with his business was deteriorating

Many new businesses which have emerged in the beginning of the year are facing huge losses, as they have been unable to make any progress and many of them have even shutdown. Around 70% of the businesses have stated that their cash flow has reduced drastically. Many firms and start-ups have lost new projects which were housing a bunch of opportunities and consumer’s demand for luxurious items has greatly gone down. According to statistics, the effects of corona will be felt even in the upcoming years as people will not look forward in investing their money in expensive products like vehicles or even houses.

The ones who have been most impacted during these tumultuous times are small businesses which sell handicraft products or Indian Clothes, stores which sell handicraft items or products made in India . These are the stores which hold a strong emotional value along with being some of the oldest stores which once upon a time were super popular. Even though we have become accustomed to shopping from online websites and buying items from the mall, these little shops will always have a special place in our heart and we never really will be leaving them behind. You find them in every city and we know that some of the products we get in those respective stores won’t be available in other shops. Even though we are advocating for products made in India under The Make in India campaign which we see being propounded now and then on social media, we are unable to make the ends meet as the economic scenario keeps on getting worse due to Covid-19.

Covid-19 has made a huge bump in the growing economy and who knows how long it will take for the world to recover and get back on track?


There is a “New feminism” in town!

Magazines, Newspapers, social media sites and media have not left any stone unturned when it comes to advocating feminism. They have gone their way ahead in propounding Feminism by trying to reach to each and every nook and corner of the world. But has Feminism in reality taken over every individual’s mindset and has it really created the difference which it proffers to? That is the question of the hour.
We have come across the term Feminism many times and by now we all know that it clearly states that both the sexes that is male and female should be treated equally, one should not be given superiority over the other and that we should do away with all the difference which would lead to any kind of negative reaction between the two sexes.
Feminism as a movement aims for a bias free life, where both the sexes should be exposed to equal opportunities in various spheres be it social, political or even economical spheres, and that one sex should not be suppressed by the other. Through the lens of Feminism, we are trying to carve a world which strives for impartiality and gives equal opportunities to both males and females.
Researchers state that women have been equally responsible in supporting patriarchy and in uplifting the male sex to superiority. Feminism has been advocated and propounded in almost every place but still somewhere it has failed to leave its mark and has been perceived by many as a loop hole, which women are trying to use to showcase superiority and take advantage of their identity.
But over time a new term has emerged from the whirlpool of feminism which according to many individuals seems to be quite realistic as it highlights the actual difference between two sexes, the term which has been the talk of the town is New Feminism, New Feminism states that the biological difference should be taken into account by us, men and women have a great deal of anatomical difference which makes them divergent and the difference should be admired and that women being the child bearers should be appreciated but men and women should be seen as equals as these variations should not become a hindrance for the race towards their equality.
This term has erupted on numerous occasions and has created a controversy in countless situations. Women supporting women is something which we have observed in many scenarios, you have female writers supporting each other or even Bollywood actresses calling out each other for support in bad times, but many people have perceived this to be a trait which women are misusing to gain sympathy.
Women criticising other women on their body structure and looks has brought in a lot of attention. This has also brought in a lot of criticism and a lot of appreciation, as women have been degraded by their own sex when they are seen criticising other women’s bodies, on the other hand, some women have been appreciated for telling other women to “man up” and not cry and cringe about their problems.
New feminists are advocating for Female appreciation that females should be appreciated for the work which they do even with the physical differences. Women who postulate New feminism feel that women should be appreciated in many spheres of life and should be admired for doing certain activities over men. Women should be appreciated for their empathy, modesty and the fact that they are life givers.
Most of the times New feminism has been seen as a trump card which women are using to showcase major biological difference to not only gain sympathy but also to break the equality which individuals are striving between men and women. By advocating New Feminism women are only trying to uplift females and are trying to prove males as the substandard and amateurish gender.
The fight for feminism will continue but will New feminism create a positive impact or negative impact? Will it be able to justify itself before its criticisers ? Will this New Feminism pull back the years of work that went into establishing the original idea? These are the questions that will linger within this fight.