Electoral Systems In New Zealand
On 26th October, Jacinda Ardern will be sworn in as Prime Minister of New Zealand, heading a coalition government of three parties – Labour, Green, and New Zealand First.
New Zealand’s House of Representatives has 120 seats, and any party requires 61 seats to form a majority
Lynching. Discrimination. Intolerance. Every day, a new story appears of a person or a group of people who were ostracized, attacked, and ridiculed for not adhering to the Hindu, casteist ideals India’s people have set for its citizens. Every day, we further demonize the diversity we once celebrated, and we
In May 2014, India’s lobbies of power were shaken and cleansed, and the people of India delivered their verdict. It was time to bid farewell to the ‘non-performing and silent’ United Progressive Alliance government and to welcome a stronger force – one that commanded a full majority in parliament for
What is the most influential thing humanity has ever created?
Some will say it’s the wheel or the computer, but let’s face it. It is the system of money. Look around you, there is money involved everywhere; every object in your house is the result of a transaction that you’ve
1. The Queen Bee and her Drones
A male honeybee (drone) exists for one reason- to mate with the queen. The bees have sex in mid air. A queen will be courted by a swarm of drones and the first to make his move, inserts his penis into the queen’s abdominal
Welcome to the United States of America, the land of dreams. Welcome to the ideal of capitalism, of the “greatest nation of the world”. Welcome to a place where the color of your skin determines your job, where your ethnicity determines your opportunity, and where your “democratically elected” rulers will
On September 29, 2017, 23 people were killed and 39 injured after a stampede at Mumbai’s Elphinstone railway station foot over bridge. The bridge is crowded most of the time, more so during rush hours. The incident took place at 9.30 a.m. during heavy rains, which caused the stampede. The incident
What is Catalonia?
Catalonia is one of Spain's 17 autonomous regions and is located in the North-Eastern part of the country. It is a major tourism and manufacturing hub with its capital city in Barcelona. Catalonia is one of the richer regions of Spain, contributing 20% to the Spanish Gross Domestic
Elon Musk is probably one of the most well-known people of the 21st Century. Born in South Africa in 1971, he's now one of the wealthiest people on this planet, and that's not enough for him – the man wants to reach Mars. In 2016, Forbes placed him on their
In 2015, ISIS (or ISIL) was considered the most dangerous terrorist organization in the world. The group is widely known for its online presence in the form of videos that feature torture, beheadings and other types of execution of their enemies (or even on their own soldiers). They are responsible
What is Section 377 of the IPC?
Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code is an outdated and archaic rule introduced in 1860 by the British in India. It explicitly prevents sexual activities “against the order of nature” and this has been found to include homosexual activities. The punishment for violation
James Warren Jones, better known as Jim Jones was a religious and cult leader responsible for the mass suicides and death of 918 people in 1978, Jonestown, Guyana. More than 300 of the victims were children.
Jones’ dream was to create a quasi-socialist spiritual utopia. He was a racial integrationist,
This bizarre story may sound unrealistic, but it’s true and maybe even takes the cake as far as morbid goes. On 24 October 2008, Klara Mauerova 31, the mother of the then 8-year-old Ondrej and 10-year-old Jakub was sentenced to 9 years in jail for her crimes. She and other
20 students (4 girls and 16 boys) were found with cut marks in the shape of a whale on their hands, allegedly signs that they were playing the blue whale game. The class 8 and 9 students are from Kendriya Vidyalaya School No-2 Belagavi, Karnataka. The school has nearly 3000
MKUltra is the codename given to the CIA’s mind control program. The objective of the project was to develop drugs and procedures to be used in torture and interrogations. This included illegal experiments on human subjects. Their aim was to develop methods of mind control to weaken an individual to
noun \ˈyün-yən\: an organization of workers formed to protect the rights and interests of its members
In the light of the recent protests in West Bengal regarding the dismantling of student unions, it is of paramount importance that we look at the history and reasons behind student unions. While the term
A 22-year-old engineer was allegedly pushed off a moving train by RPF officials. As per reports from TOI and Change.org, on 24th August 2017, Rahul Singh was thrown off a moving train (Chambal Express) going from Delhi to Bihar. Rahul was found on the tracks in Jhansi with several injuries
An article released on Snopes (FactCheck) states that the blue whale game is not proven (unproven) to exist yet. There doesn’t seem to be enough evidence linking to the existence of the blue whale game, let alone linking the blue whale game to a death or suicide. But several deaths
Yes, the ancient form of medicine that was believed to cure illness or disease. Bloodletting was based on the principle that blood and other bodily fluids had to be in balance to maintain proper health. It involved the draining of blood from a sick person in the belief that the
As horrible as it sounds, let that depressing news sink in.
A mother in Bangalore threw her 9-year-old daughter from the terrace off her building on the 28th of August, 2017. Against all odds, Shreya (the daughter) survived, but not for long. Her mother came down from the terrace and picked
A 12-year-old schoolgirl of class VII in Tamil Nadu, India committed suicide by jumping from a 25-foot high building. The victim left a note behind claiming she was tortured by her teacher. The girl was shouted at for staining her school uniform and class bench with menstrual blood. The girl’s
Ram Rahim Singh, better known as Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is the head of the social group Dera Sacha Sauda (DSS). In 2015, he was in the top 100 list of India’s most powerful people. He has also directed several flop movies and music albums which usually portray some sort
His dad was a drug dealer and he came from a poor family. He had to pretty much wear the same clothes to school every day. Justin Payne is your regular guy, a bricklayer by trade, but catching pedophiles is his destiny. Justin felt like killing himself on few occasions, once
Stalking in India is faced by all women, old or young, foreign or Indian. Now to add to the list of dangers posed by stalkers to women (acid-attacks being one of these sick atrocities), there is now the threat of mutilation in public.
Uttar Pradesh is a State famous for
After 70 years since the Indian Constitution was first framed, the highest Court of the Country has finally given its verdict on Triple Talaq. A million Indian Muslims (mostly women) had signed the petition to end triple talaq in India. The Supreme Court has stated that triple talaq is unconstitutional
The Right to Privacy is guaranteed to every Indian. At long last do we have some clarity on the right to privacy in India. The Supreme Court ruled that the right to Privacy or individual privacy is a fundamental right, subject to reasonable restrictions.
Aadhaar is proposed to become
One self-proclaimed Godman, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in India has managed to cause unrest in large states in the country, overnight. Amassing large volumes of followers through his socio-spiritual organization - DSS (Dera Sacha Sauda), the man has been preaching spirituality since 1990. 27 Years since he is now
Honor Over Shame
In a country where arranged marriages are the norm, potential partners are vetted on the basis of complexion, caste, religion, superstition and an array of other factors. Stray from these norms and people are killed over their choice of marriage or partners. The end result is for ‘Honor’.
Superstition is the belief in the supernatural as the cause and explanation for the occurrence of something. That something is in contradiction to modern science, sometimes even logic. Baffling. There are three types of superstition. The first being the result of coincidence, the second cause and effect and the final
The term ‘blue whale’ comes from the phenomenon of beached whales which is linked to suicide.
Origin of the Blue Whale Game
Philip Budeikin, a psychology student from Russia claims to have invented the blue whale game. Why? To play God and “cleanse society of those individuals who have no value”. The