India as an Emerging Superpower

Over the past two decades, India has gone from a developing economy to one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Today it reigns as an emerging superpower with significant growth in nearly all areas: population, financial markets, military and more. In 1998, APJ Abdul Kalam, the soon-to-be 11th President of India predicted the…

Cabbages and Kings

“The Walrus and the Carpenter Walked on a mile or so, And then they rested on a rock Conveniently low: And all the little Oysters stood And waited in a row. “The time has come,” the Walrus said, “To talk of many things: Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax– Of cabbages–and kings– And why the sea is…

It’s not about the unibrow

The movie currently in the eye of the storm, Padmavati, is claimed to have ‘misrepresented’ certain facts in the movie, which has made some people angry. A little too angry, I suppose.  According to them, the film shouldn’t be released until certain scenes from the movies are deleted. So many protests are taking place all…

Millennials to the Rescue

John Chrysostom, in his Homilies on Hebrews, stated that “the soul in youth is feverish, and is primarily driven by the love of glory, and luxurious living, and sensual lusts, and many other imaginations.” This might sound a little sophisticated, so let me put it this way, the ‘youth’ comprises of lazy, entitled, Snapchat junkies…

Firecracker Ban: The Exploding Question

The Supreme Court recently reinstated the ban on the sale of firecrackers in the Delhi-NCR region. This action acted as a spark to a line of potential patakhas that has drawn different responses from the society. From jubilation, disappointment, mockery to accusations of having a communal bias; the Court has now seen it all. Among…

Business Development at Legal Firms – An Umbrella View

Disclaimer: The views of the author are personal.  I am often asked – what really is your role as Business Development (BD) – Manager in a legal firm? Many have also addressed me as HR or Communication Consultants and honestly it’s perfectly fine to be confused about what BD is all about at a law…

Fencing: How a Battle for Equality Became a Battle Between the Sexes

Disclaimer: This write-up was submitted to The Blue Pencil by a male counterpart. The writer’s views are personal and shall be respected. The Blue Pencil does not take any responsibility for the same. It all started with that one fateful day. It was the day when our Chairman decided to address the issues being faced…

APOCALYPSE NOW: RISE OF THE TRIGGER-HAPPY AND THE DEATH OF REASON

“Bang bang, I shot you down Bang bang, you hit the ground Bang bang, that awful sound…” The night of October 1, 2017 started off with a bang at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, U.S.A. Followed by another, then another, and then more. The bangs were accompanied by thuds. Silent screams,…

A Letter That Concerns Us All

Disclaimer: This letter was anonymously submitted to The Blue Pencil. The writer’s views are personal and shall be respected. The Blue Pencil does not take any responsibility for the same. To the men of AIL This letter is about all anyone can talk about in college nowadays- the fences. The fence around the women’s hostel, the…

Taking a Bullet in the Name of Religion

We are all aware of the conviction of the Rockstar Baba, and how could we not be? Afterall, it was all over the news and the internet. Rather than hammering away on the same topic and reiterating all the events, I would like to look at another facet of the whole situation; the followers of…

Standpoint: Historical Triple Talaq Verdict

This article deals with the personal views of the writer and questions the extent to which the acceptance of the historical verdict will be made by the Muslim Personal Law Board. “As per Quran, divorce is essentially undesirable but permissible when needed.” ‘Talaq-e-biddat’ or instant triple talaq is a form of Islamic divorce in India…

Caged birds, no more

The free bird leaps On the back of the wind And floats downstream Till the current ends And dips his wings In the orange sun rays And dares to claim the sky But a bird that stalks Down his narrow cage Can seldom see through His bars of rage His wings are clipped and His…