Essay in English

Shuddhshar always strives to finding new ways to satiate the intellectual appetite of its readers. Towards that end, we have added an Op-Ed section—the latest addition to Shuddhashar’s repository of intellectual tools. We aim to build a constellation of columnists from diverse backgrounds who would, from their unique perspectives, produce commentaries on contemporary sociopolitical issues and events that demand rigorous scrutiny, constructive criticism, and sober reflections. We also encourage our readers, especially those who live under the yoke of a repressive state apparatus, to use this platform to speak truth to power by penning columns and engaging in lively discussions in the comments section.

Do we need to protect the constitution? Constitution and Democracy in India

Contested Constitution?             As we celebrate ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ marking the 75th year of Indian independence, serious questions regarding constitutional order and morality underline the observances. At one level, these questions have been provoked by debates on democracy backsliding and rising majoritarianism in India. Global publications like Economist Intelligence Unit and Varieties of Democracy …

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Digitalization of the Educational Landscape in India: Responses to “Teaching and Learning in a Pandemic”

Introduction by Latika Gupta and Chaise LaDousa: For Shuddhashar FreeVoice’s Education issue, published May 2022, Latika Gupta and Chaise LaDousa described their conversation in which they identified and discussed some of the issues that have been confronting educators in India since the onset of the pandemic. One of its consequences for teachers was a complete …

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Goodbye, Iconoclasts

I got into a minor Twitter spat with a prominent author the other day, and rather than continue to argue his point, he blocked me. I’d called him out on a particularly egregious tweet, pure unfounded innuendo and fear-mongering around the new Covid variant, casting all governments and corporations as evil and everything wrapped up …

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Looking back over the three decades of Shuddhashar

Shuddhashar has entered its third decade this year. The journey has neither been smooth nor planned out in detail. The story began in December 1990 with a youthful passion for poetry and literature that soon grew into an aspiration to influence the broader culture and society. The hope was to bring about a change in …

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Abortion Laws in Africa

Abortion Law in Africa is an important subject that deserves attention. When examined closely, there are significant disparities in how various African countries address the challenges of abortion. Nigeria, Ghana, and South Africa are three countries that give a fantastic foundation for such an examination. This is partly owing to the fact that there is …

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African Philosophy

African philosophy is a critical topic for discussion, especially since indigenous knowledge and intellectual thought in Africa remain undervalued. Pascah Mungwini claims that the theory of Africa’s colonial history comprises nomenclature that has contributed towards the misrepresentation or degrading of indigenous knowledge within institutions to retain colonial authority and control (Mungwini 1). Unsurprisingly, mistrust of indigenous …

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Small dick energy

At a recent “Black Lives Matter”  protest in Bratislava, I saw some young women holding signs that read: “racism is small dick energy”. This isn’t a uniquely Slovak phenomenon, just a slogan that has been used at similar protests around the globe. How is it possible that a group of people seeking justice, equality, sensitivity …

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Choose your Dystopia (from these approved options)

Mark Zuckerberg’s media empire is dangerous. Under a new and innocuous name – Meta – the company will pursue its ambitions to create and control a new series of lucrative digital interfaces. The Metaverse, as it shall be known, is a step towards a digital dystopia, the kind science fiction writers have conjured up for …

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Masculinity tropes: The Unaddressed Battle between African Men and their Mental Health

Certain masculinity tropes are implanted and imprinted into the minds of African males from a very young age in many African cultures. These masculine stereotypes about what it means to be a man are rapidly internalized by the male gender, reflecting the influence of society. As mental health becomes more freely discussed in many areas of …

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