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The Effects of Price Rise on the middle class

Wrote this for the Imprint (the college monthly) as part of a competition of sorts. Please refrain from being judgemental! :P I prepared this at the last minute and it's not really my best!


Price rise. The time when that kid from a middle class family gets to eat only half as much of ‘upma’ as he/she usually would, gets only one glass of milk a day instead of two, is dragged along to the fair-price shops with his mother or grandmother to help them carry essentials back home, house rent goes up, public transport is crowded because few people can afford `70 per litre of petrol and the opposition parties are often going on strikes against a government ‘fishing the economy out from turbulence’. Everything from toothpicks to the S-Class parked at the Mercedes showroom is suddenly costly enough to elicit a second thought before purchase. Not that the average middle class breadwinner would even give a Mercedes a second thought though. Added to this is the issue of remuneration not being a…

Is the Sedition Act relevant today?

Wrote this for the Imprint (the college monthly) as part of a competition of sorts. Please refrain from being judgemental! :P I prepared this at the last minute and it's not really my best!

The last month saw the front pages of national newspapers splashed with the news of a cartoonist who went to jail for drawing pictures of an Asoka emblem with the heads of bloodthirsty wolves and of politicians in India defiling the Indian constitution. His name is Aseem Trivedi, now miraculously a symbol and inspiration for the fight against curbing of freedom of expression and speech due to his alleged imprisonment for ‘sedition’. I’m guessing that at least 50% of the newspaper-readers must have said, “What is sedition?” a few of them would have looked it up in the dictionary, a fewer still would have cared to search for the provisions of the barbaric Sedition Act.

So what is it anyway? Sedition is basically any form of expression, either through print media, the internet, or through speech, th…