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Do the Residents of Jamia Girls Hostel Not Even Deserve Elected Hostel Committees?

Discrimination

While Jamia Millia Islamia has started the practice of holding democratic elections for mess and cultural committees in the boys hostel once again, the administration, however, has chosen to discriminate against the residents of the girls hostel and unabashedly decided to not hold any elections for the same committees in the girls hostel. The practice of conducting elections for mess ...

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Misogyny: An Unending Reign of Prejudice

Misogyny

The oxford dictionary defines misogyny as, “Dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women.” However, Australian ex-Prime Minister Julia Gillard tried to redefine misogyny by saying, “Since the 1980’s misogyny has come to be used as a synonym for sexism, a synonym with a bite, but nevertheless with the meaning of entrenched prejudice against women rather pathological hatred.” Socialist ...

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How a Hindu and a Sikh Saved the Life of a Future Muslim President of India

Zakir Husain Potrait 2

[Note: If it had not been for two concerned and sympathetic strangers, one Hindu and another Sikh, Jamia Millia Islamia’s then vice-chancellor and later president of India, Dr. Zakir Husain (1897-1969) would have been murdered in August 1947 during the carnage resulting from partition of India. Years later, he described the incident in a letter to his friend, which is ...

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Making a Case for Students Union at Jamia Millia Islamia

Jamia Students Union

I write this article with the hope to break the stereotypes associated with Students Union (SU) at Jamia Millia Islamia; the university I have graduated from. Stereotypes among the professors who may consider the students union as a platform which may be used by the unruly students to bully the administration and its staff.  Stereotypes among the students who may ...

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The Power of Perception

stary night

To learn, to comprehend, to understand, to sense, interpret, regard, intuit, deduce, discover – The word has as many definitions as the number of people coming across it. As a personal understanding, I relate perceiving best with ‘feeling.’ To perceive is to feel something, to sense it from the innermost trenches of your mind and the deepest craters of your ...

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Cultivating Self-Worth

Self-confidence

Have you ever felt useless? Like you’re worth nothing? That you’re ugly and not even smart? I have. I think all of us have that one point in life where we are too afraid to do something new but are also too tired of the monotony. And I’m on that threshold right now. So when I say, I understand, trust ...

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A Voiceless Society

Gloria Steinem

Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives it. — G.D. Anderson These words by G.D. Anderson, a famous writer and feminist, stand true to the idea of feminism. Patriarchy has established its roots since time immemorial and has been regarded as the most basic social system that is prevalent ...

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Earth: Mother of Mothers

Mother Earth

According to the finance minister of Norway, mankind is not responsible for what has been happening to the Earth that we often speak of, commonly known as ‘Global Warming’. I believe its not that easy to lift a finger at the entire world. Almost each one of us believes that it is only because of our certain ‘activities’ the Earth ...

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Dr. Sughra Mehdi (1937 – 2014): Jamia Urdu Professor, Writer Extraordinaire

Prof. Sughra Mehdi (8 Aug. 1937 - 17 March 2014)

A fiction writer, an academician, a women’s rights activist, a noble soul and what not; these are the superfine elements that comprise the eminent personality of Professor Sughra Mehdi,  lovingly known as Shughra Aapa in Jamia community and among her near and dear ones. Those who have a slight acquaintance with the historical and cultural background of Jamia must be ...

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