Author: Aryaman Sood

Adoption is a long, taxing, and complicated process. It often takes years for an individual or a couple to successfully adopt a child. Yet, despite the best efforts of adoption agencies and regulatory state authorities to find a suitable home, these arrangements don’t always work out. In an ideal world, the bond between an adopted child and his parents wouldn’t be any different from that...

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The military of a country is often seen as the institution that embodies national pride. With a global rise of right-wing nationalism, the armed forces have been brought to the forefront as the sacrifices of soldiers are valorised in popular culture. Despite those within these forces often complaining of the futility of war, their tragic reality is that they have been reduced to pawns in...

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When I was a child, my visits to the family general physician were way different from what I experience today. The first stark difference from my present experience is that my doctor was not someone valued solely for the degrees on his wall; rather he was considered an extension of the family. Everyone from my immediate to my extended family considered his word the gospel...

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Periodically, modern society is shaken to its core by a heinous crime that often questions one’s faith in the people around them. It is foolish to assume that such crimes only come about on rare occasions. In fact, crimes like murder, dismemberings, rapes, among others, have multiple victims daily. The difference between those and the ones we shall focus on is that by lottery, some...

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A key gripe with the structure of the education system is that it focuses on all the wrong things. Holistic education should be geared, not towards giving you answers, but rather towards teaching you how and what to question. The idea of critical thinking, therefore, is one that aims to provide all young minds with an equal platform from which one can think. In...

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As the pages of history turned, the wealthiest states often turned out to be those with the greatest access to resources and technology. In some cases, where resources are aplenty but there is an absence of the technology required to harness their full potential, economic success is harder to observe. Colonial powers from the West, for example, made the best use of their advanced technology...

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On the first view, it is glaringly obvious that gender discrimination is magnified in a corporate sphere. It goes beyond wages and often operationalises itself in social interactions, behaviour in formal meetings, and of course, power dynamics at work. Women are often spoken over, their voices ignored or simply not accorded the same credibility and their mobility slowed down. In Neo-conservative circles, the wage gap...

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Since time immemorial, the human race has been locked in conflict. In the feudal age, this conflict would be over control and influence over land and people. In the 21st century, with territorial colonialisation firmly in the past, wars should be going down. Most nation-states are happy with their borders and active wars between countries are rare. We have adopted different forms of warfare, economic...

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In the 21st century, with the world in the midst of an environmental crisis, resources are becoming scarcer than ever before. Organisations like the United Nations are coming out with reports, almost annually, detailing how the clock is ticking and what we have done to the planet is irreversible. As with any crisis this serious, people have sought to understand the reasons behind the same....

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