Chamar is a line of innovative gender-neutral handbags, backpacks, and belts introduced at the fourth edition of the Circular Design Challenge (CDC) at FDCI x Lakmé Fashion Week. They were handcrafted by Dharavi-based leatherworkers and cobblers using recycled rubber gathered from discarded tyres. Designer Sudheer Rajbhar chose them because they belong to a Dalit caste hit hard by the 2015 beef ban. The fashion line is to showcase their craft heritage and shed light on the social conditioning against the oppressed.
After the severe and just backlash advertisements by deodorant brand Layer’r received, the information and broadcasting ministry was quick to take action against it for encouraging rape culture. YouTube and Twitter were asked to take down the ads for 'detrimental portrayal' of women. The ads were illegal because they came under the category of content that people may host, display, upload, modify, publish, transmit, store, update or share to insult or harass someone on the basis of gender.
Bengaluru's water scarcity problem is not a secret. However, the other side of the coin - urban flooding - is not as commonly known. The Puravankara Group has been building homes for the past 47 years. It is now trying to secure water sources in the city using sustainable methods. The focus is replenishing groundwater levels and rainwater harvesting. The company has partnered with BIOME Environmental Trust for research and policy advocacy. The company is now constructing and rejuvenating various open wells.
When Penguin Books published the novel 'Lady Chatterley's Lover', the publishing house was sued for obscenity. The famous novel by DH Lawrence holds great cultural significance because it was the centre of a test of Britain's new censorship law. Penguin called 35 witnesses including men and women to stand. After three hours of deliberation, a unanimous verdict acquitted the firm on account of freedom of expression. Since then, the copy carried by the judge has become historically important for the annotations.
The US is notorious for shooting massacres and many blame the lack of regulation on gun ownership. However, Norway and Finland have similar levels of gun ownership but are the safest societies internationally. Researchers are now talking about civilised and de-civilised gun cultures. In the former, gun ownership is associated with respect and responsibility. In the latter, it empowers the criminally minded and unstable. However, countries like Finland and Switzerland have higher rates of suicide using guns.
Author Vauhini Vara's debut work 'The Immortal King Rao' is garnering praise for challenging the boundaries between the historic and the dystopian fiction. It also raises a very important question: Can anything compensate for the historic injustices of caste? Her protagonist is also trying to rise above the ranks and become a tech entrepreneur to achieve his dreams. The most intriguing part of the book is the dystopian turn it takes. However, in the era of meta, the events of the book are not far-fetched.