Representation of India in Coldplay’s “Hymn for the Weekend”: Cultural Appreciation or Cultural Appropriation?
The music video of Coldplay’s famous song titled “Hymn for the Weekend”, which came out in 2016, featuring Charles Martin and Beyonce, excited Coldplay fans across the world, but mostly those in India because it was the first time Coldplay had shot a song in India and the idea fascinated the fans. It, however, was not much of a surprise that the portrayal of Indian subcontinent in the music video was a stereotypical representation of India, despite the fact that prior to the shooting of the song Coldplay had spent a significant amount of time learning about Indian culture and Indian sub-continent. This fact that Coldplay had spent a significant amount of time in India had led fans to believe that the representation would be different and would be something to celebrate rather than something to be worried about.
The article analyses various problematic elements in the portrayal of India in the music video, in light of the various criticisms of Orientalism. In doing so, the article quotes specific instances from the music video as exhibits of the arguments that are so propounded for criticising various elements of the video. The critical analysis so presented is based on three major criticisms, all of which are distinct from the other and are worth noting.
Is the resignation of Bulgaria's Justice Minister over anti-corruption protests a mark of democracy?
“People shouldn't be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.” ― Alan Moore
Democracy is the form of government that is popularly called a people’s government. In the literal sense itself, “demos” refers to people while “kracy” refers to the rule in ancient Greek language as perhaps it was found to have existed in small city-state (Polis) of Athens in Greece.
Without making it much figurative, in democracy the decisions are for and by the people at least as per what former American president Abraham Lincoln used to say. Albeit, there have been several other narratives of the modern day democracy, the afore-stated facts have not vanished completely. So in light of the recent anti-corruption protests in Bulgaria, can we say the resignation of someone who was seen to be the guard of justice is a symbol of democratic values and traditions? What are these democratic values and traditions and how do they matter to the modern day citizens? What makes a country a true and stronger democracy? At last, why do we even need a democracy?
What are Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)?
In 2015, the various governments of the world came under one roof and signed the Charter for the advent of Sustainable Development Goals, under the leadership of the United Nations. The member nations decided to collaborate and make efforts towards resolving the major problems plaguing the human race. The idea was to have the various governments collaborate to eliminate the global issue by the end of 2030, thereby leading the world towards a sustainable future.
Most of us probably dozed our way through high school and then further on delegated our way through university life in addition too never raising a hand in the mind-numbing lectures. We accepted our fate as students, after all, “It do be like that sometimes.” But should it really be the way it is becoming? Does academics need to be about googling quiz answers, with SparkNotes voted a highly used application, dictation of answers, and copied notes? Where did we lose the zeal for knowledge, the curiosity, that critical appraisal of spoon-fed information? Why have we reduced knowledge to information and data, when we were a Dead Poet’s Society and had The Breakfast Club kind of education? What went wrong? Personally, there is a fault in the astrology of education, till we removed a defining star of the constellation of knowledge-literature.
Cryptocurrencies are the collection of technologies based on Satoshi Nakamoto’s, 2009 invention. Cryptocurrencies first prevailed in South Africa and gained traction as an alternative online currency. Cryptocurrencies established themselves as an ideal currency for cybercriminals due to their unregulated nature. Cryptocurrencies have proved that a modern payment system referred to has been used in some procedures commonly associated with money laundering, hacking, cyber fraud, and other financial crimes. In this blog, I will deal with how cryptocurrencies are involved in the facilitation of criminal activity.
I am not a result of my conditions. I am a result of my choices. - Stephen Covey
The time of COVID-19 pandemic has brought an enormous change in our lifestyles originating from "ordinary" individuals being presented to "phenomenal circumstance". 2020 is the year of P’s i.e. ‘Pandemic, Protection, Production and Progress’. When we think of the word progress, something that instantly crops in our mind is a picture of us working tenaciously for our fantasy work or any serious test or might be something which needs both mental and physical association. Indeed, when we ask ourselves on how to be beneficial and dynamic both, we at times neglect to reply because of absence of direction and information on the grounds that one is occupied in running the futile way of life to win. Today the adolescent is committed to satisfy their desires however they have a place with the stage which is unique and accompanies incredible difficulties yet do you believe is this an end? NO, let me answer why?