articles by Nikita Rana

India

In 'Why Men Rape', writer Tara Kaushal conducts a rigorous investigation into sexual violence in India

Why Men Rape — An Indian Undercover Investigation, a new book authored by Tara Kaushal, deconstructs the very complex subject of rape, chipping away at the falsehoods patriarchy has perpetrated

Lifestyle

Decoding the spread of memes in time of coronavirus: From dispelling the sense to doom to providing 'edutainment'

Memes are thriving during the pandemic. Billions of people stuck at home, with access to the internet and more time than usual on their hands, means more meme-time.

Lifestyle

The Zoom party is the bridge we need in these times of social distancing and isolation; what it's like to 'attend' one

In varying degrees of enforced isolation, people all over the world have tuned to “Zoom parties”, promoting a slew of editorials about the app, and how it’s the only form of social interaction many users have during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

long-reads

Watch: Spoken word poet Jurczok 1001's verses take on the media, politics and fake news

At the very start of his poem 'New News', spoken word poet Jurczok 1001 jolts you into listening with his warning. Such warnings are interjected with false promises — of love, "great news" and news that is up-to-date. 'New News' is part of the poet's new collection titled Spoken Beats, which comprises the spoken word poems he wrote in the last decade. He performed from the collection at the last edition of the Tata Literature Live! in Mumbai.

Life

From Hum Dekhenge to Aazadi: The evolving culture of protest in India, and its role in forming public opinion

A thriving culture of protest in India is facilitating creation of original work. The beats are fast. The structure is verse/chorus/verse/chorus/bridge/chorus — typical of pop songs. The lyrics, potent.

India

Good economics for the CAA-NRC times: Banerjee, Duflo's book dispels many of our beliefs about immigration

The conspicuous exclusion of Muslims in the CAA will alter the demographic makeup of voters in states, creating a cushy vote bank for the BJP. Notably, war and natural disasters may force people to move, but otherwise, an increase in wages, better opportunity and even starvation are not enough.

long-reads

Speaking truth to power: Iqra Khilji presents 'Khabees' and 'Haq Paraston Ke Naam'

Iqra Khilji, who shot to fame with her poem Khabees, speaks about what poetry means to her and her literary inspirations

Life

Yann Martel on his book The High Mountains of Portugal, and advice for budding writers

In a conversation with Firstpost at the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2019, Man Booker Prize winning-author Yann Martel spoke about his book The High Mountains of Portugal and his upcoming book based on the Trojan War; his writing process and advice for budding writers.

Life

Audrey Truschke on her book Aurangzeb: The Man and The Myth, handling social-media backlash

In a conversation with Firstpost at the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2019, Audrey Truschke, assistant professor of history at Rutgers University, spoke about her latest book Aurangzeb: The Man and The Myth; the social-media backlash that followed upon publishing of the book, and the resulting impact.

Life

Ben Okri on his novel The Freedom Artist, fight for justice in society, and relationships among writers

In a conversation with Firstpost at the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2019, Man Booker Prize-winning novelist and poet Ben Okri spoke about his latest novel The Freedom Artist; the need to fight for justice in society, and the collaborative relationships within the writing community.

Life

James Crabtree on his book The Billionaire Raj, meeting Indian industrial magnates, and economic reforms for a better India

In a conversation with Firstpost at the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2019, author and journalist James Crabtree spoke about his latest book The Billionaire Raj; his observations on the Indian conglomerates and corporate magnates, and economic-political reforms that can spearhead India to a prosperous and stable future.

Life

Hari Kunzru on White Tears, a post-internet world, and returning to the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival

In a conversation with Firstpost at the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2019, author Hari Kunzru spoke about his writing process; his latest book White Tears; his observations on other Indian writers and his fondness for the litfest.

News & Analysis

Love, Sex aur Data: Where the line between content and sleaze is too thin

These YouTube videos are doing what everyone who wants to reach the masses does — objectify women.

News & Analysis

Indian employees don’t get along in Chinese companies? #DailyDope

Indian employees have left the Chinese companies due to various reasons.

News & Analysis

Watch: We voted for Google and Facebook, didn't we? #DailyDope

After the privacy breaches that have taken place, would these tech companies be able to safeguard the sanctity of the election procedures? Nikita Rana explores.

News & Analysis

Watch: Sexual harassment is rampant in global tech companies #DailyDope

One wonders what will happen in India, where maximum number of sexual harassment reports are generated taking place at the work place.

News & Analysis

Watch: Why do economists love Google, Facebook and Amazon? #DailyDope

Economists are studying consumer behaviour and are finding more data on citizens through social networking platforms rather than through the govt. portal

News & Analysis

Watch: Is the $16 bn Flipkart-Walmart deal worth it? How will it impact the economy? #DailyDope

Would the Flipkart-Walmart deal be worth it and do us all good in the long run? Is the question that looms over our heads.

News & Analysis

Watch: Dear WhatsApp, you have a fake news problem and it is affecting elections #DailyDope

Nikita Rana talks about how WhatsApp and other social media platforms like Facebook are increasing the danger of Fake News affecting even our elections.

News & Analysis

Watch: Learn about how Aadhaar's future hangs in a balance on Daily Dope

Daily Dope's Nikita Rana gives us the gist about the complaints registered by the petitioners and how the state has addressed the Aadhaar issue