We Refugees| Hannah Arendt

Catharsis Magazine brings to you a Sunday reading list. We start with the issue of refugees, given the issue’s magnanimity in global politics currently, and the recent executive order passed by Donald Trump, President of the United States, indefinitely suspending admissions for Syrian refugees and limiting the inflow of other refugees into the United States. In her essay, ‘We Refugees’, Hannah Arendt writes the following: … Continue reading We Refugees| Hannah Arendt

History of Marginalia | Prerna Anilkumar

Despite all its beauty, in this age of the E-book, the future of marginalia stands uncertain. In a significant move, Kindle started allowing for electronic marginalia in the form of ‘notes’. The reception of this move still being debated in various circles, one can’t deny that something of the spontaneity is lost. It seems more forced. This Coleridgean fantasy is actually not a fantasy at all. Continue reading History of Marginalia | Prerna Anilkumar

A Prisoner Of Birth-The Trial and Conviction of the Last Fuhrer

The Trial of Admiral Donitz was, according to The Times, the “Keenest legal battle of the Nuremberg Trials”. The Allies were eager to make an example of Donitz for not only heading the Reich in its last days but also for doggedly pursuing a naval war that cost the allies roughly 3,500 Merchant ships, 175 warships and 72,000 merchant and naval men. This “Battle of the Atlantic” was won at a heavy cost and Admiral Donitz was the man responsible for the pain inflicted. Continue reading A Prisoner Of Birth-The Trial and Conviction of the Last Fuhrer

Looking Through a Lens: South Africa|Tejas Rao

Internationally, South Africa has come under flak from corners following its decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court – sparking off a debate on the ‘ethics’ of foreign policy. The concept of an ethical foreign policy – contrary to all Machiavellian principles stems out of the principle of international co-operation and global communities. Continue reading Looking Through a Lens: South Africa|Tejas Rao

Pete Seeger and Protest Songs: Explosive Art| Dr. William Nunes

From invoking equality for the poor and the coloured, protesting against the ‘American carnage’ in the various unnecessary wars, urging Americans and people of the world to introspect, to pause in the moment of great action and look at things as humans, to question the government not as pessimists but as dutiful citizens, to live righteously not through submission but through cooperation and above all, to be and act like a human being, protest singers like Pete Singer, Paul Robson, Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan were a great counter attack against everything evil, using art for its most pure reason- to better the society, to invoke emotions, to show the lost path and also the light at the end of the tunnel. Continue reading Pete Seeger and Protest Songs: Explosive Art| Dr. William Nunes

History of Blue | Prerna Anilkumar

According to one theory, sky was considered to be white till we actually came up with a word for blue. The conception of this shade as a colour in our minds took its own sweet time. This thesis was further supported by a study on an old Namibian tribe which didn’t have distinct words for blue and green. Thus, language truly shaped our perception of the world.
It literally coloured our world. Continue reading History of Blue | Prerna Anilkumar

Why we owe DNS a big time | Vishal Raj Dutta

Take a moment, and imagine life without a contacts list .Imagine having to remember the phone numbers of all those you call up. All 10 digits. Goosebumps of the wrong kind, right? I mean Mom, Dad, and maybe even a significant other is doable, but in a world where laziness is the defining motto, it’d make life torturous.

The working of the Internet is somewhat in parallel lines. Continue reading Why we owe DNS a big time | Vishal Raj Dutta