Calcutta Catatonia

Since the 11th of June, one of Kolkata’s most prominent medical institutes’ gates have been closed for the first time in years, marking the fifth day of a doctors’ strike that has paralyzed medical services in the state of West Bengal. The agitation comes after junior doctors were assaulted at Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College and Hospital (NRSMCH) in Kolkata on Monday night by relatives of a patient who had died there. The state has seen nearly 700 resignations by doctors in government hospitals. Doctors across the country have come out in support of the strikes. The Indian Medical...

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Weekly World Cup Analysis By DoJMA: Week 2

The second week of the ICC Cricket World Cup has come to an end with some extraordinary cricket being played! Unfortunately, the rain put a slight dampener on things as three of this week’s eight matches had to be called off. Nevertheless, we here at DoJMA will continue to bring you up to date on this long festival of Cricket!   So, how’s everyone performed so far? With half the teams suffering a washout, the points table is still no indicator of the team’s potential, but some patterns have become visible. For one, the top 4 teams include India,...

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Interview with Mahesh Raghvan, Shravan Sridhar and Mt Aditya

  The Aurora of Quark woke up, not with a prince’s kiss, but with a hint of Carnatic masked in a veil of modern music. DoJMA caught up with Mahesh Raghvan, Shravan Sridhar and MT Aditya Srinivasan, the headlining artists for the first Aurora night of Quark’19. DoJMA: It’s a pleasure to interview you, especially after the phenomenal gig of yours. We have a few questions. All of you have been part of Marghazi reloaded. What was your inspiration behind it and how did the dynamics in this collaboration work out? Mahesh: Marghazi reloaded is a very special project....

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Weekly World Cup Analysis By DoJMA: Week 1

The ICC Cricket World Cup has been underway for a week now, and we here at DOJMA aren’t going to leave you hanging! Every week, we’ll update you with news on the matches that’ve happened, with information on some of the best performances, best cricketers, and most stunning encounters, and the intriguing match-ups that await us. The first week of this World-Cup has seen some one-sided encounters, and just as many absolute thrillers…   So, how’s everyone performed so far?  With most teams having played just one or two matches and having won one of them, the points table...

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The anticlimactic challenges to the climate change regime

Humans are at the pinnacle of technological and cultural prowess; we are propelling humongous telescopes to space and using microscopic machines to treat diseases from the inside. However, in all the sheen of this advancement, we often forget that we are just tenants on Earth. The risks at hand Rising seas and increased coastal flooding Since 1880, the average global sea level has increased by about eight inches, especially along the U.S. East Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico. The increasing worldwide temperature is accelerating this rise of water, putting low-lying coastal properties at flooding risk. More destructive...

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Election Series Article #2: BJP Manifesto Analysis

With the results of 2019 elections declared and PM Modi’s BJP coming out on top, this election was truly entertaining to follow. DoJMA analysed this year’s elections and the lead-up to it, in terms of the manifesto, that often-forgotten promise parties make for their time at the helm.  This three-part article compares the manifestos of the two major parties (BJP and Congress) in 2014, follows the way the government lived up to expectations (or didn’t) in the next five years, and looks at their manifesto promises in 2019. So, what did the parties promise in 2014? Education BJP: Promised...

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DoJMA Election Series Article #1 : Change-Makers 101

With the 17th Lok Sabha elections having come to a close, it was pertinent to look back at various factors that defined them. One important factor was the massive number of new voters, with over 80 million of them registered to vote in the elections. With increasing awareness with regards to voting and the democratic process and an immense social media campaign during the elecions, the turnout from this section was considerable. DoJMA had circulated a survey to figure out how the first time voters felt after voting and what the key issues were, according to them. We used...

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PAINT IT RED: The Republican Assault On Abortion

The reason that abortion rights have become a hot topic of late is Republican lawmaking—in the United States, several states’ governments have recently passed anti-abortion laws that have stirred up controversy around the world.   What’s gone down? Several states, including Alabama, Ohio, and Georgia, have passed anti-abortion laws, and more states are soon to follow suit. While the laws come as huge victories for the right, left-wing supporters have been very vocal in their criticism of the legislation. Among these states, Alabama’s passed arguably the most restrictive law, and as such it has been the most critically received....

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EDITORIAL: A COGNITIVE OVERDRIVE

BITS Goa witnessed the 13th edition of Quark, ‘Cognitive Overdrive’, from 1st Feb 2019 to 3rd Feb 2019. The three days were packed with events, guest lectures, workshops and Aurora nights. Though most of the fests signify a break from academic work for an average BITSian after the first year, the months of hard work that goes into making the fest was visible, more so as it had to follow skepticism of the administration after the events of the last two fests. The substantial losses inccurred by fest committees of the preceding two fests and the controversies that surrounded...

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CSA Elections 2019 : Devashish Rane, Sports Secretary

  DoJMA – So, this is the second year of the Sports Secretary post. How much impact do you think the post has made so far?   Devashish – My predecessor assumed a managerial role. He definitely eased the registration of all the teams for tournaments. The tournaments held were of a proper standard. He also brought in a lot of new things and made some lasting changes.   DoJMA – When you spoke to the team captains, were there any major revelations or concerns that were expressed?   Devashish – Yes, most sports team captain told me of their problems. There were a lot of issues raised- for example, the tennis court has tar surrounding it on which it is easy to slip and injure yourself.   DoJMA – You said you’d make an athletics club. So what exactly is an athletics club? We don’t have a running track, for one. So how are you planning on implementing that?   Devashish – The athletics club already exists unofficially. It’s something that Aashutosh Joshi (the previous sports secretary) had started. I think my job is to see (it) through and make it happen. Right now, it’s not official. There’s no funding whatsoever. Athletics club … they don’t practice on campus. They’ve found a facility in Vasco where they’ve gotten cheap rates and that’s where they plan to go three...

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CSA Elections 2019: Rohit Sawa, GenSec Candidate

Click Here to check out Rohit’s SOP and make an informed choice! DoJMA: Why do you think people should vote for you? Like why you and why not someone else? Rohit Sawa: I believe that not only proper communication but also proper groundwork is needed to hold such an important post. A person like me who has done proper research is eligible to hold this post. I have come across various issues of the campus and I have proper plans to resolve them. Along with that I also have various new reforms and initiatives that is very necessary for...

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CSA Elections 2019: Parth Deshpande, GenSec Candidate

Click Here to check out Parth’s SOP and make an informed choice! DoJMA: Hey Parth! I hope you are doing well! So let’s start with you telling us why you have applied for the post of the General Secretary?   Parth: I feel that a strong CSA is important for the proper functioning of our campus.  Since CSA represents the students, its strength will ensure that students’ grieviances are dealt with. I feel that I can be a mediator and fulfill my duties if given a chance.     DoJMA:  Why do you think you’ll be a strong GenSec?...

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CSA Elections 2019: Aseem Juneja, GenSec Candidate

Click Here to check out Aseem’s SOP and make an informed choice. DoJMA : What makes you the perfect man for the job? Aseem : Nothing is perfect. A good Gen-Sec according to me is someone who can take up responsibilities despite knowing the fact that people will blame him later on for every small complaint. I feel, being HR of DH-2, that I have a certain understanding of the workings of CSA which would thus help me in my tenure. DoJMA : What do you think is the single best thing that you are proposing as compared to...

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CSA Elections 2019: Aanak Sengupta, Treasurer Candidate

Click Here to check out Aanak’s SOP and make an informed choice. DoJMA: Why do you think that you are qualified to be the treasurer? Aanak: I have been interested in the financial workings of the college since last year. I have been seeing the way the departments and clubs function and I believe that it can happen more efficiently. There are places where we, as a student body, can improve. Every student pays Rs.450, out of which Rs.225 goes to the Student Aid Fund and the rest to the CSA fund. The entire budget is not utilised all...

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CSA Elections 2019: Avi Chauhan, Vice President Candidate

Click Here to check out Avi’s SOP and make the right choice. DoJMA: Please explain your motivation behind bringing a cycle vendor to campus. What groundwork have you done for the same? Avi: I’ve spoken to this company called Pahiya, and they are willing to come to campus. With respect to the safety of the students, I cannot guarantee this. I believe that BITSians are mature enough to take responsibility of their own safety. Moreover, there is no safe means of traveling from here to say, Zari. There isn’t even a footpath. In theory, there are equal chances of...

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CSA Elections 2019: Dhruv Kaluskar, President Candidate

Click here to read Dhruv’s SOP and get a better understanding of this interview. DoJMA: Why do you think you are a suitable candidate for the position? Dhruv: I have worked in multiple clubs and departments, I have been part of technical clubs, sports clubs and also been an integral member of lots of departments, so I know how our campus is functioning, how administration works, and I want to bring about some changes.   DoJMA: You have stated many agendas, do you have any priority order for them? Dhruv: I think that every point on my agenda is...

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CSA Reviews 2019: Mukund Rathi, General Secretary

Mukund Rathi won a tightly contested Gen-sec election and he promised to improve the campus experience for students. With an agenda including points such as the installation of washing machines in each hostels, he promised plenty. DoJMA caught up with him at the end of his tenure to find out how much has been delivered on the promises he made in his agenda. DoJMA:  Coming on to washing machines, this was the key point in your campaign. what happened to that idea? MR: I tried to contact the IFB for the same, but they weren’t ready to give warranty...

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CSA Reviews 2019: Ayush Gupta, Treasurer

The Treasurer for the year 2018-19, Ayush Gupta, was elected late as NOTA had received the highest number of votes in the Treasurer elections which happened in April. In his tenure, a few of his promises were kept. However, he failed to implement certain policies which, according to him, could not be realized due to the dependencies involved. Read the full interview below: DoJMA: The first point in your agenda stated that you will put up the budget on CSA Times as soon as possible. Why hasn’t this been done yet? Ayush Gupta: In the first semester, the budgets...

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CSA Reviews 2019: Aashutosh Joshi , Sports Secretary

As the election season approaches and new applicants prepare to contest for the various posts of CSA and the current office holders reach the end of their tenure, DoJMA talked to Aashutosh Joshi about his experience as Sports Secretary of BITS Goa, the additional challenges he faced as the first holder of this position in BITS Goa, and how he went about to fulfill the promises he made in his agenda. Being a sportsman himself might have given him a visible advantage while carrying out his duties. Even so, there are promises that remain unfulfilled due to budget constraints...

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CSA Reviews 2019: Ashutosh Tripathi, Vice-President

Ashutosh Tripathi scored a massive victory last year to become the Vice President of BITS Goa for the year 2018-19. While majority of his promises never saw the light of day, some (such as the vending machines) are still being worked upon and we might see them happening soon. DoJMA caught up with our Vice President to analyse and discuss his work on his agenda. Read on for a comprehensive dissection of the SOP and their progress.   DoJMA: How did you like your tenure? Ashutosh: It was challenging. Very challenging, in fact. When I was contesting for this...

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