On June 3rd this year, Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, announced free metro and bus rides for women. While this is a new initiative by the Delhi government, it did spark some debate. After a few days of announcement of it, when Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia took a bus ride, enquiring with approximately fifty women regarding the government’s novel initiative, none of them seemed unhappy about it. A strong wave of women, all over Delhi, expressed their ire over the “freebies”, and stated that they can afford their travel expenses. While this surely shows how independent and self-reliant women are, it simultaneously echoes their already privileged position.

The initiative will prove to be a major leg up for women who are poor and underprivileged, who hail from the lowest rungs of the strata of society. These women work as house-maids, labors, sellers of various items on the bursting streets of Delhi, and are engaged in some other petty work of the same ilk, to earn a living and make both ends meet.

Their monthly income nears somewhere to seven to eight thousand, of which they unfortunately spend two to three thousand on travels, either by e-rickshaws or on foot. Metro, to them, is a luxury.

Added to this, metro is also a relatively safer means of commute system when compared to auto or bus rides. By making it free, not only women from deprived classes will be able enough to save some money, but their safety, which else compromised, also shall be guarded. The safety issue springs up for women of all classes, who are a part of late night commuters by metro.

The Delhi Metro Railway Corporation (DMRC) will incur no losses. The funding of the entire initiative is entirely under the ambit of Delhi government. The mere presumption of tax hike and the skepticism that male citizens will eventually have to bear its brunt holds no solid grounds.

Many critique its underpinning, knotting it with a move to bolster AAP’s vote bank for the upcoming Assembly elections which is due for the year 2020. But again, if at all it is a  ‘poll plank’, it is a better strategy than fomenting religious or communal hatred, or hinting at majoritarianism, or disseminating disinformation to the masses through the sheer power of rhetoric.

This maneuver is one of the many affirmative actions that should be taken to empower women, since centuries of neglect and discrimination. Since it came to power, the Delhi government has taken many steps for the overall public welfare of the city.  This new undertaking should not be leveled with gender equality. It is primarily about empowerment; because, say, have we ever seen men get uneasy with or question the unequal pay to women for the same job?

Even when a woman carries the same number of bricks as that of a man, she would be paid less because of the entrenched, stereotyped dynamics that are still linked to gender. So, free metro and bus travels are rather related to emancipation, than equality.

This inventiveness forms a part of a larger framework of enterprises needed to give freedom to women and enfranchise them.

All You Need To Know About Fashion at Delhi University

Delhi University is the heart of all the fun and frolic that surrounds the inhabitants. We as students encounter so many different styles to dress each day when we move out.

Someone with a palazzo and hair tied in a bun and there you see the other with a trouser and a shirt sitting and indulging at McDonalds! From Kamala Nagar to Hudson to Chhatra Marg to Vishwa Vidyalaya metro station, we find groups of people in their teens or early twenties having the time of their lives.



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Delhi University has become a hub where people eat for themselves, dress for themselves, dance or sing or drive. They have seen life in a way no one else has. People from all over the country are bound by a university, a university that is more often a culture, a tradition that we follow. This culture, I bet, cannot be found in any part of India other than the colleges here. We revel with each other, survive the harsh realities of life and surrender to the bounty of what might come next in the roller coater.

The fashion trends change like day and night. Delhi University is a place where whatever you wear becomes a trend, only if you’ve got the knack to carry it well. You might have hair till your knees or you might just want to chop it off. If you are confident of your looks, it becomes something everyone admires. This place has so much to offer, such a wide arena of thoughts and societies and events to invest your time in that you forget about the hardships or the academically inclined worlds you might once have been a part of.


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Been at Sudama’s? No, it’s not a five star hotel. It’s just a tea stall outside Hansraj Hostel. But there lies the fun! Be it any time of the day, students are littered around the campus and found dunking in a food stall or casually roaming with friends, window shopping, increasing book collections or shouting out with fervour. May be the drama lies much ahead.


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Fests come next. But before they come, they bring with themselves so much of entertainment. All the colleges are stuffed with students, activists or DUSU members (who just have to be everywhere). Elections are another phase in Delhi University. The other day I was walking by the campus and a group of a particular party came, shook my hand and handed me a pamphlet asking me to vote for their candidate. And you know what the funny part is? Elections in DU are scheduled to be in September! It is another mad period.

NEW DELHI, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) candidates for the Delhi University Student Union elections Satender Awana, President, Sunny Dedha, Vice President, Anjali Rana Secretary and Chayrapal Yadav, Jt Secretary celebrating after winning all the four posts in the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) elections, at Delhi University on September 12, 2015 in New Delhi, India. The polling was held in two phases on Friday and it saw a turnout of over 43%, a slight dip from last year's 44%. A total of 1,35,298 students were eligible to exercise their franchise. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

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It is said that once you come here, you just belong here. You might not enjoy anywhere else. You have not connect to any other place.

Delhi University gives you an identity, an identity that will stay with you till you are, till you fit in. How can you just let go of it?

Ladies coach of Delhi metro is not always smooth: read here.

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Everything you need to know to set foot in DU!

The Big Indian Family Tradition goes back to the days when marks were categorised in divisions. Though we seldom hear people these days saying “Hey! I passed with a first division.”, the tradition of family happiness and prestige associated with the marks of the ward has undergone no significant change. Ask a child who just entered the plus two section as to what is called pressure. He could provide you with the most appropriate answer, may be something more pragmatic than what even the Oxford dictionary could! The pressure to score a good percentage in boards is not enough. Don’t be blindfolded to think that the rat race ends after securing a 94 or 95 percent. Then comes the pressure of getting into a good university.

The University of Delhi, being one of the most prestigious universities in India is the abode of students from all over the subcontinent and even beyond. Every year after the board results are announced, the rush in trains and flights heading towards Delhi is a trademark of its grandeur. The University was established in the year 1922 with only three colleges being affiliated to it namely, St. Stephen’s College, Hindu College and Ramjas College. The growth of Delhi University has been commendable as presently it holds 16 faculties, 86 academic departments, 77 colleges and five other recognised institutes spread all over the city, bustling with more than a million students who proudly call themselves DUites!


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Admission to the University of Delhi was a simple affair till the previous year. This year, 2016, owing to the Digital India campaign, most of the process is online. This proved to be a cumbersome task. After the announcement of the first cut off, students had to update their college and course on the online portal where they had already created an account during the time of registration. The problem arose when the site could not function effectively due to the mass of data being changed, rectified and printed every second. The students were seen running from one cyber cafe to the other all over the campus. This was because the change in the process was never explained beforehand.

The original documents were submitted to avoid multiple admissions. This was a prick also, as the cancellation process turned out to be another Herculean task. First the admission had to be cancelled on the online portal, its hard copy to be shown in the college concerned and finally, after its verification, the original documents were returned to the student. And then again, back to square one! The other college required the same processes to be conducted by the candidate all over again.


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The newspapers were filled with students complaining about the intricate system of admissions this time, about the rush and the delay. Even after having sky-high cut-offs, every college, be it in the North Campus or the South, saw a never ending line of thirsty, perspiring students waiting for their turn to be admitted into the University.

Three cut-off lists are already out, two more to go and seeing the fall in the cut-offs, many cancellations and admissions would be done! What is to be kept in mind is that the entire process should be crystal clear before a candidate goes for admission into any of the colleges. This would save time and energy as they won’t have to be running after people sitting on Help Desks (though the people at the Help Desk were really really helpful) to ask what to do next.

Many students face a dilemma when they get a better college but not their choice of course. In a battle between a college and a course, one should always prefer the course. The college’s name would be there just for the next three years with you, but what you study now would remain with you for a lifetime. After all, it’s Delhi University! Who cares?

And, one reminder, DO NOT cancel your admission in a college before confirming with the other college regarding your eligibility. Some subjects like Physical Education, Fine Arts, Informatics Practices, Painting etc. are not included in the Best of Four aggregate. There were students, I saw, who were denied admission because the college did not consider their choice of subject as a legitimate one. Also, if you have to do Honours in a subject that you haven’t studied in class 12th, Delhi University deducts 2.5% from your aggregate. Keep that in mind!


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Finally, YOU are the creator of your journey. No one knows the destination. But the journey has to be worthwhile, isn’t it? So, a hearty congratulations to all those who got admission already and good luck to the ones who are still waiting for their turn! To the students of 11th and 12th, all I’d say is that concentrate on your boards right now, for the University’s cut off lists are in to give you the worst nightmare of your life! All the best!

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