The Connectere brings forward the mind’s eye and panoramic view of the young writing enthusiasts on various topics

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Just another student with a general aversion to human beings, who finds solace in all things fictional. She appreciates (brutal) honesty, (dark) humor, (reserved) intellect and (home-made) rajma-chawal.

Happiness

How much money can lead to happiness?

“Money can’t buy happiness” is a very popular saying. “Whoever said money can’t buy happiness didn’t know where to shop”, generally used as a retort to the previous statement, is even more popular. That is probably not the best way to put it, but money does possess the power to make people happy for the sole reason that it provides security.

The definition of security differs from person to person. For some it means having enough food and not worrying about expenses while shopping for groceries. For some it means being able to afford a house without worrying about how they are going to repay the mortgage. Again for some it means being able to send their children to good schools and colleges. Whatever form security acquires, it is an undisputed fact that having money relieves people of the stress of sustenance.

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Trump vs Twitter: Tweet For Tat

The list of controversies involving US President Donald Trump is quite extensive, and 2020 has added a good many items on it. From his apparently “inadequate” response to the novel coronavirus to his mediations on reformatting G7, Mr. Trump has been a frequent face on the front pages of national and international news publications. The recent face-off of Trump with Twitter has sparked heated debates over the issues of free speech and media liability, and he has once again succeeded in making it to the front-page headlines.

Euthanasia

Euthanasia- Is This A Justified Murder?

One of the most heated arguments in the field of medical ethics arises on the subject of euthanasia. Also, known as mercy killing, euthanasia is the act of intentionally ending someone’s life to relieve them from pain and suffering (usually due to some terminal health condition). In fact, the word, derived from the Greek language, literally means “good death”. 

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The LGBTQ Movement in India: Repealing Section 377

September 6, 2018, was indeed a historic day for the LGBTQ community in India. On this day, a five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court of India passed a judgement of epic proportions to repeal the provisions of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and thereby decriminalising consensual same-sex relations. People all over the country expressed their jubilation at what seemed like a revolutionary transformation at the core of India’s orthodox mentality, but achieving this feat was not an overnight task. Since the beginning of this millennium, efforts were being made by the proponents of homosexuality to do away with the parochial terms of Section 377, and after numerous failures and disappointments, the country finally took a huge step forward in the path of liberalism and a free society.

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Saudi-Russia Oil Price War: A Lesson in Mean-Field Game Theory

Adding fuel to the fire is a very well-known idiom, and not without reason; as is evident in the current global oil scenario, adding, or rather, producing more oil has ignited a fire in the form of an oil price war, which is likely to engulf and char all those involved in it. Following on the heels of the corona pandemic, nations have declared lockdowns, thus putting a near full-stop to industrial activity and transportation and causing a steep decline in the demand for crude oil. The resultant disequilibrium in the oil market has naturally pushed oil prices to a new low, an anomaly further aggravated by a conflict of interest between Saudi Arabia and Russia, two of the biggest oil-producers,  thus leading to a Saudi-Russia Oil Price War.

The Endowment Effect

The Endowment Effect

Since time immemorial, conclusions have been drawn and the subtle eccentricities of human behavior have been converged to a standardized hypothesis under the (overly simplifying) assumption of Homo Economicus. Homo economicus, the economic man, is the assumption that all men (and women) are rational, led by narrow self-interest, always seeking to maximize personal utility for monetary and non-monetary gains at all costs. To put it simply, this assumption of the rational human being could not be any less “human”, as has been proved throughout history during several economic and political crises.

COVID-19: Crippling Life and Growth

The world has been far from perfect in recent times; a slump in global demand, rise in international terrorism, emergence of new trade wars among leading economies and disagreements over climate change are only some of the issues that the world is struggling with. People all around the world would wake up, discuss these issues over their morning cup of tea, and then go about their lives as usual, not giving much thought to these issues as long as they did not disrupt their routine. No one, not even the giants on Wall Street or the intellectuals at the UN, could predict the emergence of something that would take people’s minds off of everything else, and bring the world to a standstill.

What Wise Old Men Taught Economies: Part 3: Compassionate Capitalism

On one end of the socio-economic spectrum are the principles of a market-driven economy, with private ownership of the means of production; on the other end, the ideals of economic inclusion of all through public ownership and government influenced market prices to hold. The age-old debate between capitalism and socialism has only intensified with time, and heated arguments over the superiority of one over the other are omnipresent in all discussions on the social and economic structure of a nation.

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