Arpan Rai


Location icon India

I'm a 25-year-old Delhi-based news geek who figured early on that among several ways to serve one's country is to inform one and all by the means of reporting truth that is uncomfortable and deliberately hidden under layers.

If not scrolling Twitter feed aimlessly, I am found pinning next distant location for a getaway on a map booklet my dad used in his 20s. My strongest belief: A book over it's cinematic adaptation - always.

Preferred pronouns: She/ Her/ Hers

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Students Caught Playing Ludo, Dancing in Baisoya's DUSU office

A video floating on social media shows three students, reportedly including one Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) member, dancing around in DUSU President Ankiv Baisoya's office. This comes on as the probe into the case of Basioya's'fake' degree submission drags on. The video shows the students recording their stunt in the DUSU office in North Campus.

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MJ Akbar's Enduring Legacy? Sexual Predation & Toxic Work Culture

If a woman had walked into a newsroom run by MJ Akbar back in the 1990s, she would have been pleased to see an office staffed by many young women. The office did have men, but largely, women in their early 20s are who Akbar chose as his team of journalists.

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'Why Arrests of Writers, Lawyers and Activists Should Worry Us'

Anguished by the arrests of five human right activists, lawyers and journalists on 28 August, Delhi's Parliament Street saw politicians, activists, professors and students condemning the move to 'suppress the significant voices' of the society in a protest on Thursday, 30 August.

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How DU Delayed Ankiv Baisoya's Degree Probe & Avoided Re-Election

Why did the Department of Buddhist Studies, where Baisoya is currently enrolled, take two months to get clarity from the Thiruvalluvar University? Why didn't the Department Head KTS Sarao act swiftly to resolve the issue? When The Quint spoke to Sarao, he said, "We have sent a letter, they have not responded yet.

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If Elections Were to Happen Today, BJP Is In Lead: Prashant Kishor

"The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is still in the lead," said Prashant Kishor, poll-strategist-turned-politician, during an interaction with Barkha Dutt on Sunday, 14 October. The founder of Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC) head, however, refused to predict who will win the race in 2019. "Wish I knew the answer.

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A Step at a Time: How Kerala Can Start Picking up the Pieces

How can Kerala inch closer to rebuilding itself after floods? The chief minister has sounded a call for a "New Kerala", that is not merely bringing Kerala back to what it was before the floods, but to now create a revamped state.

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Pinjra Tod: Fresh Protests Against Curfew at Women's Hostels in DU

Students from various colleges and universities gathered at Arts Faculty in North Campus on Wednesday and asked the varsity's proctor to respond to their charter of demands. According to the students, the proctor did not address the demands of the students, following which the Mall Road on the campus was blocked.

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St Stephen's Cancels Mamata Invite, Ex-Students Say Bowing to Govt

St Stephen's College landed itself in an embarrassing spot on Saturday after it withdrew the invite extended to Trinamool Congress Party supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who was expected to deliver a talk and interact with the students on 1 August, Wednesday.

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Explained: Why Are Monsoons Flooding Homes in Kerala?

In a capsule, rivers and rains alone cannot be blamed for Kerala's flooding. The river is making its way into the homes of people, because, over the years, the city has encroached river bodies. The state government was bound by its duty to protect Kerala's blanket - the Western Ghats - and to further disallow proposals for quarrying, construction work and deforestation.

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