Do societies really make your grades hit rock bottom, or is it time to turn the finger towards yourself? Often, the will to get the best of both worlds is all you need.

Usually academic fulfillment is the primary motive of school, while holistic development is that of a college. For the purpose of grooming an individual on an all-round basis, colleges across the university harbor a wide array of cultural and non-cultural societies open for participation to all students, irrespective of course and credentials. The selection procedure entails a rather long drawn-out audition cycle that is necessary for evaluating the credibility of a potential entrant.

Both cultural and non-cultural societies engage in a lot of work that essentially requires a high degree of commitment. Being a part of a college society demands undivided attention, free from external influence of any kind. A likely situation may arise prior to and during the annual festival season. The cream societies of the university are under pressure to maintain their legacy, and the budding societies face dire stress of making it to the top. In the face of these difficult circumstances, students usually find themselves in a fix. It gets utterly impossible to be able to keep a stable record of lectures and remain wary of the repercussions. But then again, that is precisely how student-run organisations, societies and clubs function. They base their working on the acquired, sometimes innate, ability of their members to multitask well. The least that can be expected from an undergraduate student, willfully a part of some society, is efficient management.

As is very rightly said, with great power comes great responsibility. It is time that students start understanding the severity of the same. Whilst being a part of a college society is an accomplishment in itself, maintaining a decent grade point average stands at equal footing. A society, no doubt, requires its members to sometimes miss lectures and it may, in worst cases, result in loss of both attendance and conceptual knowledge. But that should not make room for ready acceptance of ill fate. In scenarios like these, wisdom lies in putting in an extra effort to make up for all the lost time, by personally requesting teachers in-charge to take tutorials in their free time. This will ensure steady growth, both academically and professionally, and will also leave a positive impression on the teacher.

The ingrained blueprint of school days takes less than a month to wear off in the face of collegiate novelty. It is, in fact, true that college students study most of the text on their own and need little help with the rest. The days of incessant pampering and spoon-feeding have long gone, and it is imperative to let that fact sink in. It is not as difficult, as it is laborious, to make notes on one’s own and clarify doubts. There is no better way of keeping track than to take notes on a routine basis and reach out to the professors in case a doubt arises.

College societies are a professional arena and follow precise modus operandi, in accordance with which practice timings are determined. Their functioning is such that it leaves ample room for attending certain lectures. Also, considering the final score sheet carries a weightage of 5% attendance in each paper, colleges provide to their society members a compensation bill which helps settle the attendance score card for all the classes missed. A benefit of this kind is like ambrosia for ECA students and should not, in any way, make allowance for excuses regarding a dilapidated academic score.

The societies are as much a part of the educational institution as any scholarly establishment is, and consequently, bound to follow the university calendar, which stands witness to the various events and examinations throughout the year. And the societies do suspend work for almost a month and a half before semester-end examinations. The preparatory leave is also bountiful and makes for a wholesome study environment.

The benefits that a person reaps from working actively for a society prove fruitful in the long run. But it should also be kept in mind that it is not so at the cost of academic forfeiture. There are people who manage their score, their professional pledge, and work simultaneously with ease and meticulousness. It is only intention that helps these students function tirelessly.

So the next time you find yourself brainstorming on an idea to use ‘commitments’ as an excuse for not scoring well, remember that good management, coupled with a strong intent to fare well in exams, can make all the difference in the world!


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Lakshita Arora

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Aarzoo has reached into Delhi’s communities and ignited the untapped potential of many women and children. Nidhi Lamba and Deeganta Datta (Fellows) were shocked by what they found in their classrooms. The children were never encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities. Yet plenty of students were inclined towards the arts. Many kids were interested in dance, theatre and performing arts, but their mothers seemed wary of allowing participation. The pair were taken aback, but realized that many of the mothers stayed home alone and were restricted to the meagre income earned by their husbands (if anything). The community also suffered from rampant domestic violence and substance abuse. For a group that didn’t have the chance to complete school, learning dance or theatre provided a welcome creative, productive outlet. “Most of them felt they were dependent on their husbands and also wanted to learn skills that could be used to get a job or earn money,” says Nidhi. “They were so intrigued, they said: ‘even we want to do it!” So, Project Aarzoo began as a performance showcase of 40 kids in Shahdara (and their mothers), which grew to a production featuring 350 students and aims to reach 6500 kids in the future!


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The latest video, showing the members of St. Stephen’s College’s ANGA taking a pledge on Valentine’s Day to promote misogyny, has caused a furore on the internet.


A video making the rounds of social media since 14th February, showing the members of St. Stephen’s College’s Alnutt North Gentlemen’s Association (ANGA) taking a pledge, has been grabbing a lot of eyeballs lately. The oath is taken in the Alnutt North men’s residence block alongside the block tutor every year, and has been a part of ANGA’s V-Day tradition for quite some time now. It is a ritual not unlike Hindu College’s Damdami Mayi Puja of the Virgin Tree on every Valentine’s Day. An eyebrow-raising aspect of it, however, lies in the fact that the men, in the name of “Liberty” and building a “paramount egalitarian fellowship”, simultaneously pledge “to philander exclusively with men” and to “promote among them all misogyny”.

A source, not wishing to be named, clarifies that though most of the boys participate in the ritual and head out for an ice-cream afterwards, it is nota compulsory oath. They are even told in advance, ‘supposedly’, that the pledge is all in good fun. It is not meant to be taken seriously under any circumstance, and the issue was never given such publicity or brought under the limelight before. With social media providing instant access these days and the video going viral, however, ANGA has come under direct attack from various student groups, some of which even claim to have been protesting in vain against the ritual for quite some time.

Responding to the immense backlash, ANGA states, “We as members of the ANGA family and the larger Stephanian family have always upheld its values actively, supporting the ideas of gender equality. The ANGA oath has traditionally been a mockery meant to take a dig at the institutionalised inequality that exists in our society. It was a clear expression of sarcasm… we believe that it is not right to exaggerate it to such a large extent… at the end of the day, we all belong to the larger Stephanian family. We will, in the future, continue to fight for issues of gender inequality. We are extremely saddened by this kind of misinterpretation of our intentions… [This was] never intended to start a war against the other gender.”

Caught between a battle of interpretations by DU’s various feminist students and women’s groups, and a round of clarifications by ANGA itself, the ritual stands contested. Whether this, or even the rituals like the one followed by Hindu College, ought to be followed or not, is an entirely separate debate altogether. As of now, the spotlight is on ANGA.


Deepannita Misra

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Bob Dylan, the singer – songwriter won the Nobel in the Literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song traditions”. With that the earth came to a halt, figuratively of course.  The Pandora’s box that opened included two important issues – limitation of the current definition of literature and lack of diversity of Nobel laureates.

The whole community had their views regarding this event, while some people like Philip Pullman, Salman Rushdie and Joyce Carol Oates welcomed the decision, others were flabbergasted at the possibility of a songwriter being placed in the category of literature. Ruskin Bond called it a “great insult to all the writers who have already received the award and also to those who rightly deserve it” Jodi Picoult tweeted “I’m happy for Bob Dylan. #ButDoesThatMeanICanWinAGrammy?”.

Did Bob Dylan really deserve the Nobel Prize for literature? The answer to this question may vary, but can a songwriter bag a prize for literature? I think yes.

What is literature? Literature, as I understand is not just written text but a combination of lyrics and art as well wrapped around in a light thread, the definition of which is still expanding. When discussing the aspects of a century or a particular time frame, the lyrics and the discourse caused by them is also discussed.

It does not have a well bounded definition and it should not. In earlier times, there was no collective definition of literature. During pre literature, literature mainly constituted of oral traditions like folklore, folk songs etc which were an amalgamation of the societies history, their culture. It is an expansive art that continues to grow in all directions as we speak.

Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan’s song lyrics have been a part of the academic syllabus where themes, motifs, structure etc is discussed just like other literature pieces are examined and the lyrics have been a platform for research and academic papers as well.

The other, more recent conversation is questioning the whole Nobel Prize establishment itself. With 867 awards distributed since 1901, just 46 have been awarded to women. The demographics show that western countries have received a disproportionately high number of awards igniting a conversation about the lack of diversity and the reinforcement of hierarchy especially when the rumoured list of nominees for literature included Ngugi wa thiono’o from Kenya and Ali Ahmad Said Esber (Adonis) from Syria which have received one and zero Nobel Prize for Literature respectively.

The Nobel Prize this year has not been without controversy but it has opened up important discussions about the boundaries of a category, whether there is a need to have more categories, questioning of the procedure and decision making that goes on when deciding the nominee for the Nobel and why there is a large disparity in the awards.

Adarsh Yadav

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In October 1949, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, in his speech to the members of the Constituent Assembly, said “You will not have a united India if you do not have a good All-India Service which has an independence to speak out its mind.” Ever since then, civil services have known to play a crucial role in all the administrative systems of the state, with its persistent influence affecting all the citizens, in some way or another. Today, as a result, millions of ambitious students aspire to make their voices heard, and are determined to create a difference in the society by contributing towards the betterment of the Indian governance system in whichever way they can, and as much as possible.

Although mostly considered as a ‘dream career’, the road to success to this safe haven is anything but a dream ride. It does not only require a significant show of talent, intelligence and ambition to get it, but also an enormous amount of passion, dedication and perseverance to make it (Or break it!) for a career which is just as challenging and attractive in the beginning, as it is rewarding and satisfying in the end.

The aspirants of Indian civil services thus, favor the top three services such as IAS, IPS and IFS for which UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) conducts an exam for recruitment. These services are much sought after due to their recognition of being bestowed with great power to bring about societal development, and encompassed by all means one can ever aspire for such as prestige, status, honor, salary amount, job security, foreign tours, etc.

Before we take you through the Top Services, read about these 5 Amazingly Badass Bureaucrats You Would Be Proud To Know.

However, every now and then, speculations abound and one reels under confusion. Thus, in an attempt to remove this uncertainty of whether or not to choose civil service as a career, following is a brief comparison between the 3 main kinds of services and why each of them should ever be considered by different kinds of people.

IAS (Indian Administrative Service):-

Being an IAS officer, one is entrusted with the responsibility of administering laws of the land, development schemes and each and every affair of the district. They are the policy makers and executors of all final decisions of the state. This service also provides them with an opportunity to work in a tremendous variety of fields such as social sector, security, law and order, agriculture, finance, etc. Thus, this service is best suited for aspirants who like working in different spheres and love interacting with all kinds of people, as compared to those who are limited in their area of work and get satisfied by excelling in one particular field only.

However, the job’s routine is pretty unpredictable. Along with long durations of travel postings, one also always needs to be on his/her toes in the times of any unforeseen circumstances. Therefore, intellectually sharp people with a tough and reflexive attitude would make for some great IAS officers.

IPS (Indian Police Service):-

Being an IPS officer, one is entrusted with the authority to look after some of the most essential issues of the state such as public safety and security, law and order, traffic control, crime detection and prevention, etc. IPS officers can also go on to work with many central police organizations or head intelligence agencies such as CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) or CID (Crime Investigation Department) to solve crime investigations, provide security for VIPs or tackle counter-terrorism.

In the wake of increasing terrorist threats, criminal attacks and trafficking, a job of an IPS officer may seem like the most dangerous one of all. However, after solving an unpredictable case or serving justice to the wrong doers, the satisfaction brought to their soul is unmatched to any other feeling in the world, and worth all the efforts and dangers put in to complete their job. Therefore, those who are incredibly goal oriented, intellectually stimulating, can think ‘outside the box’ and possess a burning desire to serve the people of the society in the best possible way, will be the ones considered for this type of career.

IFS (Indian Foreign Service):-

As an IFS officer, one deals with all the external affairs of the country that involve framing and implementation of foreign policies, and issues related to diplomacy, trade and inter-cultural relations. An IFS officer spends most of his/her time abroad (almost two-third of his/her entire career) and only one third of career in India to serve at the headquarters of the Ministry of External Affairs. IFS officers get to chose three places of their choice out of the number of vacant posts circulated, and are also allowed to take their parents abroad with them.

By being given a full opportunity to travel the world, embrace new cultures and enjoy life to the fullest, the job of an IFS officer may actually turn out to be tons more exciting and life-changing than it sounds. However, it is both equally strenuous and time constraining as well, therefore highlighting the qualities of being extremely punctual and responsible with all the work, and giving more than hundred percent in every task. Therefore, this proves to be the most difficult and performance-oriented career out of all the three services, and if one feels confident and strong willed enough to handle it, then they should definitely go for it.

Nevertheless, one also needs to be extremely fluent in English-both spoken and written, for IFS officers are always required to handle lots of delegations from various countries, and therefore constantly involve having easily understandable communications between people of different embassies of the world.

Therefore, this was our selective take on the top 3 services (IAS, IPS, IFS) of civil services. We hope that we could do some justice with the content and your expectation setting. For more information on how to start preparing for Civil Services while juggling college, then, we suggest you to start with the Civilsdaily’s Android App to get a daily dose of IAS-Exam specific newsfeeds to build on your current affairs, and any further help in the future. Good luck!

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Shagun Marwah

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Many times in my life I have received advises from people about my career and one common advice offered to me is to definitely do an internship while I am in college. An internship is one of the most different experiences in my life as a college student. In a year and a half of college I’ve done two internships, the first one was at a law firm. It made me realize that interest in your work was a lie we taught ourselves. On a serious note, it also taught me how to work hard, fast and pay attention to detail.

My second internship, which happened this past month, was at one of India’s best ad agencies Ogilvy and Mather. Ogilvy makes ads for the BJP, BMW, Seagram’s and a variety of other companies. The creative challenge of advertising, its pleasant work environment and the intense stories of my seniors drew me to this line of work. The work environment was very relaxed, creative and ‘chill’; quite in contrast to the law firm (which is also true for the work). The law firm had a very strict dress code, however here I could wear anything (as long as I wore something). The work there was pretty intense, but there were also moments when everyone in the office would sit and chat with each other. The best part about an ad agency is the spending the day looking at videos on Youtube is considered legitimate as it is ‘research’ and ‘creative liberty’.

The idea of doing an internship appeals to me on a certain level, it gives you a glimpse of the world outside of college, it prepares you mentally for ‘the big bad world’ and it gives you a sense of independence not found in much places. I really think everyone should try and intern at some place at least once, even if you don’t know what you want to do in the future. I honestly don’t know if I’ll be a lawyer, an ad man or something else; but the experiences I got will stay with me forever. For even if this knowledge I gained has no purpose, it is still, in all senses of the word, knowledge.

Ashish Matthews
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As the carnival of football ends in Brazil, we bring you a comprehensive analysis of the Good, Bad and Ugly of the FIFA World Cup 2014   

The Good

Some of those moments which remain this tournament’s highlight for today and many years to come.


Mario Götze Breaks Latin American Jinx

Germany lifted their fourth world cup in Maracanã, Rio after a very tight match which extended goalless till extra time. The Bayern Munich attacking midfielder Mario Götze came off the bench and scored for Die Mannschaft in the 113th minute to seal the deal. Germany were crowned World Cup winners for the first time in 24 years, it is also their first cup after reunification.

Japanese Godliness


The followers of Japan at the FIFA World Cup 2014 waved blue trash bags as balloons to support their national side. Later, they used these bags to collect the trash that had accumulated during the game. This beautiful gesture has inspired many.


James Rodriguez Claims the Golden Boot

The Colombian star James Rodriguez scored six goals in the tournament and claimed the Golden Boot Award. Thomas Muller of Germany who won the Golden Boot four years ago in South Africa scored five goals this year too. 145 goals were scored in the previous segment, though this year the tally has improved significantly to touch the 171 goals mark. The German side has scored the most number of goals in the whole tournament (18).


Klose Magic

Miroslav Klose continued his dream run in this World Cup too and scored 2 goals to replace Brazilian Ronaldo as the all-time highest goal scorer at the World Cup. He now has 16 goals in four FIFA World Cups. He is only the second player in history to score 5 goals in two different World Cups.

Marvellous goalkeeping

Keylor Navas, Guillermo Ochoa, Manuel Neuer, Sergio Romero and Tim Krul were some of the brilliant goalkeepers of this World Cup who changed the script by themselves. Manuel Neuer kept the opponents off the score sheet; thanks to his world class Sweeper-Keeper display. His best performance came against Argentina in the Finals where is succeeded in keeping the Argentine attackers form scoring. For making 25 saves and conceding only 4 goals he has been awarded the Golden Glove.

Group of Death humbled by Costa Rica

Being placed amongst footballing power houses like Uruguay, Italy and England, for many Costa Rica never existed in the tournament. But against all speculations Costa Rica not only managed to qualify for the Round of 16, but they did so as the leaders of their group. They managed to reach the Quarter-finals as well. This was their best performance in World Cup history

Messi’s performance


Messi became the youngest player to represent Argentina at a World Cup when he came on as a substitute for Maxi Rodríguez in the 74th minute against Serbia and Montenegro in 2006, since then the “Best Ever” football player for many had managed to score only once in the last two editions of the World Cup, but this year turned out to be a delight for him and his lovers. He scored 4 times in Brazil but failed to deliver in the Final against Germany. For his dynamic performance he has been awarded the Golden Ball.

The Bad

Some of those moments which left us cringing!

Espana hits the ocean bed

The reigning champions Spain were expected to mesmerise the football universe yet again with their Tiki-Taka, following from their success in recent years. But rather their performance in this tournament turned out a gross embarrassment, as they lost 5 goals to 1 against the Netherlands in their opening match. Spain could not recover from the after effects of the Dutch onslaught in their first match and were eliminated at the group stage itself after their 0-2 loss to Chile.

Neymar’s Injury


Neymar fractured a vertebra during the quarterfinal match of the tournament against Columbia, following a challenge form Colombian defender Juan Zuniga. He was injured in the 86th minute of play and was immediately carried off the field. Later Rodrigo Lasmar the team doctor told reporters “He will not be in condition to play; he will need a few weeks to be fit again. He is very, very sad.” Pundits believe that his absence gave Germany the edge psychologically way before the Semi-final kick off.

Diego Costa jeered

Diego Costa, the Brazil born Chelsea Striker owed his allegiance to Spain before the World Cup kick off, naturally this ignited discontent amongst the Brazilians. In the group stage match between Spain and Netherlands, whenever Costa made contact with the ball it drew boos from the Brazilian crowd that were repeated throughout. Soon chants of “Costa, deer” took the centre stage (deer is slang for “gay”).

Privacy breach

Two Croatian photographers in their quest to get an exclusive story went beyond desired limits. They hid themselves in the bushes and photographed some of the Croatian players, who were lying naked by the swimming pool. These pictures were wildly publicised through print and social media.

As a result the Croatian team management decided to boycott the media while in Brazil.

Brazilian catastrophe

They were the hosts and the favourites; their take-off was like Apollo 11 but when it was most crucial they failed to deliver and crashed under the pressure of expectations and ambition. Their exit from the home tournament came in the most humiliating manner possible; losing both the Semi-final match as well as the Third Place match on home soil. They suffered their first defeat in a competitive game on home soil since 1975 at the hands of clinical Germany in the Semi-finals. This defeat of 1-7 is now their worst ever defeat. They lost to Netherlands 3-0 in the Third Place match.

Nigerian national football federation banned

FIFA has suspended Nigeria from international football citing government interference in the administration of its national federation.

This means no Nigerian team, can play in regional, continental or international competitions.

After Nigeria’s defeat at the hands France at the Round 16 of the World Cup, the High Court of Nigeria ruled that its federation would cease to run the national team, handing over the role to a government civil servant.

This interference breaches the FIFA rules by which member associations are obliged to manage their own affairs “independently and with no influence from third parties.”


The Ugly

Most unfortunate incidents which should not have happened

Racism haunts yet again

FIFA for long has campaigned against racism and tried to keep the beautiful game away from any such controversies. President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil also pledged a “World Cup against racism,” declaring “Sports should be no place for prejudice.” Still on various occasions racist elements blemished the event. According to the Fare Report, FIFA has significantly failed to punish such incidents, such as the “homophobic” chanting’s by the Brazilian and Mexico supporters, explicit banners displayed by followers of Russia, Germany and Croatia.

Neymar’s unceremonious exit from the tournament triggered the torrent of racist insults against the Colombian, Juan Camilo Zúñiga, expressing fury over Neymar’s injury, some Brazilians took to social media to express their rage with racial slurs, showing how far the host of the World Cup and FIFA remains from achieving that goal.

Hannibal strikes again


Luis Suarez has been banned for four months from all football-related activities, ruling him out of the 2014 FIFA World Cup midway. Uruguay team management said they will appeal against the decision, calling it an “excessive decision” for which “there was not enough evidence”. This strict action has been triggered by Suarez’s third biting incident in his football career. Giorgio Chiellini of Italy became his prey during a group stage match.This incident was certainly the most shameful and unfortunate, throughout this year’s tournament.


Rishab Sharma

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The tournament that started with 32 teams and 736 players who dreamed of lifting world football’s most glamorous trophy has now almost reached the grand stage. In the first semi-final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup between the host Brazil and Germany held at Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, the Die Mannschaft crushed their 5 time World Champion opponent 1 goal to 7. The young German side guided by Joachim Löw reached the World Cup final for the record 8th time after 90 of the most incredible minutes in World Cup history, putting seven goals past the Brazil, who suffered their worst ever defeat, breaking the record set in 1920 for Brazil’s heaviest ever defeat, previously 6-0 against Uruguay.

Bernard, Dante and Luiz Gustavo came into the Brazilian side for the injured Neymar Jr., the suspended Thiago Silva and the dropped Paulinho, while Germany were unchanged from their quarter-final win over France. The Brazilian side paid tribute to their injured hero Neymar before kickoff, with David Luiz holding a jersey bearing his name during the anthems. But it was Thiago Silva who they appeared to miss the most in the opening 10 minutes and a defensive shambles from a German corner left Thomas Muller in acres of space to side foot the ball home past Cesar to put the Germans ahead. This was but only the beginning to the carnage that followed, Miroslav Klose, Toni Kroos (2 goals), Sami Khedira and 58′ substitute Andre Schurrle (2 goals) did the job for the Germans as they devastated Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Brazil. Miroslav Klose broke Ronaldo’s long-standing World Cup goals record when he poked in a rebound to notch his 16th finals goal. The hosts were down by 5 goals at the 29′ mark itself.

The match was over for the men in yellow in the first half itself. Luiz Felipe Scolari made a pair of changes at half time. Paulinho and Ramires replaced Fernandinho and the ineffective Hulk, and Brazil started the second half with a little extra spark. For the next 10 minutes or so the hosts persevered and kept the German goal under constant attack, though only to be denied by Manuel Neuer, who kept on making brilliant saves and increase the frustration amongst the Brazilian players and majority of the audience (58,141) present in the stadium. Match referee Marco Rodriguez kept his cards away for most of the time and only one Yellow card was shown to Brazilian and Bayern Munich defender Dante.

A consolation came in the 90th minute through Oscar, but it was bit too late.

The ultimate humiliation for the Brazilian players came late on in the game, as their fans begin to join the German fans’ “Ole”s whenever Germany touched the ball. For most of the time after going down by 5 goals the Brazilian fans “booed” their own side in frustration. The expectations were of diminishing the memories of the 1950 FIFA World Cup Finals where they lost to their bitter rivals Argentina at home and claiming their 6th title here, but this now only remains a futile cause.

Germany will now join the winners of the Second Semi-final, to be played between Netherlands and Argentina tonight at Arena Corinthians, São Paulo. It should be noted that no European side has ever lifted the World Cup trophy here in South America, but this very well may be their golden chance in Rio de Janeiro.

Rishab Sharma
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Election time in Delhi University is the time when the University, and North Campus in particular, become abuzz with campaigning, rallies, shouts of slogans, graffitis, fliers, ceaseless promises and what not. This year was no different. With an average 40% turnout- a record of sorts, NSUI sweeping the polls and a visibly dissapointed ABVP alleging foul play, DUSU 2012 had a lot to offer.

Here’s a glimpse of the election season captured by our photographer Swadha Singh.

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