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Hi, I am a label

I am not a person anymore.

Wherever I go, whoever I talk to, whatever I say has to be in some sort of a category.

Some people call me a liberal, others call me a right-winger. Some call me a communist, some call me a conservative.

Yes, I am a label.

If I don’t agree with you or your opinion, I must follow some other ideology that you consider as beneath you.

I don’t know exactly how or when it started. Things were perfectly fine until a few years earlier. People talked to me as a person even when I had different opinions. No, things weren’t peachy before too. There were heated debates, personal attacks, and mild abuses before too, but today it feels like it’s almost impossible to have a discussion unless you belong to a particular ‘category’.



Funny story actually. Until a few years ago, I didn’t know what any of those words meant. The first time someone called me a liberal, I had to actually look it up to know what it meant. Up until then, I didn’t even know I was a liberal.

So I started identifying as a liberal (yeah, I was a naive chap).

Until I presented a differing opinion in a liberal forum. Suddenly, my identity changed. I was called a right-wing c*nt and a conservative that is holding the country back.

First of all, I didn’t know that I was so big of a deal that I was single-handedly holding the country back. Second: Why is it people like to blame those with different opinions for all that is wrong with the world?

But I still continued on a journey to find the perfect ideology that I could identify with.

I looked everywhere.

Tried Facebook. Any page I followed or any group I joined, I was abused for presenting a different opinion. Over a period of a week, my inbox was filled with thousands of abuses (some were quite creative I might add).

Went to Quora which I initially liked as it was more welcoming and open-minded but after a while, I was labeled as a ‘libtard’ and a communist for going against the dominant narrative.

Tried Reddit but was disappointed to see it’s because more of an echo chamber. The upvote/downvote system makes it easy to suppress the voices that do not agree with the majority. Only comments that confirmed the narrative were upvoted.

Didn’t go to Twitter because I like my sanity.

Even tried to have discussions with my parents and family, but proposing a differing view or even questioning theirs was insolence.

To all of them I am a label: Libtard, commie, right-winger, conservative c*nt, arrogant, offended, triggered feminist, misogynist, butthurt leftist, lazy millennial.



Some may say ‘Why bother? Delete social media and stop discussing controversial topics altogether.’

I ask them – Why?

Why should I be the one that has to censor?

Why should I be the one who has to silence himself?

Why can’t people have a civil discussion?

And it’s not about social media either. Yes, this trend is more dominant there but that doesn’t mean that my real life conversations are any better. Have you ever tried offering a different perspective on your family Whatsapp group?

Today, it’s blasphemous to even have more than one type of ideology. It has to be this side or that one. Everyone wants to paint it as black or white. Nobody wants to hear or even acknowledge the grey. To them, a human is such a simple being that he is incapable of holding more than one point of view.



Why do they do it?

Because it’s convenient.

It gives people great comfort to be in a group that confirms their beliefs. Sometimes, this goes to a point where they alter their own identity just to be a part of this group. Not because of new facts, but because of fear of being excommunicated. They change themselves because going with the dominant narrative is more important to them, even if it comes at the cost of their own identity.



I am all for having an open-minded discussion. In any given scenario, I’ll be more than happy to change my opinion if the other side presented convincing facts. I mean, that is how you grow isn’t it? But if your only argument is that I say so or personal abuses, then sorry, we can’t and shouldn’t have a discussion.

This is one of the main reason I started this website so that people can actually talk and move beyond labels.

With Ishturd, I hope to build a community that is open-minded and welcoming. One that doesn’t propagate hate or resort to ad hominem when someone doesn’t agree with them. One that challenges views frequently and understands that it is alright to change ideologies, beliefs, opinions in light of new evidence or facts. One that isn’t afraid to grow.

I don’t mean to preach but the current state of discussions (online and offline) isn’t really acceptable. There is no denying it. I hope that together we can build a platform where people can converse without hate.

Until then, I am a label, and will stay one.

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12 hilarious posts by ‘you know who’s’ IT Cell that our parents believed

In our country, a particular party’s IT cell has been quite notorious for circulating fake news and pushing propaganda. Some of them are so damn obvious that it’s painful to see them even try telling these lies. However, most of our parent’s are quite open-minded when it comes to accepting these so-called ‘news’ and facts.

One could only wonder how our parents decide what to believe or not. By some twisted logic, Whatsapp is a more credible source than their own son. It’s moments like these that make you feel that you are adopted. But as the joke goes, “Agar adopt karna hota to tujhe kyun lete” makes me sure that I am their own majboori.

So, children of gullible parents, let’s have a look at some things that the IT cell made them believe:


1. Note mein chip

Nano chip


Demonetisation was a weird time man. On one side you people dying outside ATMs, and on the other, you have people like explaining to you how the ‘nano-chip’ in our pinky 2000 rupee note works.


2. Apne baap ka UNESCO



UNESCO even declared the 2000 rupee note as the ‘best currency in the world’ (God knows what that meant). Anyway, I am very proud to be an Indian, and you?


3. UNESCO returns



UNESCO declared so many things in the past 4 years that it felt less like UNESCO and more like Star Parivaar awards. As if the best currency award wasn’t enough, it also declared Modi ji as the best PM in the world. Feeling prod.


4. Rare Diamond and Doshi Naagin



Whoever came up with this was one lazy troll. Not because Modi’s new anagram had one letter missing, because it’s so childish that it makes even 5th graders look edgier.


5. Demonetization’s shocking secret (You won’t believe)



Pakistan was ready to print 15 trillion of Indian currency notes with 5 presses. When Modi ji got to know about it, he decided to do notebandi as a ‘F**k you, ab kya kar lega’ to Pakistan. Even Rahul Gandhi knew about it, because all of a sudden he is a credible source to go to.


6. Nostradamus died again




This is a long one, but worth the read. Not only Nostradamus wrote that ‘Ram Rajya is coming’, he also predicted tenure of Modi as PM. But wait, there’s more. These people somehow justified Modi leaving his wife by comparing him to Buddha and Mahaveer. IS IT JUST COINCIDENCE OR HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF.


7. Saptrishi Nagamani




Bitcoin was all the fad. So how could IT cell let go of such a fine opportunity? Enter Saptrishi Nagamani, the founder of Bitcoin and chaddi buddy of our PM.


8. Robert Downey Jr. fight with the Mullas



Yes, our very own Iron Man is a victim of these Muslim fanatics because he is a kattar Hindu. Oh, did I mention he had a shivling in his heart?


9. Slave I Remain




This was made when even the IT Cell people got bored. Muslims weren’t doing much, other political parties were doing their usual “This morning, I woke up at night” thing. So, In order to create a villain, they went to our all-time favorite enemies, the British. To show the ‘goras’ as the villain, they took the first thing they could think of and went full retard.


10. ATMs close because Pakistan



Yes, this one is fresh! When our bankers went to strike a few days back, the IT cell decided to do something about it. And by God, they did.


11. All great people are Indian because f*ck you



I fear the man who can say that Confucius’s real name was Karnaphool Singh and Aristotle was Haristuti Lal.


12. Bhosadike



This one is an obvious troll and not by the IT Cell (at least I hope it’s not) but it’s funny as hell.

But my favourite one, the one that is actually close to my heart will always be this kudrat ka karishma-



And there you have it. Let me know if I missed anyone. Feeling prod as an Indian.

– forwarded as received.


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