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Pragya Chawla is a 16-year-old connoisseur of page and stage who enjoys social commentary and cultural critique. You will find her lurking in the corridors of controversy in her free time.

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Let’s start with the basics: cultural appropriation is the adoption of aspects or symbols of an oppressed culture by its oppressor, often for mercantile intention or just to ‘look exotic’.  Appropriation is different from appreciation in that the perpetrator pays no heed to the context, history, cultural or religious significance of the symbols he/she appropriates. […]