Author: Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

Limits of Scientific Experimentation in Political Science

Political scientists whose subject matter falls outside the field of political behaviour tend to regard experimentation as impractical or unethical or both. Few researchers are comfortable with the idea of randomly altering constitutional arrangements, alliances, or political cultures. This is usually where the discussion of experimental methods ends. But experimental thinking can be useful even […]

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What is Beauty: The Debate Continues!

Beauty can illustrate an idea; a perfection. Or, because of its identification with women (more accurately, with Woman), it can trigger the usual ambivalence that stems from the age-old denigration of the feminine. Beauty is theatrical, it is being looked at and admired; and the word is as likely to suggest the beauty industry (beauty […]

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The Rise of the Scientific Democrats

A group of ‘scientific democrats’ included the philosopher John Dewey, President Herbert Hoover, the physicist Robert A. Millikan, the anthropologist Franz Boas – and Vannevar Bush, the electrical engineer who directed the wartime effort to build the first atomic bomb. They constituted a large proportion, perhaps even an outright majority, of those Americans engaged in […]

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Islamic Contributions to Science

Islamic scholars and scientists played a significant role in defining and shaping philosophy and science. What were the points of agreements and departures from the western thoughts? Ashoka, in this in-depth research, uncovers an area less visited, exclusively in Different Truths.   The word ‘Islam’ in the title denotes both Islam as religion and as […]

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Progressive Evolution of the Human Species

Categories and boundaries have long obsessed students of the natural world. The organisation of information about animals, plants, and minerals into a coherent system was part of the core disciplinary, or proto disciplinary, agenda of eighteenth – and nineteenth – century naturalists. A taxonomic system was necessary for the practical purposes of retrieval and comparison, […]

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Man and his Universe: Evolution of Chemical Elements – II

The fact that all elements except hydrogen, helium, and lithium are made in stars and their subsequent explosions has only been known for less than sixty years. With the elucidation of how and where the chemical elements are forged in stars came the realisation that there is a chemical evolution in the universe, causing a […]

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Behind Bars of Sunetra Choudhury Exposes the Deep Rot inside the Gaols

Young journalist Sunetra Choudhury deserves kudos for taking up this issue in her recently released tome Behind Bars published by the Roli Press. A volume like this was long overdue. She has identified a number of individuals and elaborated on their experiences within the custodial setup. The prose she employs is lucid and the narration […]

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Man and his Universe: Understanding the Formation of Galaxies is the Key to our Cosmic History

The mysteries of Galaxies and the Universe is mind boggling. It contains nearly all the stars and planets in the Universe, play host to the supermassive black holes in their centres, and serve as signposts delineating the large-scale cosmic web of dark matter structure. How galaxies were formed is a central question in astronomy. And […]

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Ideology, Democratic Traditions and Yogi Adityanath’s Ascent in Uttar Pradesh

Ideology and democratic traditions, the world over, have time and again proved that those with divisive and racist views were pushed to the fringes. Enoch Powell, a brilliant statesman in the UK, whose 1968 speech, the ‘rivers of blood’, put a halt to his political career. In the US, David Duke was ousted because of […]

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Insanity Defence: Need for a New Multidisciplinary International Paradigm – III

The ambiguity and confusion regarding insanity defence deepen as we examine how various countries approach it. In the third and final part, our Executive Editor, Ashoka, examines the gray area with his in-depth research. A practicing psychiatrist and a bar-at-law, the author has unique insight into the subject. He calls for the need of a […]

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