Author: Tapati Sinha

Financial Frauds Continue Since Ages…

Reading Time: 7 minutesFinancial frauds are perhaps as old as human civilisation. Tapati traces the antiquity of the swindle, as recorded in various ancient civilisations. Kautilya lists forty kinds of misappropriation of funds by the bureaucrats. Here’s to a better understanding of human nature – greed, avarice, and fraud – in the regular column, exclusively for Different Truths. […]

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The Game of Life and Death…

Reading Time: 6 minutes  The concept of ‘good death’ (euthanasia) existed in the ancient world.  Medical assistance was not needed when the Homeric warrior died as a hero and was expected to accept death with resignation. Later the city-state regarded as heroes the men fallen for the cause of the community, honouring these model citizens as those who died […]

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Women Achievers Inspire Us to Fight Against all Odds

Reading Time: 5 minutesAs we look into the lives of the women achievers who could overcome extreme situations and hurdles of life against all obstacles, we are forced to mull over reasons why we brood over being women instead of taking a right call as a confident woman. We don’t know how many of us know the real-life […]

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An Open Letter to my Dear Daughter

Reading Time: 6 minutesTapati raises several issues that concern women, in her open letter to Sukanya, her daughter, as part of the Special Feature. A Different Truths exclusive.  Dear Sukanya,  Sukanya, I am fine. Today your voice from thousands miles away was not clear; should I blame the technological snag, I don’t know. But I have a lot […]

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A Historical Perspective of Transgender, a Different Community

Reading Time: 5 minutesIn the earliest ages, these people were quite often thought to possess the wisdom that traditionally-gendered people did not, and were venerated for this. As civilisations transformed from matrilineal and communal societies into male-driven patriarchal societies, people set out to crush the transgender community because they were threatened by a persistent belief that those who […]

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The Third Gender: Why Transgender Are Seen as a Different Community?

Reading Time: 8 minutesThe LGBTQ community is in a cheerful mood since the petition quashing of section 377 of IPC has been considered for their good; the Supreme Court of India has ordered the petition to be reviewed by a bench. More commonly known as the Hijra community, they are often the victims of abuse and discrimination. The transgender community […]

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Makar Sankranti: A Pan-Indian Solar Festival Celebrating Bounty

Reading Time: 6 minutesMakar Sankranti is an important pan-Indian solar festival, known by different names. It is known as Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Pedda Panduga in Andhra Pradesh, Bihu in Assam, Magha Mela in parts of central and north India, as Makar Sankranti in the west, Lohri in North India and by other names. Makar Sankranti is observed […]

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Padmini in the Ocean of Controversies

Reading Time: 5 minutesPadmini’s narrative has found itself being retold in several ways over several centuries, in the form of poems, stories, dance dramas, comic books, plays, and films. Each retelling is unique in its way, located in the context of its own time, opines Tapati, with reference to the raging controversies, surrounding Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film, in […]

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The Weighing Scale: From the Harappan Times to the Present

Reading Time: 3 minutesHarappan people developed the most precise measurements people had six thousand years ago. Harappan people developed the most precise measurements people had six thousand years ago. They used a standardised system of weights based on the ratios: 1/20, 1/10, 1/5, 1/2, 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500, with the unit weight […]

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What are the Many Layers of the Lessons from History?

Reading Time: 5 minutesHistory always has some stories to tell, some mysteries to reveal, some experiences to share; that is why a lot of tourist places get crowded by visitors with curiosity in their eyes. Primarily history makes a person living in the present understand both past and present. Knowing the past helps one understand the origins of […]

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