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Dispute over Honorary Doctorate for West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe debate about conferring an Honorary Doctorate to the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is mired in controversy. In the United Kingdom there was a fierce debate on whether Margaret Thatcher should be conferred an honorary doctorate by her alma mater, the University of Oxford, recalls Prof. Ashoka, citing his viewpoint on the subject. […]

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Professor Obaid Siddiqi: A Tribute on his Birth Anniversary!

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe most distressing part is that not just Prof. Obaid Siddiqui’s contributions, but the person himself is not remembered the way he should have been, not just in Uttar Pradesh, the state he belonged to and Purvanchal region where he was born and brought up but also in the scientific circles, states Prof. Ashoka, paying […]

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Celebrating Women: The Year That Was!

Reading Time: 7 minutesFirebrand feminist, Payal, our columnist, says that from within the murk and gloom of crime against women, there were many who rose from the ashes like the mythical Phoenix. There was much to celebrate in 2017. Read more in the Special Feature, exclusively for Different Truths. As 2017 comes to a close, my daily scan […]

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How fair is the First Past the Post for Indian Democracy?

Reading Time: 7 minutesNOTA is Revolutionary to Uphold Democratic Values One particular survey pointed out that in the current Lok Sabha, there are at least 13 MPs, who in terms of voting, enjoy the support of less than 15 % of their respective total electorates. And as there is no obligation on them to serve the interests of […]

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Hinduism Never Considered Homosexuality a Disease or a Crime

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe lines dividing male and female, heterosexual and homosexual were blurred in ancient India. These tales have been passed on from one generation to another with pride. Perhaps they have roots in Indian heritage, which accepted all kinds of people without any judgment. Our history preaches that there is nothing unnatural in nature, analyses Nikita, […]

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Crisis of Western Human Rights: No Answer for the Suffering Millions Globally

Reading Time: 7 minutesAmit, our Editor-at-Large (Europe) critiques human rights, which is essentially a Western concept. His erudite research shows how the West has been conveniently shifting the goal posts, often using it as a tool to control the nations that do not toe their line. These are the reasons due to which human rights have become limited […]

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Ethiopia: Panoramic Beauty and a Primitive State Untouched by Colonialism

Reading Time: 6 minutesVery little is written about Ethiopia and online research does not give a true picture of someone who is looking at taking up an assignment here. Ethiopia is the only country in the world that has stayed independent and did not allow colonialism hinder its primitive state. People have lived here for many years undisturbed […]

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The US Military: Extended Reach and Challenges in the Face of Budgetary Pressures

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe fundamental forces shaping the US military for a long time have been the extended reach and challenges of extended operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today, it faces new budgetary pressures under a political focus on deficit reduction and domestic priorities. Here’s an analysis of the international relations by our Associate Editor, Navodita. We begin […]

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Designer Vaginas are in Vogue

Reading Time: 4 minutesA new branch of medicine RVS – Reconstructive Vaginal Surgery has emerged in recent times. The one way in which this branch differs from other aspects of plastic surgery is that it has a dual role to play. Not only is it responsible for making the area aesthetically appealing but also improves sexual function. The […]

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Maximillian Isidore Robespierre and Tipu Sultan: Virtuous or Villainous

Reading Time: 4 minutesSome regard Tipu as the premier freedom fighter, while others tend to view him in the same manner as a section views Robespierre. An ardent marauding communalist who was responsible for the deaths of several Hindus and Christians. And the debate is getting uglier by the day. Prof. Ashoka draws parallels between Robespierre and Tipu, […]

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