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In Pursuit of an Elusive Akhand Bharat

Reading Time: 6 minutesThe political dialogue has changed completely from a hitherto common plank that was to some extent regardless of caste, creed or religion to one with religious overtones that favor Hinduism or to be fair the concept of ‘Hindutva’ propagated by the parent body of the Lotus. Underlying it is the belief that India is actually […]

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One Less Ma

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe trials and tribulations of staying far away from homeland are many. Our Managing Editor, Anumita, shares the grief of losing one of her Mas (mothers). Here’s her soulful tribute to all her Mas and her departed Mejoma, as Mother’s Day Special, exclusively for Different Truths. Last week, my call lasted for 10 minutes and […]

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Diplomatic Struggle of India against Racial Apartheid[1] in South Africa and its Contemporary Hypocrisy on Human Rights

Reading Time: 17 minutesIndia since its Independence until the 1970s has played a central role in mobilising third world countries on the issue of Self-determination and racial equality. Amit, our Editor-at-Large (Europe) critically analyses India’s diplomatic move employing ‘human rights’ in United Nations General Assembly to counter racial discrimination in South Africa[2]. Along with discussing a brief history […]

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Lord Archibald Fenner Brockway: An Englishman with an Indian Soul

Reading Time: 4 minutesArchibald Fenner Brockway died almost exactly 30 years ago on the 28th of April, 1988, six months short of his centenary. Just before his demise, he had completed his last book titled Ninety-nine Not Out! A Pacifist, he opposed imperialism. He opposed Gandhi’s arrest in 1930 and was suspended from the British parliament. The author […]

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Dangerous Portends of Agenda-Driven Verdicts: Justice Must be seen to be done for Credibility

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe Supreme Court verdict, dismissing the petitions seeking an independent investigation into the death of judge Loya, has everything mentioned by Chief Justice Hewart as a ground for impartiality to get compromised. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra found the petitions as an effort to scandalise the judiciary and a “veiled attempt to […]

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Is Subramanian Swamy the Enoch Powell of Indian Politics!

Reading Time: 5 minutesTwo prominent politicians, mavericks in their own rights, Enoch Powell, in the UK, and Subramanian Swamy, from India, have a lot in common. Prof. Ashoka draws an interesting parallel between them, exclusively for Different Truths. Most sovereign parliaments in a democratic polity have been known to nurture superlative debating talents. The House of Commons in Westminster […]

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Prof. Birbal Sahni: The Father Figure of Paleobotany in Asia

Reading Time: 4 minutesProfessor Birbal Sahni exemplified genuine excellence in science. It would not be hyperbolic to describe his as the father figure of paleobotany in Asia. He set up an institute in Lucknow which until a few decades ago was regarded as the Mecca of paleobotany all over the world. Here’s a tribute by Prof. Ashoka, on […]

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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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A Felt-Need to Refound the Universities That Failed us

Reading Time: 4 minutesIndia’s colonial past gave birth to the modern education system where ‘academically trained minds’ were supposed to serve the British Empire, not to challenge them. In fact, in current times, modern Indian universities prepare students to be a ‘servant’, not a leader to lead the society towards an egalitarian, a socially just utopia, point out […]

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