Environment

Revisiting the Idea of School Education of Rabindranath Tagore

Reading Time: 4 minutesTagore wanted to defend freedom he enjoyed in his family, for all humanity. He remained firmly opposed to colonial education that aimed at material prosperity. He believed that only education could promote freedom of humans and made real effort to carry out his educational mission almost unaided and alone. He was fully conscious of child […]

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Nature and Environment as seen by Rabindranath Tagore

Reading Time: 6 minutesTagore’s love of Nature was extremely subtle. For him the wide-open skies, spaciousness, and tranquillity of the countryside symbolised freedom.  His numerous writings reveal the intensity of his relationship with nature wherein Nature in her various moods has been the inspiration. Tapati explores Tagore’s love for Nature and environment, in the Special Feature, exclusively for Different […]

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Musings of Tagore on Love and Mysticism

Reading Time: 5 minutesA relentlessly seeking, sensitive, intellectual soul, Tagore wanted to drink the elixir of life to the dregs. He found beauty in everything around him. Even the minuscule objects of daily life filled him with delight. The Sufi minstrel within him, seeks the Divine amidst nature, opines Ruchira, in the Special Feature. A Different Truths exclusive.   Tagore was […]

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Drowning under Waste

Reading Time: 3 minutesHong Kong faces a huge waste disposal problem. Hidden under many of its beautiful parks, golf courses and sports grounds are millions of tons of garbage. Only three of their 13 landfill sites are still open which will soon overflow given the rate at which they are filling up. The situation is only going to […]

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Electric Vehicles to Bring Cheap, Pollution Free Urban Transportation

Reading Time: 4 minutesE-rickshaws provide a simple, easy and pollution-free solution. E-autos and E-bikes and E-scooters too are slowly picking up. A start-up has come up with a bright idea to have Battery Swap Stations that is expected to revolutionise the use of electric vehicles for last mile connectivity, especially in major cities. Here’s a report, for Different […]

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Wastewater Management: Using Sewerage Water for Agriculture

Reading Time: 3 minutesKanchan tells us how sewerage water can be treated to make manure and irrigate the farms by making a small plant at a corner of the field. It will help us fight pollution at a micro level. A cost-effective wastewater management technique, exclusively for Different Truths. Haricharan Pal lives in Dhikoli village of Madhaugarh Block in […]

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Old Habits Die Hard

Reading Time: 5 minutesThinkers had started eulogising light and darkness and various other elements of nature, a leading factor towards the concept of gods; this thought created stories imagining evils being killed by the gods. Now the killing of Dhumrasura by all-powerful mother goddess seemed quite relevant. But this revealing also left Tapati puzzled if smoke was understood […]

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Mean and Monstrous Hurricane Irma set to Batter Florida Brutally

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe eye of the Hurricane Irma is scaring people affected by it and many others all around the world. Irma is mean and monstrous. Anumita, our Managing Editor, reports, exclusively in Different Truths. Every half hour I pick up the remote of the TV and switch on to CNN. “Irma is here,” says the reporter, […]

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Shantiniketan: Tagore set a School Amidst Nature, Unfettered the Young Minds – I

Reading Time: 7 minutesRabindranath was unhappy with the British schooling system of sitting enclosed within four walls of high raised solid buildings. It was a feeling of suffocation he experienced, when the cold brick walls, he felt, were trying to strangulate a child’s mind like cold grips of death. Being detached from nature was a great torment for […]

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Hurricane Harvey, Mumbai Deluge, Unholy Baba and Blue Whale: Of Deaths, Shame, and Rape

Reading Time: 3 minutesFrom beating drums, fire signals and cries of the ancient man, we had travelling bards moving from villages to villages, recounting many stories (read news) in India and elsewhere. These were the rich oral traditions. The storytellers were the first newspersons. We celebrate our legacy. Shail recounts top news of the week gone by, in […]

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