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Pegyal, the 146th Martyr, Self-immolated Himself for the Liberation of Tibet

Eswar Anandan

Eswar Anandan

Eswar Anandan’s mother's traverse with Cancer opened his eyes and thoughts about the life outside the glass cubicles. In his own words: "Strong emotions gave way to words, words took poetic form, and I found a new purpose..." His first book, 'Seasons' is a dedication to her.He is currently working on ‘Thoughts in Silence’ and ‘Story of a Nation’. Eswar is an entrepreneur and Friends of Tibet Campaigner.
Eswar Anandan

Pegyal is the 146th Tibetan to self-immolate and the first reported in 2017. This is the second self-immolation from the region – Nyarong. The 24-year-old bachelor was the sole breadwinner of his family of six in Tibet. Within minutes the police of the communist regime arrived and took away the charred body, so that the […]

How Silence Suits Various Sections of the Society in Uttar Pradesh?

Prof. Bhaskar Majumder

Prof. Bhaskar Majumder

Prof. Bhaskar Majumder, an eminent economist, is the Professor of Economics at GB Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad. He was the Professor and Head of the Centre for Development Studies, Central University of Bihar, Patna. He has published nine books, 69 research papers, 32 chapters,15 review articles and was invited to lectures at premier institutes and universities over 50 times. He has 85 papers published in various seminars and conferences.
He also worked in research projects for Planning Commission (India), World Bank, ICSSR (GoI), NTPC, etc. A meritorious student, Bhaskar was the Visiting Scholar in MSH, Paris under Indo-French Cultural Exchange Programme. He loves speed, football and radical ideology.
Prof. Bhaskar Majumder

It might seem unusual that people in Uttar Pradesh prefer silence. They are not vocal in their protests. Prof. Bhaskar finds out the reasons for this silence, a clear choice, by various sections of the society in the state. He tells us how silence suits different sections of the social pyramid. He turns his gaze […]

Do the Muslims of Norway Pose Cultural Threat to Norwegian Identity?

Amit Singh

Amit Singh

Amit singh is a Norway based Independent Human rights researcher writes on refugees, religious conflicts, discrimination and human rights issue.
Amit Singh

Norway is a country which claims to protect and promote human rights at home and abroad. However, within the deeper layers of Norwegian society, to some extent, hidden racism seem to be ingrained. It’s targeted towards refugees and migrants, particularly against the Muslims creating hindrance in their cultural integration into the mainstream of the Norwegian […]

An Open Letter to the Beloved Prime Minister of India

Prof. Bhaskar Majumder

Prof. Bhaskar Majumder

Prof. Bhaskar Majumder, an eminent economist, is the Professor of Economics at GB Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad. He was the Professor and Head of the Centre for Development Studies, Central University of Bihar, Patna. He has published nine books, 69 research papers, 32 chapters,15 review articles and was invited to lectures at premier institutes and universities over 50 times. He has 85 papers published in various seminars and conferences.
He also worked in research projects for Planning Commission (India), World Bank, ICSSR (GoI), NTPC, etc. A meritorious student, Bhaskar was the Visiting Scholar in MSH, Paris under Indo-French Cultural Exchange Programme. He loves speed, football and radical ideology.
Prof. Bhaskar Majumder

As a new Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh is being elected, Prof. Bhaskar congratulated the Prime Minister for his huge victory in the state. In an Open Letter, he urged the PM – irrespective of who the CM and his cabinet – to help the state develop. He has 12-point suggestions for a strong UP. […]

Modi reassures Inclusive Democracy: Hopefully Partisan Politics will be Passe

Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad is a physician /psychiatrist holding doctorates in pharmacology, history and philosophy plus a higher doctorate. He is also a qualified barrister and geneticist. He is a regular columnist in several newspapers, has published over 100 books and has been described by the Cambridge News as the 'most educationally qualified in the world'.
Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

Every party that has formed the government as yet has always attempted to identify its supporters and make sure they were extended the largesse whether they deserved it or not. In the process, they have inevitably hurt those who they perceived were not inclined to support them – at times even violating the tenets of […]

Holi: Unifying the Electoral Colours of Politics, Ribaldry and its Spread in the West

With the trends and results of Assembly polls in five states in India, it’s celebration time for the winning parties and candidates in the largest democracy of the world. It’s also about the bawdy and ribald nature of the spring festival. And lastly, Arindam talks about the popularity and acceptance by Americans and others in […]

BJP Steamrolls UP: Will its True Development Mean Creation of Jobs for Rest of India Here?

Prof. Bhaskar Majumder

Prof. Bhaskar Majumder

Prof. Bhaskar Majumder, an eminent economist, is the Professor of Economics at GB Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad. He was the Professor and Head of the Centre for Development Studies, Central University of Bihar, Patna. He has published nine books, 69 research papers, 32 chapters,15 review articles and was invited to lectures at premier institutes and universities over 50 times. He has 85 papers published in various seminars and conferences.
He also worked in research projects for Planning Commission (India), World Bank, ICSSR (GoI), NTPC, etc. A meritorious student, Bhaskar was the Visiting Scholar in MSH, Paris under Indo-French Cultural Exchange Programme. He loves speed, football and radical ideology.
Prof. Bhaskar Majumder

BJP steamrolled the 2017 Assembly elections in UP. The narrative of the winning party is that the people’s mandate were for the development of UP. Bhaskar hopes that now Modiji and his party would create job opportunities in the state so effectively that soon we might see migrant labourers coming to this state. That would […]

Landslide Victory of BJP in UP, Uttarakhand: NaMo and Amit Shah Scripted a New Electoral Narrative

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande has been practicing yoga since she was 9 years old in Iyengar Yoga. In April 1995, she performed at the International Yoga Seminar. In January 2003, Navodita taught at Hare Rama Hare Krishna Mandir in New York. Navodita had a Yoga show on NDTV 24x7 and was also the official yoga trainer for Miss Delhi contestants in 2007. She currently teaches Yoga and Reiki to
people in Kanpur.
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Landslide victory of the BJP, winning 325 seats out of the 403, in the UP and in Uttarakhand, the party bagged 57 seats out of the total 70. It has put this party head and shoulders above all other parties, despite its loss in Punjab. Assembly polls 2017 strengthened the BJP, consolidating its position in […]

Exit Polls: Who will come to Power in 2017 Assembly Polls in the Five States?

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande has been practicing yoga since she was 9 years old in Iyengar Yoga. In April 1995, she performed at the International Yoga Seminar. In January 2003, Navodita taught at Hare Rama Hare Krishna Mandir in New York. Navodita had a Yoga show on NDTV 24x7 and was also the official yoga trainer for Miss Delhi contestants in 2007. She currently teaches Yoga and Reiki to
people in Kanpur.
Navodita Pande

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In less than 24 hours the verdict of the people in the five states, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Punjab, Goa and Uttarakhand, shall be pronounced, as the results of the 2017 Assembly polls, shall be declared on Saturday, March 11. Speculations and predictions are on, basis quite a few exit polls. The psephologists are busy with […]

Hundreds of Rural Women Rally for Equality and Women Rights, near Allahabad

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Rural women, under the banner of PMS, raised slogans and held meetings, demanding equality and women rights, at Ghoorpur market, on the outskirts of Allahabad, on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Here’s a report in Different Truths. On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, on March 8 (Wednesday), hundreds of women assembled in […]

Seventh Phase: Who will win the Religion and Caste Ridden Assembly Polls in UP?

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande has been practicing yoga since she was 9 years old in Iyengar Yoga. In April 1995, she performed at the International Yoga Seminar. In January 2003, Navodita taught at Hare Rama Hare Krishna Mandir in New York. Navodita had a Yoga show on NDTV 24x7 and was also the official yoga trainer for Miss Delhi contestants in 2007. She currently teaches Yoga and Reiki to
people in Kanpur.
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The seventh and last phase of the polls comes to an end this evening at 5PM, with almost 14 crore electors voting for the 17th UP Assembly. While psephologist and political pundits are busy with their arithmetic, past experience shows that the winner has just three to four per cent edge over its rival in […]

A Narrative on Women, Feminism, Sexuality and Politics in Contemporary India

Chirantan Sarkar

Chirantan Sarkar

Dr. Chirantan Sarkar has been consistently writing about gender, feminism, and cultural issues in English and Bengali over the last fifteen years.His books include Pornotopia (Ababhas, Kolkata), Uttaradhunik Gadyo GadyerUttaradhunikata (Ababhas, Kolkata) and Postcolonialism: An Introduction(Ababhas, Kolkata).
Chirantan Sarkar

Sonia Gandhi’s unperturbed state in her husband’s funeral is acceptable to the urban and sophisticated Indians as Sonia Gandhi is cloning a ‘male’ behavior  and thus striving to achieve a ‘superior’ mode of self-expression whereas Sasikala’s  slaps on hard stone platform during the funeral of Jayalalithaa situate her as an untutored and hysterical woman.  Both these […]

Women in Contemporary Democracy: Is Politics Gender Neutral?

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande has been practicing yoga since she was 9 years old in Iyengar Yoga. In April 1995, she performed at the International Yoga Seminar. In January 2003, Navodita taught at Hare Rama Hare Krishna Mandir in New York. Navodita had a Yoga show on NDTV 24x7 and was also the official yoga trainer for Miss Delhi contestants in 2007. She currently teaches Yoga and Reiki to
people in Kanpur.
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Is the society really democratic for women? Have women been excluded from formal politics? It raises a number of specific questions about how to reform democratic institutions since these institutions are not gender-equitable. Even in countries where free and fair elections have been held, democratisation is very much an electoral issue; political parties are elitist […]

Dynamics of Globalisation and Women Empowerment

Swapan Bhowmik

Swapan Bhowmik

Swapan Kumar Bhowmik Is a professional academic associated with teaching in colleges and open Universities over the past 38 years.Jadavpur University happens to be the Alma mater of Sri Bhowmik .At present his field of study is “Social Capital and Empowerment”.
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The article focuses critical globalisation literature with feminist critiques about the gendered impact of globalisation. The feminist critiques of globalisation is of the view that “gender” is deep-seated in the logic and dynamics of globalisation. On the other hand, mainstream theories of globalisation consider it to be as gender-neutral phenomenon. Neoliberal and universalistic globalisation tend […]

Girl-child in Labour and Learning: A Case Study in North-24 Parganas

Debjani Guha

Debjani Guha

Dr. Debjani Guha: Associate Professor, Department of Education and Director-in-Charge, Centre for Women's Studies, University of Kalyani, Kalyani, WB,India, Area of Research Interest: Women's Education, International & Comparative Education
Debjani Guha

Twenty five girls of age group 7 to 13 years from ten National Child Labour Project schools of North-24- pgs were studied. It was found that 72% girls are from Muslim community. Over populated family, poverty, lack of awareness of the parents, absence of father and/or mother and presence of alcoholic/ sick/ injured/ physically challenged parent are the […]

Why is Everyone Hounding Sasikala?

Sreelata Menon

Sreelata Menon

When computers hit the scene, life changed for Sreelata Menon. A Masters in History (Mumbai University) she was with the Onlooker and world Trade Magazines before teaching History to undergraduates and doing a stint in an advertising agency. A web content writer, she wrote blogs on freelance writing, and current happenings for online and print publications. Author of ‘Freelance Writing for the Newbie Writer’ her books also include Guru Nanak and Indira Gandhi for Penguin-Puffin.
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Could it be the idea of an erstwhile petty video shop owner becoming the state’s Chief Minister perhaps too much to take? Smacking of a drama that Kollywood is famous for – with lots of suspected intrigue, behind the scene manoueverings and maybe a sinister act or two to add more ‘mirch’ to the unfolding drama that excites […]

Why is Gurmehar Kaur in the midst of Rallies, Vituperative Social Media and Vilification?

Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad is a physician /psychiatrist holding doctorates in pharmacology, history and philosophy plus a higher doctorate. He is also a qualified barrister and geneticist. He is a regular columnist in several newspapers, has published over 100 books and has been described by the Cambridge News as the 'most educationally qualified in the world'.
Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

In this ballyhoo and hullabaloo, we all seem to have lost our balance and forgotten that we are alluding to a girl who is just 20! What Gurmehar Kaur stated was at best immature and at worst very naive. There certainly was a case for her older well-wishers to have counselled her in private. But did she really […]

Dress of Diamonds: Whose Wealth is it anyway!

Prof. Bhaskar Majumder

Prof. Bhaskar Majumder

Prof. Bhaskar Majumder, an eminent economist, is the Professor of Economics at GB Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad. He was the Professor and Head of the Centre for Development Studies, Central University of Bihar, Patna. He has published nine books, 69 research papers, 32 chapters,15 review articles and was invited to lectures at premier institutes and universities over 50 times. He has 85 papers published in various seminars and conferences.
He also worked in research projects for Planning Commission (India), World Bank, ICSSR (GoI), NTPC, etc. A meritorious student, Bhaskar was the Visiting Scholar in MSH, Paris under Indo-French Cultural Exchange Programme. He loves speed, football and radical ideology.
Prof. Bhaskar Majumder

A photograph of a diamond dress of one of the daughters of the Ambanis, in a mobile phone failed to inspire awe. It was abhorrent. It is vulgarism or ridiculing the income/asset poverty of the millions in India or that one diamond dress could fetch million clothes for the daughters of the million poor families. What ashamed Bhaskar […]

Phase Five Polls in UP: Split of Muslim Votes between SP-Cong Alliance and BSP to help BJP

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande has been practicing yoga since she was 9 years old in Iyengar Yoga. In April 1995, she performed at the International Yoga Seminar. In January 2003, Navodita taught at Hare Rama Hare Krishna Mandir in New York. Navodita had a Yoga show on NDTV 24x7 and was also the official yoga trainer for Miss Delhi contestants in 2007. She currently teaches Yoga and Reiki to
people in Kanpur.
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The BJP strategy has been to tackle polarisation of Muslim votes with the counter-polarisation of Hindu votes in its favour. Towards that end, we already have star campaigners, Modi and Shah making communally aggressive statements, a strategy that had worked for the party, in 2014. So if the alliance does not bring in the expected […]

Narendra Jadhav was against Reservation for his Daughter; Befitting next President of India

Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad is a physician /psychiatrist holding doctorates in pharmacology, history and philosophy plus a higher doctorate. He is also a qualified barrister and geneticist. He is a regular columnist in several newspapers, has published over 100 books and has been described by the Cambridge News as the 'most educationally qualified in the world'.
Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

Narendra Jadhav has all the credentials to be a great President of India. He was born in a Dalit family in Bombay and having read his unputdownable autobiography, I would not be very wrong in stating that his background is very similar that of Bhimrao Ambedkar. He got an opportunity to complete his education and […]

UP Phase Four: Road Shows, Nasty Verbal Duals Lead to Polling in 53 Seats, across 12 Districts

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande has been practicing yoga since she was 9 years old in Iyengar Yoga. In April 1995, she performed at the International Yoga Seminar. In January 2003, Navodita taught at Hare Rama Hare Krishna Mandir in New York. Navodita had a Yoga show on NDTV 24x7 and was also the official yoga trainer for Miss Delhi contestants in 2007. She currently teaches Yoga and Reiki to
people in Kanpur.
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The SP-Congress alliance faces yet another challenge where SP won 24 of the 53 seats that are going to polls, across 12 districts. The fate of 680 candidates will be decided in the fourth phase of the polls in UP. As campaigning for the fourth phase ended on Tuesday with top leaders of the Bharatiya Janata […]

Musings on Martyrdom: Ibaadat sey Shahdat!

Sunil Kumar Banerjee

Sunil Kumar Banerjee

Commissioned in the Indian Airforce (IAF) in 1978, Sunil Kumar Banerjee took premature retirement in the rank of Wing Commander. Military Combat Free Fall Instructor for over a decade and have made over 1000 parachute jumps over different Dropping Zones. He is the Founder Member of the elite “Akashganga”, the Indian Air Force Team and was featured in the Limca Book of Records for pioneering work in Canopy Flying in India.
Sunil Kumar Banerjee

The Cellular Jail, in Port Blair, completed in 1906, is a National Memorial and a place of pilgrimage for all freedom loving people. Many today would be proud to know that it was in these infamous “cells” great sons of India preferred to perish unknown and unsung, to court a ghastlier form of slow death in fighting for […]

Third Phase Polls: UP Heartland to Witness SP-BJP Clash; Muslims and Dalits might Favour BSP

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande has been practicing yoga since she was 9 years old in Iyengar Yoga. In April 1995, she performed at the International Yoga Seminar. In January 2003, Navodita taught at Hare Rama Hare Krishna Mandir in New York. Navodita had a Yoga show on NDTV 24x7 and was also the official yoga trainer for Miss Delhi contestants in 2007. She currently teaches Yoga and Reiki to
people in Kanpur.
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  Central UP has been voting in the third phase amidst jumlas and high-profile campaigning across 12 districts for 69 Assembly seats. Although there are no clear signs of anti-incumbency against Akhilesh Yadav, the enthusiasm to bring the incumbent back to power is missing. An excessive reliance of the SP-Congress coalition to woo Muslims has […]

Will the Enhanced Budget Allocation make Women Safer in NCR and Elsewhere?

Prof. Bhaskar Majumder

Prof. Bhaskar Majumder

Prof. Bhaskar Majumder, an eminent economist, is the Professor of Economics at GB Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad. He was the Professor and Head of the Centre for Development Studies, Central University of Bihar, Patna. He has published nine books, 69 research papers, 32 chapters,15 review articles and was invited to lectures at premier institutes and universities over 50 times. He has 85 papers published in various seminars and conferences.
He also worked in research projects for Planning Commission (India), World Bank, ICSSR (GoI), NTPC, etc. A meritorious student, Bhaskar was the Visiting Scholar in MSH, Paris under Indo-French Cultural Exchange Programme. He loves speed, football and radical ideology.
Prof. Bhaskar Majumder

Enhancement of budget allocation for the police for the Nirbhaya Fund, for the safety of women, though welcome, is not enough to ensure their protection. The government might have increased budget in the education institutions for gender studies and awareness too, feels social scientist, Bhaskar. He also appeals that the folly of a simple soldier, […]

Gujarat Police Unleash Brutality, Lathi Charge Protesting Farmers

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AIKMS strongly condemned lathi charge and tear gas firing on 5000 protesting farmers of Sanand, Gujarat, who were marching to Gandhinagar against the government having diverted irrigation water for their fields for Sanand industries. On Tuesday (Feb 14) about 5000 farmers began the march on tractors. They were from 32 villages of the area including Veeramgam, Bavla, and Sanand. […]

Bijnor Murder to Polarise the Second Phase of Voting in UP; Rebels in Cong, BJP Spoilers in the Uttarakhand Polls

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande has been practicing yoga since she was 9 years old in Iyengar Yoga. In April 1995, she performed at the International Yoga Seminar. In January 2003, Navodita taught at Hare Rama Hare Krishna Mandir in New York. Navodita had a Yoga show on NDTV 24x7 and was also the official yoga trainer for Miss Delhi contestants in 2007. She currently teaches Yoga and Reiki to
people in Kanpur.
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In the second phase of polling in UP, 721 candidates are in the fray out of which 69 are female, while there is also a nominee from the third gender; 11 districts are going to polls for 67 Assembly seats in and around Rohilkhand. This phase of polling will be affected by the Bijnor murder […]

Indian Elections: The Politics of Insults, Anger and Debasement Destroy the Democratic Fibre

Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad is a physician /psychiatrist holding doctorates in pharmacology, history and philosophy plus a higher doctorate. He is also a qualified barrister and geneticist. He is a regular columnist in several newspapers, has published over 100 books and has been described by the Cambridge News as the 'most educationally qualified in the world'.
Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

It is a matter of deep concern to note the direction political discourses have taken during the last few elections. It is simply pointless to dwell over who initiated this process of debasement; the simple fact is that each and every party was more than prepared to play this unfortunate game showing no inclination at […]

Why the Youth become Wasters, Goons and Henchmen of Politicians in UP?

Ashish Kumar Singh

Ashish Kumar Singh

Ashish Kumar Singh is interested in human rights issues. He has two Masters Degrees in social sciences and works towards making the society just and democratic. He has over five-year experience in policy research, project management, governance assessment and development communication. He has also honed his skills in data collection, literature reviews and preparation of reports and concepts notes. Ashish began his career as a journalist and writes for the print and online media.
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The total population of UP in the age group 15-24 years is 40,619,000, while the sex ratio is 871/1000; 82% in urban areas and 81% in rural areas are literate. A large number of the youth in the state remains unemployed. Craig Jeffrey’s book, Time Pass: Youth, Class, and Politics of Waiting in India, explores various activities of […]

India and Kleptocracy: Are we a Nation of Crooks?

Sreelata Menon

Sreelata Menon

When computers hit the scene, life changed for Sreelata Menon. A Masters in History (Mumbai University) she was with the Onlooker and world Trade Magazines before teaching History to undergraduates and doing a stint in an advertising agency. A web content writer, she wrote blogs on freelance writing, and current happenings for online and print publications. Author of ‘Freelance Writing for the Newbie Writer’ her books also include Guru Nanak and Indira Gandhi for Penguin-Puffin.
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Why is India so corrupt? An old license and rule-bound bureaucracy with cumbersome procedures and processes with the lack of transparency aided and abetted by unscrupulous henchmen, who have been elected are said to have landed us in this mess. From driving license to LPG cylinder cards, everyone takes a cut. No doubt. But if we choose not […]