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The Role of Humour in Resolving Conflicts

Kavita Panyam

Kavita Panyam is a Counselling Psychologist by profession and a freelance writer by passion. She has won competitions in various magazines for slogan writing, reviews, and several blogging competitions. Her work has been published in reputed magazines across India and abroad. She writes for several well-known ezines and for print magazines. She also features as a guest contributor for various websites.

Conflict is an inevitable part of life, and humour helps in resolving it in a healthy way, leading to stronger bonds. Hyderabad-based Kavita, a practicing psychologist, tells us the importance of humour in resolving conflicts between partners, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Conflict is a part of life. It exists as a […]

Road Safety for Senior Citizens

Rita Bhattacharjee

Rita Bhattacharjee

Rita Bhattacharjee is a communications consultant with extensive experience in managing corporate and internal communications for companies across diverse industries, including non-profit organizations. She is the co-founder of Mission Arogya and Arogya HomeCare and has recently relocated from the US to India to channel her skills towards social entrepreneurship to increase awareness and reduce disparity in public health.She also writes poetry, some of which have been published in reputed international journals.
Rita Bhattacharjee

Elders and senior citizens need to be very careful while walking and crossing streets. They account for nearly half of all pedestrian fatalities. Rita tells us the safeguards that seniors must take, in the regular column, exclusively for Different Truths. Senior citizens account for almost half of all pedestrian fatalities, meaning that seniors are almost […]

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 […]

How Purba, the Survivor, returned from a Journey to Hell?

Nandita Samanta

Nandita Samanta

A science graduate and an ex-Biology teacher; a trilingual poet (English /Hindi/Bengali), short story writer, painter and a dancer. Born in West Bengal, a resident of Salt Lake, Kolkata. Nandita spent her childhood in different states. It enriched her literary journey. Her writings are published in various international and national anthologies, magazines, webzines, newspapers, and journals. She writes on vivid themes, based on her observations on life, love, ambition, nature, culture, folklore, mythology, etc.
Nandita Samanta

Trafficking of women is an international commercial activity in which force, coercion, and fraud are used to transport women across international boundaries for economic gain. As a complex organised criminal activity, human trafficking is comparable to the trafficking of drugs and weapons, but it is more profitable and less risky because many forms of the […]

Children of Hope: Face to Face with Dalai Lama

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

Eswar reminisces meeting His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama for the first time. He recalls the deep reverence among the Tibetan people for their religious leader. Read more about his overwhelming experience, in the regular column, exclusively for Different Truths. It was a day that I was looking forward to. A day I had dreamt […]

Universalism Vs Relativism: Honour Killings of Women in India

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

Cases of honour killings represent an old tussle between universality of human rights and particularity/relativism – in this case, particular. Against this background, this article critically examines the role of universal human rights norms to protect the victims of particularity (in this case murdered women). It also examines the concept of cultural relativism and universalism […]

Rights of the Elderly: Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens

Rita Bhattacharjee

Rita Bhattacharjee

Rita Bhattacharjee is a communications consultant with extensive experience in managing corporate and internal communications for companies across diverse industries, including non-profit organizations. She is the co-founder of Mission Arogya and Arogya HomeCare and has recently relocated from the US to India to channel her skills towards social entrepreneurship to increase awareness and reduce disparity in public health.She also writes poetry, some of which have been published in reputed international journals.
Rita Bhattacharjee

More and more couples are working full time, families have become smaller and nuclear, migration, and consumerism have become the order of the day. At the same time, life expectancy of the elderly has gone up from 32 years, in 1947, to 67 years, in 2001. All these factors cause pressures on families resulting in abuse, neglect and […]

The Prince of Kolkata Bats for the Unsung Princesses

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In its endeavour to ensure access to education for the girl-child, CRY receives support from the legendary Sourav Ganguly, who, apart from being a cricket-icon, is also a doting father to a “very pretty and clever young girl, Sana”. In many parts of India, the birth of a girl-child is not welcomed is a known fact. It […]

Rights of the Elderly: Government Policies and Schemes for Older Persons

Rita Bhattacharjee

Rita Bhattacharjee

Rita Bhattacharjee is a communications consultant with extensive experience in managing corporate and internal communications for companies across diverse industries, including non-profit organizations. She is the co-founder of Mission Arogya and Arogya HomeCare and has recently relocated from the US to India to channel her skills towards social entrepreneurship to increase awareness and reduce disparity in public health.She also writes poetry, some of which have been published in reputed international journals.
Rita Bhattacharjee

The precise onset of old age varies culturally and historically. It is a social construct, rather than a biological stage. The persons in India, who have attained the age of sixty years and above, are defined as elderly for the purpose of availing old age benefits. Over the years, the government has launched various schemes […]

Torture is Illegal and Inhuman

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

Torture is the worst ever human invention. The main focus of this article is on the preventative measures against torture and ill-treatment by state agents, particularly law enforcement officials. In addition, brief information on standards on torture is given along with rights of torture victims. Here’s an in-depth research article on torture, by Amit, our Norway-based Editor-at-large, […]

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, […]

Human Rights of the Elderly

Rita Bhattacharjee

Rita Bhattacharjee

Rita Bhattacharjee is a communications consultant with extensive experience in managing corporate and internal communications for companies across diverse industries, including non-profit organizations. She is the co-founder of Mission Arogya and Arogya HomeCare and has recently relocated from the US to India to channel her skills towards social entrepreneurship to increase awareness and reduce disparity in public health.She also writes poetry, some of which have been published in reputed international journals.
Rita Bhattacharjee

As per the analysis of census 2011 data, the population of older persons in India has already crossed the unique mark of 100 million. The study records that with increasing popularity of nuclear family system and continuous migration, elderly people are constantly being marginalized and isolated, particularly in urban areas. Emotional, social, financial, medical and legal security structure is […]

Mother of Dalai Lala Gives an Account of the Escape into the Exile

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

It was in a nick of time because by then Chinese had picked the younger brother of Dalai Lama, Tendzin Choegyal to their military headquarters. They had also come to pick Diki Tsering by entering her personal chambers, but her attendant forcefully pushed them away telling she was not well. Disguised as soldiers by borrowing her son-in- law’s […]

Dalit Writings are Revolt Literature: A Research Outline of Understanding the Making of the Activist Discourse

Basudeb Chakraborti

Basudeb Chakraborti

Basudeb Chakraborti is a retired professor of English and Faculty Dean, University of Kalyani. He founded the Department of English in Sikkim Central University (2013). He taught in the USA and India. He wrote more than 100 articles in different literary journals in India and abroad. Among his books, Thomas Hardy's View of Happiness, Some Problems of Translation: A Study of Tagore's Red Oleanders, Indian Partition Fiction in English and in English Translation, etc.
Basudeb Chakraborti

A good number of Dalits intuitively believe that they are born to do the perennial drudgery and thralldom to upper-class Hindus. Their belief has become almost and nearly instinctive because of thousand years of the practice of their servitude. They believe that it is their pious duty to serve upper-class  Hindus for the sake of the […]

A Step into Serenity, Thanks to Chetan

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

Environmental peace is threatened by the urban and industrial noises. Also, noise pollution is the cause of many psycho and psychosomatic diseases, including depression and deafness. This situation is more alarming in India where due to lack of awareness among people and poor implementation of related laws, noise pollution is increasing leaps and bounds. In this context, a social […]

Complexities and Challenges of Inequality in Educating Children in India

Ashish Singh & Aleksei Opacic

Ashish Singh & Aleksei Opacic

Ashish Singh is working as a Consultant: Programmes, Policies & Communications with ActionAid India, New Delhi.

Aleksei Opacic is a student at King’s College, Cambridge.
Ashish Singh & Aleksei Opacic

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The report and interventions say that access to education alone is insufficient. More efforts are needed to keep marginalised children in school and ensure learning by providing quality education. Even after the enactment of Right to Education Act, 2009, and schemes like midday meal scheme to provide lunch to school going children, the dropout rates are very high. Approximately two-fifth of […]

Old is Gold: These are few of my Favourite Films about Aging and the Elderly

Rita Bhattacharjee

Rita Bhattacharjee

Rita Bhattacharjee is a communications consultant with extensive experience in managing corporate and internal communications for companies across diverse industries, including non-profit organizations. She is the co-founder of Mission Arogya and Arogya HomeCare and has recently relocated from the US to India to channel her skills towards social entrepreneurship to increase awareness and reduce disparity in public health.She also writes poetry, some of which have been published in reputed international journals.
Rita Bhattacharjee

Rita revisits seven sensitive films that break the stereotypes of the elderly – grumpy old men or kindly, self-sacrificing grandmothers. Only once in a while does a movie with interesting senior characters comes along and when it does, bravura performances by the elderly cast are an added bonus. Here are the thumbnail reviews, by the columnist, of the films […]

Volunteering and the Elderly: Seniors Helping Seniors

Rita Bhattacharjee

Rita Bhattacharjee

Rita Bhattacharjee is a communications consultant with extensive experience in managing corporate and internal communications for companies across diverse industries, including non-profit organizations. She is the co-founder of Mission Arogya and Arogya HomeCare and has recently relocated from the US to India to channel her skills towards social entrepreneurship to increase awareness and reduce disparity in public health.She also writes poetry, some of which have been published in reputed international journals.
Rita Bhattacharjee

Senior volunteerism isn’t just beneficial for those being helped – research shows that volunteering confers mental and physical health benefits for those doing the helping. It also fosters positive social and family relationships and contributes to a positive image of seniors as a healthy and vital part of our society. Senior volunteers are a great asset to their communities. […]

Bihar Education Budget: High on Inclusion, Low on Per-Student Spending

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With one-fifth of its state budget earmarked for school education and allocating provisions for the most marginalised children, Bihar has shown positive intent, while the state lags behind in per-student spending and school infrastructure, as revealed by a recent study done by CRY and CBGA. Here’s a report. Even though having allocated close to one-fifth of the total […]

Open Letter of a Woman to the New Year Star

Blue Eve

Blue Eve

Blue Eve is an author and poet. She uses poetry as a tool of protest against social atrocities as well as to celebrate womanhood, sights and sounds of nature.
Blue Eve

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She is the woman of the world. She loves stars, those twinkling little stars that dangled on her poetry book and sparkled on cold nights to give her company and comfort. She slept on the soft grass and spoke on constellations to her lover, as he would be busy touching and feeling her flesh. But she would be […]

Is it a Dark New Year for the Diego Garcians? Will they get back their Land?

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

Diego Garcia is an atoll in the Indian Ocean, which has been converted into an American military base where no one is allowed to set a foot without official permission. This has been the state of affairs since 1966 when it was leased by United Kingdom to the US for fifty years. All the United States had to […]

Speech of Lenin at the Recent Rev. M.A. Thomas National Human Rights Award-2016

Shruti Nagvanshi

Shruti Nagvanshi

Shruti is a social activist and co-founder of People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Right (PVCHR), India. A strong activist in favour of justice for the downtrodden, aptly describes Shruti's persona. She has won many national and international awards for her work in promoting social justice and defending rights of the marginalised, vulnerable Dalit women and children, mainly in the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh, India.
Shruti Nagvanshi

Lenin Raghuvanshi’s passionate acceptance speech at the recent Rev. M.A. Thomas National Human Rights Award-2016 ceremony, once again shows the deep commitment and dedication of his life’s avowed mission. A firebrand Human Rights activist, he risked his life and limbs for upholding the cause of the downtrodden. He said, “India is the world’s oldest living civilisations with a vibrant […]

Alzheimer’s: What Causes the Irreversible, Progressive Brain Disorder?

Rita Bhattacharjee

Rita Bhattacharjee

Rita Bhattacharjee is a communications consultant with extensive experience in managing corporate and internal communications for companies across diverse industries, including non-profit organizations. She is the co-founder of Mission Arogya and Arogya HomeCare and has recently relocated from the US to India to channel her skills towards social entrepreneurship to increase awareness and reduce disparity in public health.She also writes poetry, some of which have been published in reputed international journals.
Rita Bhattacharjee

Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. In most people with Alzheimer’s, symptoms first appear in their mid-60s. Such people need our care and compassion. Rita tells us more about the dark and despondent world in which those affected are trapped, in the […]

Interaction of the EU Delegation in Varanasi on Pluralism and Diversity

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A European Union (EU) delegation of six members, visited Varanasi, on Dec 9, on the Human Rights Defenders Day. It met the district officials. Thereafter, Mufti Maulana Batin, Maulana Haroon Rashid and Sant Vivek Das (head priest of Kabirchaura Math) interacted with the delegation at Radisson Hotel. Pluralism, diversity, and hatred politics were main points of nearly an hour-long […]

Larung Gar: The Largest Buddhist Learning Centre in the World Being Demolished now

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

Larung Gar is located in the Kham region of Tibet. It is home to around 40,000 monks, nuns and students, though the official number is around 10,000. The Chinese army is tightening control over the Larung Gar forcibly asking the nuns and monks to leave the place and return to their respective homes after renouncing their nun/monkhood. The […]

Of the Human Rights Day, Dalia Lama and the Tibetan People

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

The Human Rights Day, celebrated world over, on December 10, is the day when the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded. This year marked the 27th year of the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. While the world is honouring, celebrating, upholding Human Rights, the situation inside Tibet sings a different tune. Despite repeated calls […]

Wockhardt Foundation Human Rights Awards: Lenin Raghuvanshi Honoured among others

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Wockhardt Foundation Human Rights Awards were awarded to Lenin Raghuvanshi, Teesta Setalvad, Manoj Jena, Geeta Seshamani and Dr. Shayama Chona. A report. On International Human Rights Day, Wockhardt Foundation announced Wockhardt Foundation Human Rights Popular Award in categories of Child Right Activist to Lenin Raghuvanshi, Minority Right Activist to Teesta Setalvad, Women Rights Activist to Manoj Jena, Animal Rights Activist to Geeta […]

The Right to Life, Liberty and Security: Has India Failed to keep its Human Rights Obligations?

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

The growing number of extra judicial killings, rampant discrimination against vulnerable groups, tribal and Adivasi, including minorities and legal immunity (of perpetrators) Custodial torture, inherent in daily police practice, still remains a serious concern. Police practices include assaults, physical abuses, custodial rape, psychological humiliations, as well as deprivation of food/water/sleep and medical attention. Study shows that every year in India, […]

Domestic Violence: A Heinous Human Rights Violation in Private Space

Shirin Shabana Khan

Shirin Shabana Khan

Shirin Shabana Khan is professional socialworkers, graduated and post graduated in social work. She joined Peoples’ Vigilancecommittee on Human Rights (PVCHR)/Jan Mitra Nyas (JMN) in 2007 during the time when organization was transforming from activist to professional organization. She committed her life for the social cause after coming in close connection with the problem faced by the marginalized section in the society. Now she is program Director of the organization and leading the initiative “Healing and Empowering marginalized communities in India” with specific focus on creating torture free model villages.
Shirin Shabana Khan

The effect of domestic violence is not only physical, psychological or emotional but also impacts upon physical, social, interpersonal and financial domains. The survivors are compelled to live a poor quality of life and they have to financially become dependent on their mayeke (parental home). They also have less societal interaction due to the social shame of anxiety, fear of […]