Opinion

Opinion

The Communication of Identity

We tend to unconsciously construct identities of ourselves but also form identities of other groups who we identify as different from through communication, based on stereotypes. These stereotypes or prejudices act as barriers towards successful intercultural communication. Seattle-based Chhavi examines the communication of identity issues, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. “Culture is […]

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What is Beauty: The Debate Continues!

Beauty can illustrate an idea; a perfection. Or, because of its identification with women (more accurately, with Woman), it can trigger the usual ambivalence that stems from the age-old denigration of the feminine. Beauty is theatrical, it is being looked at and admired; and the word is as likely to suggest the beauty industry (beauty […]

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Means Are as Important as the Ends

Many may deride Gandhi today. Still, if we think deeply, he was the one who genuinely believed that a freedom won by bad means would be a bad freedom. He has been proved right. Jamuna revisits history and asserts the relevance of Mahatma Gandhi in an era of growing intolerance and violence, exclusively in Different Truths. […]

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On Writing: Is Destruction Necessary for Creation?

The dynamics of creative writing has often eluded writers (poets included). In response to Jeanette Winterson, advice on writing, “Experiment, play, throw away,” Abha, an author of repute, talks to a cross-section of contemporary writers, and differs with Winterson. Here’s an interesting debate, exclusively in Different Truths. Recently I came across a statement that filled […]

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Brilliant Captaincy of Michael Tissera Scripted Ceylonese Test Match Victory in Mid-Sixties

A 25-year-old youngster, Michael Tissera, was asked to lead Ceylon. It was not a Test playing country at the time and had only one international victory to its credit against the Pakistan A-Team. Ashoka tells us how he used his acumen and won a match for his country, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different […]

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Modi reassures Inclusive Democracy: Hopefully Partisan Politics will be Passe

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 […]

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Women Subjugation and the Role of World Religions in its Continuance

There have been researches done on all religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Protestant and Catholic Christianity, Islam, and native indigenous religions – they preach the same beliefs on a base level. There is a reward for good deed and punishment for a bad deed. They teach us how to be compassionate and forgiving towards all […]

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

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 […]

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Dress of Diamonds: Whose Wealth is it anyway!

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 […]

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

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 […]

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