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Order in Nature

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In 1735, Carl Linnaeus discovered that all living plants and animals can be grouped and organised into a simple hierarchy. He discovered order and organisation in that seeming randomness, informs Prof. Ashoka, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Until the eighteenth century, nature was viewed as a wild profusion of life. Carl Linnaeus discovered […]


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A New Chapter in Russia-India Friendship

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Just a day ahead of Putin’s visit the US had cautioned its allies, especially India, not to enter into transactions with Russia and warned that it would trigger American sanctions. The audacity of the US could be gauged from the fact that a state department official said, “We urge all of our allies and partners […]


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Mayawati Upsets the Assembly Poll Apple Cart: Congress-BSP Alliance in the Dock

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Her reasons for not entering into an alliance in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh are rather flimsy. Significantly, she spared Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi from her tirade but she picked up senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, whom she called a “BJP agent who is opposed” to any tie-up between the two parties. A […]


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South Sudan: A Country in Perpetual Turmoil

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Salva Kiir Mayardit took oath as the first president of the Republic that day in 2011, the new nation not only gratefully savored its first moments of independence from North Sudan but also remembered with sadness the more than two million people who had sacrificed their lives for that very moment. Tears rolled down the […]


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Every Soul has its Song of Life!

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There is a tribe in central Africa, some say it is the Himba Tribe, while some say it is the Ubuntu Tribe, which have a unique tradition. When a woman wants to become a mother, she recluses herself from the tribe and goes to stay in the forest. She stays amongst nature and a song […]


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Empowerment and Wellbeing of African Women

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Many cultural customs and traditions infringe on the rights of women and children by subjecting them to abuse, in keeping with Africa’s gender equality and women’s empowerment agenda, and as part of its advocacy activities. As African women receive education and are recognised with a higher legal status, they provide their households with superior nutrition, […]


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Anansi and the Wisdom Pot

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Anansi is a part of the African folklore. He a popular character in many regions of Africa and is known by many names. He is a trickster character, someone who tries to trick others, but often finds himself trapped in his own web. Here’s a story, recounted by Kiren, how wisdom came to the earth. […]


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The History of the Iteru – The Nile

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The Nile which is one of the longest rivers in the world passes through nine countries in Africa before it reaches Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea. It covers from start to finish a length of 4000 miles, flowing south to north, of which only 900 miles actually go through Egypt. The origins of this legendary […]


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The Inspiring Story of the African American, George Washington Carver

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Veena Gavankar came across the English biography, George Washington Carver, an African American agriculturist, botanist, inventor and environmentalist, written by Shirley Graham and George Lipscomb. She was fascinated with his life and wanted to share his inspiring story with her children. She went on to do a lot of research on Carver and his work […]


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African Women Stand Tall against Female Genital Mutilation

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Butchering girls’ private parts, cutting out healthy flesh in the name of religious ritual is barbaric. Whenever a girl or a woman gets cut, she becomes exposed to numeric infection, including HIV, which is the deadliest of all. Statistics says the places where this practice still takes place are high in HIV infected cases. Africa, […]


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