Politics

Not in my Name: We all are Blood-Stained

The recent lynching of teenaged boy Junaid in the name of Beefeater left our columnist Mahima deeply shocked. Unable to participate in #NotInMyName protest as she was travelling, she decided to be a part of the protest through her poem. She asks all of us to stand up against such brutal acts, as mute spectators, […]

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Religion in Public Sphere: Can we Apply Rawls and Habermas Perspectives in the Indian Context?

Our Editor-at-Large, Norway-based Amit, debates on the religion in public sphere issue, in the Rawlsian and Habermasian perspectives. He contextualises these in the Indian context. Here are the erudite deliberations, exclusively in Different Truths. India is neither an absolute secular country nor a theocratic state with a state religion. However, in a Hindu majority country religion […]

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Limits of Scientific Experimentation in Political Science

Political scientists whose subject matter falls outside the field of political behaviour tend to regard experimentation as impractical or unethical or both. Few researchers are comfortable with the idea of randomly altering constitutional arrangements, alliances, or political cultures. This is usually where the discussion of experimental methods ends. But experimental thinking can be useful even […]

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Where is the 11th Panchen Lama Missing for the last 22 years?

Within three days of the identification of 11th Panchen Lama Gedhun Choekyi Nyima recognised by His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, the child was kidnapped by the Chinese forces and was replaced by Gyaincain Norbu. His parents were members of the Communist Party. It’s almost 22 years since the disappearance of the 11th Panchen Lama, […]

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Modi Polarises Phase Six Polls of UP Assembly; First Phase of Poll in Manipur Begins Today

Narendra Modi has moved centre stage in U.P. in the closing days of the campaign, shifting from a sharp attack on the shortcomings of his political rivals to a dual strategy of isolating the Yadav community even as he makes a no-holds- barred attempt to polarise the polls. Sections of the Yadavs and the Dalits that voted BJP, […]

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Why is Secularism Misunderstood in India?

The political meaning of secularism is a separation of religion and state, popularly known as separation of the State power and the Church. Secularism is formed and adopted in western countries and America after a long debate, discussion and action of at least 400 years. In the starting, in the seventeenth century, it meant to transfer church properties […]

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Genes and Identity: Diseases, Medicines, Homosexuality and Identity Politics – II

Some children may come from a gene pool that enables them to play the violin at age four and to compose symphonies at ten. We search for genetic markers of these exceptional desirable abilities as well. The possibility of genes that protect against diseases is also spurring genetic hunts. For example, Alzheimer’s disease shows up rarely or not at […]

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UP in the Lurch; Elections Bring Hope

Assembly elections have been declared in five states. Demonetisation might play a crucial role in Uttar Pradesh. The Samajwadi Party (SP) is caught up in family feud and inner party factions. Will BSP gain, if the Muslim vote shifted in its favour from the SP? Will BJP retain its lead, as a big chunk of Yadav and non-Yadav […]

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Genes and Identity: Genetic Finger Printing, Crime and Racism – I

Genetic fingerprinting is now considered remarkably reliable. One little-noticed effect was on the law-enforcement system. The FBI now has an enormous data bank containing DNA profiles of certain neighbourhoods. If you come from a neighbourhood where crime is common (in fact, as opposed to local folklore), the FBI knows an awful lot about your neighbours’ genomes and, by statistical […]

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What is the Relevance of Exit Polls in a Democracy?

To determine what future the exit poll should have, we need to assess the purposes it can serve, how well it can serve them, what alternatives exist, and what the relative costs and benefits of exit polls are vis-à- vis alternative techniques. The exit poll’s most familiar purpose is to provide the backbone of a system that can […]

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