Politics

Uber Uber Ban Ban, AI set to Rule the World, Shah Rukh gets the Moon, Khichdi Promo, and Hookah Bar

Reading Time: 3 minutesA far-right activist was banned from ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft after launching into a vitriolic anti-Muslim tirade in the wake of the New York terrorist attack. Stephen Hawking feels that robots (AI) will eventually replace humans completely. SRK, who celebrated his birthday on Friday (Nov. 3) owns several acres of land on Moon. The […]

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Patriotism vs. Nationalism: Beware of the Jingoism of in the Name of a Nation

Reading Time: 5 minutesThere is a worldwide resurgence of the nationalist pitch in politics. A globally surging separatist oratory is slowly and surely pushing back the strides made towards an international integration. To every nation, community and ethnic group the outside world, ‘the other’ has become a den of enmity and hostility. This kind of nationalism poses a threat, reasons Shernaz, […]

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Hokey Godmen and the Mask of Celibacy

Reading Time: 5 minutesSelf-styled guru and father-figure Huzoor Maharaj Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh ji, is the latest Godman, who simply put could not control his urges and felt that his status in the Dera Sacha Sauda gave him rape rights. Now, he has been convicted of rape and sent to jail for 20 years rigorous imprisonment, amidst courtroom […]

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Not in my Name: We all are Blood-Stained

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe 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?

Reading Time: 4 minutesOur 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

Reading Time: 7 minutesPolitical 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?

Reading Time: 3 minutesWithin 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

Reading Time: 4 minutesNarendra 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?

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe 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

Reading Time: 12 minutesSome 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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