Politics

Does Diversity of India Require Structural Changes to Manage Ethnic and Religious Tussles?

The Indian party system is more or less based on the caste system and religious affiliations; political parties tend to support their ethnic and religious affiliations/ideology, thus creating an ‘ethnic/religious rift’ in society. This rift in society often takes the forms of ethnic and communal conflict. Our Editor-at-Large. Amit, takes a hard look at the […]

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Why the Hullabaloo about Beef Consumption and Religious Identity in India?

The underlying reason, of course, is that it is easier to stick to ritualistic beliefs to cement the postulates of our identities rather than make a sincere endeavour to make a personal analysis of the philosophical edifices on which a religious identity stands. Beef consumption has succeeded in polarising the entire discourse. Nearly half a […]

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A Retrospective of Concern for Human Values: Letters to Namdeo Dhasal by Chandramohan S

Chandramohan’s poems portray subaltern life with exactitude and his concern for human values is quite evident in almost all poems in this collection. Poem after poem one can sense the essence of his attitude to stand up with all forms of discrimination. Pankajam reviews his poems, exclusively in Different Truths. Letters to Namdeo Dhasal Author: […]

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Is Undeclared War Worse than a Declared One!

Pakistan has flouted every norm of decency in its dealings with India. It has no compunctions allowing terrorism in India to be planned on its soil. It has absolutely no inhibitions about affording state protection to the most rabid believers of ‘jihad’. It is pointless to expect the religious-military establishment to even contemplate peace with […]

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Is the Indian Democracy Declining?

Our Editor-at-Large, Norway-based Amit, focuses on the declining democratic values and rising fascistic, extremist and dictatorial tendencies in contemporary Indian politics and society. An expose with hard facts, exclusively in Different Truths. These are the dark times for democracy and freedom in India; times when reason is being replaced by the revelations; logic replaced by […]

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Kannur: Where Beauty and Death go Hand in Hand

The agrarian peasant-landlord clashes that turned feudalism on its head in Kerala provided a fertile hunting ground for Communists. And this erstwhile fief of the12th Century Hindu Kolathiri Rajahs and the 17th century Muslim Sultanate of Arakkal soon became the nurturing ground of great political activism. The spread of Communism and the birth of the […]

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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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Ideology, Democratic Traditions and Yogi Adityanath’s Ascent in Uttar Pradesh

Ideology and democratic traditions, the world over, have time and again proved that those with divisive and racist views were pushed to the fringes. Enoch Powell, a brilliant statesman in the UK, whose 1968 speech, the ‘rivers of blood’, put a halt to his political career. In the US, David Duke was ousted because of […]

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What are the Central Problems of the Indian Economy?

It is difficult to point out what are the central problems of the Indian economy. How does one find out the central problems in such a diverse society, asks Prof. Bhaskar? He next turns his gaze at migration and abject poverty despite tall claims by MNREGA. His interview with a 10-year-old girl, who looked after […]

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Pegyal, the 146th Martyr, Self-immolated Himself for the Liberation of Tibet

Pegyal is the 146th Tibetan to self-immolate and the first reported in 2017. This is the second self-immolation from the region – Nyarong. The 24-year-old bachelor was the sole breadwinner of his family of six in Tibet. Within minutes the police of the communist regime arrived and took away the charred body, so that the […]

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