Politics

A Child murdered in Ryan; Tom Alter Fights Cancer; Sasikala Ousted; Blast in London Tube and Rohingya Refugees

Reading Time: 3 minutesThis week, Shail recasts five major events in the week that was in verse. A seven-year-child was brutally murdered in Ryan International School, Gurgaon, actor Tom Alter fights Cancer, Sasikala was ousted from her party in Tamilnadu, a blast in London tube injured many as terrorism raised its ugly head once again and the plight […]

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The Vulnerability of Religiosity: How Fake Godmen Rule the Roost!

Reading Time: 3 minutesNagpur-based Sunita exposes the chinks – rather cracks – in the armours of the socio-political and socio-economic structures. These bizarre figureheads continue to draw vulnerable people in the name of religion.  Much like the axiomatic Pied Piper, be it the aged dhoti-clad reader-of-scriptures or the bling-apparelled, gem-studded glib talker – hundreds of thousands of followers […]

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Another Godman Convicted; Justice for Rape Victim

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe special CBI court sentenced Dera chief Ram Rahim to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment, on Monday.  Additionally, a fine of Rs. 15 lakh has been imposed on him for each of the two cases. Ram Rahim’s lawyer, however, says they will appeal in higher courts. A compensation of Rs. 14 lakh to each of […]

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Gorakhpur Hospital Deaths: Passing the Buck is no Answer to Grim Tragedy

Reading Time: 7 minutesThe scarcity of oxygen due to non-payment of bills caused deaths of nearly 70 children in Gorakhpur. A parent came up with a heart-wrenching tale of the attending doctor not providing him with a death certificate after his child had passed away. Under the circumstances, it would be very difficult to get at the whole […]

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No Independence Celebrations Day in Assam: Are we Truly Liberated?

Reading Time: 3 minutesWhen the whole nation is decked up in tricolor, saffron, white and green, Assam is terribly silent. It observes bandh, year after year. The saddest part of it is that even small children are deprived of enjoying the I-Day celebrations. They are learning a complete wrong lesson about India’s independence. Here’s an eye-opening report by […]

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Playing Ducks and Drakes with the Unique Ethos of Kerala

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe distrust of the RSS-BJP whose professed ideology is at variance with and is abhorrent to the local populace, who are all equal participants in the political narrative of the state. Their modus operandi as experience has shown – displace opposition governments through strident nationalist posturing and communal overhype was on course. In accordance, letting […]

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The Perpetrator Beta vs. the Victim Beti: Tales from a Chauvinistic Society

Reading Time: 5 minutesVarnika Kundu, daughter of an IAS officer, was terrorised and almost kidnapped, in Chandigarh, by Vikas Barala, son of BJP Haryana chief. Our New Delhi-based columnist, Payal says that nobody has a right to shame a woman because she drinks, or drives out late at night, is independent, or does not have a protector. As […]

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

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe 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?

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe 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

Reading Time: 5 minutesChandramohan’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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