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Kashmir separatism Featured Politics Society 

Kashmir – Through Three Different Voices

Kashmir: The Land Stuck in Stubborn War   “I write to you for I must Not as a tragic hero or scapegoat Or one tribal outcast as poets must But as one with the burden of truth Though in your possession are truths And versions of truth many That best serves the modern conveniences… Spend years a troublous life and you can’t flee You’ll get nothing. Proven. Dreaded dreams, tortured vision, torn and broken bodies And faces disfigured with immeasurable grief All but have left us withered, spinning Our fatal…

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apurva asrani homosexuality Culture Featured Movies Society 

Apurva Asrani, Homosexuality and the Film Industry

Apurva Asrani, in this short interview, speaks of Aligarh, homosexuality in the film industry and how Bollywood is gradually maturing over the years and helping common people to come out of the closet:   In a country which forbids homosexuality by law, what made you write a screenplay like that of Aligarh? It is an outdated law passed by Henry VIII in 1553 but done away by them in their own country. Besides, the law is unconstitutional. It is in direct conflict with one’s fundamental right to privacy and dignity….

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Military History 1971 Society 

Entry of Military History Into Schools

In a move that could have far reaching consequences, the Welham Boys’ School in Dehradun has taken the initiative to introduce regular classes on India’s military history. The school, which is working with filmmaker/author Shiv Kunal Verma, held the first three sessions between 20 and 22 April. “We have to expand the horizons of our students… we cannot just be limited by what is there or not there in the curriculum. Unfortunately, our military history has been a subject that just hasn’t been given its due,’ says Gunmeet Bindra, the…

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Did Netaji Really Die In The Plane Crash? Politics Society 

India’s Best Kept Secret – Did Netaji really die in the plane crash?

We learn about the past largely from the historians and researchers working on the information available in public domain – in archives, libraries or in private collections. There isn’t much historians can do other than speculate on occasions where they know something is there but can’t reach it. And this mystery is a clear case of history being held hostage to state secrecy. Did Netaji really die in the plane crash? – This is one such question which has been omnipresent in the minds of the Indian diaspora since his…

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A brief about Chenani Nashri tunnel Society 

Chenani Nashri tunnel : A brief about Kashmir’s new lifeline

Chenani Nashri tunnel, also known as Patnitop Tunnel, is a road tunnel in the state of Jammu and Kashmir on NH44. The work had started in 2011 and was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 2 April, 2017. It is Asia’s longest road tunnel. Built at Rs 3720 crore, the tunnel will reduce the distance between Jammu and Kashmir to Srinagar from 41 km to just 10.9 km, potentially saving 99 crores of rupees per year, and a staggering 27 lakhs of fuel money per month. At 50km/hr speed,…

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Attack on Srijato Culture Politics Society 

Attack on Srijato : Another episode of the rising intolerance

As the world celebrated International Poetry Day, another poet’s freedom of expression was put under question here in Bengal, the land which has always been known for its progressive ideas in art and literature. The attack on Srijato Bandopadhyay came from Hindu fanatics, due to his poem ‘Abhishaap’(curse) which he published two days back on Facebook as a protest against Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s comment where he asked Hindus to rape dead Muslim women. An FIR was launched against him at the Siliguri cyber crime station for ‘spreading…

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Indus Water Treaty Politics 

Recent developments over the Indus Water Treaty – Impending Spat?

Indus Water Commissioners of India and Pakistan are set to hold a two-day dialogue in Amritsar on March 20 and 21 after a lull of two years on Indus Water Treaty. The treaty which was signed 57 years ago bounds India and Pakistan to hold a meeting every year. However, the authorities did not convene any in the past two years due to tensions among the two countries. The Indus Water Treaty is a water distribution agreement that was signed on September, 1960 in Karachi by the then Prime Minister…

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