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Flavours of Ramadan Culture Featured Society Travel & Food 

Flavours of Ramadan – Around the world

Flavours of Ramadan: Since the holiest month of Islam is in harness, we thought of taking you through the culinary delicacies of Ramadan. A typical day for the one who keeps a roza starts with a meal followed by a strict fast until sundown when after the evening prayer, the fast is broken with a communal gathering to enjoy the Iftar feast. It is believed that Prophet Mohammad broke his fast by eating 3 dates. But fortunately, you don’t have to curb your appetite, because here is a list of…

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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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confessions of a bisexual Featured Society 

Confessions of a Bisexual Woman

I am tired of being told my struggle doesn’t count, or that in fact it isn’t a struggle at all. I am tired of being told that I may be different, but not nearly different enough for it to mean anything. I hate being rejected from one community of people for not being as far separated from the other, to belong with them. I am a 19-year-old cis gender girl (or at least that’s the amount of self exploration I have achieved thus far) and these are the confessions of…

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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 It is an outdated law passed by Henry VIII in 1553 but done away by them in their own country.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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WHO'S Let's Talk Featured Society 

World Health Organisation’s ‘ Let’s Talk ‘ Campaign

April 7th is the World Health Day, as decreed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) , a specialised agency of the United Nations. This year on this day, it launched its anti-depression campaign ‘ Let’s Talk ’. This is a worldwide campaign intended to raise awareness about depression and enable countries to cultivate better facilities to deal with this illness. In India depression carries a social stigma and isn’t viewed as just another bodily illness, but as an unacceptable condition that needs to be brushed under the rug. In a…

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The Art of Living Culture Society 

The Art of Living vs National Green Tribunal

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the Bangalore-based spiritual guru has recently been chided by the National Green Tribunal, the country’s highest environment body with powers equivalent to that of the Supreme Court. The Art of Living founder criticised a recent report on the Yamuna riverbed by a committee of the NGT, alleging bias. The report slams The Art of Living World Culture Festival held last March on the banks of the Yamuna for damaging the riverbank and has also quantified the damage. A team of environment experts has testified to the…

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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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Campus Politics in Kolkata JU Culture Featured Politics Society 

Campus Politics in Kolkata- Rebellion or idealisation?

Campus politics in Kolkata is often viewed in a negative light by parents in the households of the state. It is seen as a wasteful use of time that might be ‘better spent’ on academics. Yet year after year, seniors come in with anecdotes of how they too were forewarned, and ignoring this warning was the best decision they ever made, recruiting freshers into the same narrative. Politics is not a dirty word. We have grown up, seeing the government and their representatives as a conglomeration of the power wielding…

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Begum Jaan has been banned in Pakistan Politics Society 

The Issue with State Narratives – Why was Begum Jaan banned in Pakistan?

Vidya Balan starrer, the remake of National Award winning director Srijit Mukherjee’s Bengali film Rajkahini (2015), has been banned in Pakistan. Yes, you heard that right, Begum Jaan has been banned in Pakistan. Although there was a hush-hush about whether finally the Government of our neighbouring country has given the film a green signal or not, it was declared by Mahesh Bhatt, the producer, a few days after the decision was taken. In an interview with Mid-day, the filmmaker said, “I was told by my distributor that Pakistan, as a policy,…

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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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