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A Comparative Evaluation of the Scholastic Excellence of Nalanda and Al-Qarawiyyin

Reading Time: 4 minutesNalanda was primarily the Buddhist institution of higher learning, in India. Al-Qarawiyyin has been a centre of Islamic studies, in Morocco. While Nalanda was lost in the ravages of time, Al-Qarawiyyin is the oldest existing educational institution in the world, according to UNESCO and the Guinness Book of World Records. Debjani and Shilpa, the two […]

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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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India through Her Stamps

Reading Time: 5 minutesSreelata tells us about the journey of India through her stamps. With the first General Post Office being opened, in 1774, in Calcutta, followed by Madras (1778) and Bombay (1792) it was Warren Hastings Governor General from 1773-1784 who first threw it open to the public for a fee of two annas per 100 miles. In 1911, Henri […]

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Education, Employment, and Empowerment of Women in India: From 1986 Onwards

Reading Time: 3 minutesDeblina and Debjani’s research shows that women are in better position than before, which was unimaginable even two or three decades back. They talk about the various initiatives taken by the government to empower women. A Different Truths exclusive. Education and employment are the two major milestones of women’s empowerment because they enable women to respond to […]

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Rousseau: A Citizen of Geneva and a Truest Cosmopolitan

Reading Time: 15 minutesRousseau was not shy about his disdain for cosmopolitanism. In his political treatise, The Social Contract, he identified the cosmopolitan as a person who “pretended to love the whole world in order to have the right to love no one.” At the beginning of his pedagogical treatise, Emile, he placed a similarly cutting remark. Later […]

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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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The Story of the Coconut

Reading Time: 5 minutesIn ancient times human sacrifices were a part of life. Propagated by Adi Sankaracharya, who was against the practice of ‘Bali’ or human sacrifice, the coconut perhaps because it resembled a human skull or head replaced the human as an offering. The three eyes were believed to be the eyes of Shiva. Sreelata tells us […]

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The Summer of Freedom and the Sunshine of Human Rights

Reading Time: 5 minutesWhat of those caught within the borders of unpublicised, unseen, unspoken battles for power, for control? What happens when people, due to values of faith, of fealty, of finance, find the summer sun eclipsed by exigencies of circumstance, of access, of politics, of the clash between a global concept of human rights, and a local […]

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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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Dogfight in a Typhoon on Delta 169, Atop Mediterranean, her Dream Sortie in a Red-Flag Eurofighter

Reading Time: 5 minutesSuman is the first Indian civilian and the world’s first civilian woman to experience a Eurofighter Typhoon sortie. It has been her dream sortie. It added another First to her list and she clocked an hour in her log book. Suman earned her badges and certificates. She writes about the thrilling experience. A Different Truths […]

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