History & Culture

History & Culture

Religious Fervor and Symbolism of Weddings in Andhra Pradesh

Reading Time: 6 minutesRuchira tells us about weddings in Andhra Pradesh, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Nearly four years ago, along with my family, I had flown down to Hyderabad to attend…yes you have guessed right … a typical traditional elaborate Telugu (read Brahmin) wedding. And trust me it was an eye opener, an experience […]

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Dalits Uprooted: Houses Burnt Forcibly by SDM Karchana

Reading Time: 2 minutesSDM Karchana Kuldev Singh clandestinely uprooted and broke into the hutments with JCB machines and set fire to the 40-year-old houses of 19 Dalit landless labourers in Kaundhiyara yesterday. AIKMS Allahabad President, Comrade Ram Kailash tried to reason with the SDM, explaining to him the facts, but he refused to listen to reason. A report, […]

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Capt. Devika: An Officer and a Lady, who Personified Courage

Reading Time: 5 minutesMaj. Gen. Raj recounts the true story of a brave lady doctor, Capt. Devika Gupta, and how she risked her life and limbs to save a wounded soldier. An engrossing anecdote, for Different Truths.  A true-life war zone incident of a lady doctor of the Indian Army, her story of grit and Hippocrates Oath that doctors […]

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Reetwika Banerjee: Five Books, Three Films, 13 Awards makes her a Young Achiever

Reading Time: 8 minutesReetwika Banerjee, a columnist with Different Truths, is a young achiever. She has won 13 awards for her five books and three films. T Mukherjee interviews her, exclusively for Different Truths. TM: Tell us about yourself, Reetwika Banerjee. RB: I am a professional Cyber Security expert and I aim to be a face of women in […]

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The Colourful Kashmiri Wedding

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe picturesque northernmost Indian state of Jammu& Kashmir has its own distinct cultural heritage. Here, in a nutshell, are their wedding customs and traditions of the Kashmiri Hindus. A matrimonial alliance is fixed once the horoscopes match. For the Kasamdry (formal engagement), the two parties assemble at a temple. Prayers are followed by an exchange of flowers – […]

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Touching Lives

Reading Time: 5 minutesShe wanted to marry a classmate from her business school, who was from a different community and working in another small town at the end of the country.  They seemed perfectly matched with similar job profiles and taste and knowing that the young man was also a wannabe writer who had also read the author’s book […]

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Marxism is a Living Science 200 Years Later: Its Revolutionary Ideas are Guide to Action

Reading Time: 4 minutesMarxism is a revolutionary theory. Without it, protests against capitalist exploitation and oppression are limited to demands for reforms, to efforts to alleviate symptoms, without curing the disease. Here’s an analysis, for Different Truths. The ideas of Marxism originated in the middle of the 19th century. It was then that two great social scientists, Karl […]

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Vietnam: Emerging from the Bitter Past of Wars, a Haven of Rich Culture

Reading Time: 4 minutesVietnam is a living saga, where every corner is a witness of the bitter past, the ugly ravages of war. Here people are very innocent, but they are firm and resolute. Sarika takes us on a tour of Vietnam, exclusively for Different Truths. Vietnam was never on my bucket list. What took me there? A […]

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Tagore and Bangladesh

Reading Time: 6 minutesHad there been no stay in East Bengal, Tagore would have been a split soul – a divided personality. A complete and undivided Tagore is that Tagore who is made up of the combination of Calcutta and East Bengal, now Bangladesh. Tagore, however, considered Calcutta and East Bengal as one and the same country—two opposite […]

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Revisiting the Idea of School Education of Rabindranath Tagore

Reading Time: 4 minutesTagore wanted to defend freedom he enjoyed in his family, for all humanity. He remained firmly opposed to colonial education that aimed at material prosperity. He believed that only education could promote freedom of humans and made real effort to carry out his educational mission almost unaided and alone. He was fully conscious of child […]

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