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Marxism has to be Scientifically Applied in India

Reading Time: 6 minutesKarl Marx was a great scientific thinker, yet there are some pseudo-intellectuals who have distorted Marxism. They have written books to prove that Marxism is no more relevant in the contemporary world. Their main aim is to continue with the status quo and serve the existing bourgeois society. Here’s a tribute, for Different Truths. Karl […]

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Mahaguru and Mahatma: A Reflection on the Relationship between Tagore and Gandhi

Reading Time: 5 minutesThere were many striking contrasts between these two personalities. Yet they found some common chord and there began a friendship which lasted till Tagore’s death in 1941. As early as 1915, we find Tagore referring to Gandhi as ‘Mahatma’ and Gandhi readily adopted the form of addressing Tagore as ‘Gurudev’. Theirs was not a friendship […]

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Time has come to Rediscover Karl Marx

Reading Time: 6 minutesMarx sought to question every new socio-economic projection. He rejected dogmatism. Such was his contempt of the dogmatists in his own days that shortly before he died in 1883, he wrote a letter to the French workers’ leader Jules Guesede and his own son-in-law, Paul Lafargue, rebuking them for “revolutionary phrase-mongering”. And he added, “If […]

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Lord Archibald Fenner Brockway: An Englishman with an Indian Soul

Reading Time: 4 minutesArchibald Fenner Brockway died almost exactly 30 years ago on the 28th of April, 1988, six months short of his centenary. Just before his demise, he had completed his last book titled Ninety-nine Not Out! A Pacifist, he opposed imperialism. He opposed Gandhi’s arrest in 1930 and was suspended from the British parliament. The author […]

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Charlie Chaplin: The Tragicomic Tramp Who Won Many Hearts Ruchira Adhikari Ghosh

Reading Time: 3 minutesSir Charles Spencer Chaplin, (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977), an English comic actor, better known as Charlie Chaplin, is the greatest comedian that the cine world has ever produced. Charlie Chaplin, the Tramp, is depicted as passing through several rough and tough patches. There are times when he is treated shabbily, duped, jilted, […]

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Is Subramanian Swamy the Enoch Powell of Indian Politics!

Reading Time: 5 minutesTwo prominent politicians, mavericks in their own rights, Enoch Powell, in the UK, and Subramanian Swamy, from India, have a lot in common. Prof. Ashoka draws an interesting parallel between them, exclusively for Different Truths. Most sovereign parliaments in a democratic polity have been known to nurture superlative debating talents. The House of Commons in Westminster […]

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Professor Obaid Siddiqi: A Tribute on his Birth Anniversary!

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe most distressing part is that not just Prof. Obaid Siddiqui’s contributions, but the person himself is not remembered the way he should have been, not just in Uttar Pradesh, the state he belonged to and Purvanchal region where he was born and brought up but also in the scientific circles, states Prof. Ashoka, paying […]

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Homaji Vyrawalla, the First Lady of the Lens from India

Reading Time: 3 minutesLate Homaji Vyrawalla, the first lady photojournalist of India who was absolutely at ease in the then male-dominated bastion. She captured the birth and growth of a new nation. In 2011, Vyrawalla was awarded Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award. Mira profiles the first lens woman of India, exclusively for Different Truths. India has […]

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Why Jaishankar Prasad Deserves the Bharat Ratna?

Reading Time: 3 minutesThis article is written with the intention to generate support for the candidacy for Bharat Ratna award for Jaishankar Prasad, a Hindi language legend, simultaneously spreading awareness about his contribution to Hindi literature. A community called, ‘Bharat Ratna for Jaishankar Prasad’ has started a campaign for Bharat Ratna award in Varanasi on 30th August 2017. […]

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Amarnatha Jha: A Quintessential English Gent, an Exemplary Teacher, Respected Vice Chancellor

Reading Time: 4 minutesAshoka pays rich tributes to an exemplary teacher, an outstanding scholar, and an able administrator Prof. Amarnatha Jha, on his 63rd death anniversary, on Sept 2 (Saturday). He was Vice Chancellor of Allahabad University for three terms and that of Banaras Hindu University. He seemed to convey the impression of a snobbish quintessential English gent but […]

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