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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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Prof. Yash Pal, Former Chairperson of UGC, Passes Away; he Promoted Scientific Temperament

Reading Time: 4 minutesProf. Yash Pal, a celebrated scientist, and an erudite thinker passed away on Tuesday (June 25). He had once stated that it was the absence of scientific analysis that ultimately led to the partition of the country. A soulful tribute to the great scholar by Ashoka, exclusively in Different Truths. There are individuals who succeed in […]

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Rousseau: A Citizen of Geneva and a Truest Cosmopolitan

Reading Time: 16 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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Unravelling the Mysterious Truths of Shane Brookman

Reading Time: 5 minutesSeattle-based Chhavi profiles Shane Brookman, a 38-year-old student at South Seattle College, talking about his experiences from being a high-school dropout to now continuing and completing his Associate’s of Arts degree in Materials Science Engineering. A musician, he was the former Student Body President. Read more about his search for identity, in the weekly column, […]

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Gandhian Nonviolence Inspired Martin Luther King Jr for Redemption of Afro-Americans

Reading Time: 7 minutesAshoka pays a personal tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., one of his teenage icons, on his 88th birthday, on Sunday (Jan 15). He was presented to the Indian people as a ‘Negro Gandhian’, who was propagating Gandhian ideology amongst the blacks in the United States. The writer says, “Like all impressionable teenagers of my generation, I also fantasised […]

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Dr Raghu Vira: A Forgotten Founding Father of India

Reading Time: 4 minutesDr. Raghu Vira was regarded as perhaps the most erudite figure in the Constituent Assembly of India. He was a great Sanskrit scholar plus a polyglot who could not just speak and write in nine Indian and seven European languages, but also deliver learned oration and conduct debates in them. He went on a study tour of China […]

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Is the Enigmatic Jayalalithaa India’s Eva Peron?

Reading Time: 8 minutesThere is a curious sense of déjà vu that we experience when we recapitulate Jayalalithaa’s remarkable life and career. There was another woman who strode like a colossus in a country almost as large as India and commanded the same devotion and loyalty, who died 64 years ago. Her name was Maria Eva Duarte de Peron and she […]

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