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Story Posted on 13-08-2018


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Ramayana, Lahore, Pakistan, Pakistani independence day

'To see Lahore is to be born': A view of Pakistan's famed cultural heart

On Pak Independence Day, an edited excerpt from Haroon Khalid's book 'Imagining Lahore: The City That Is, The City That Was'.


 |  Rough Cut  |  5-minute read
A house for mr biswas, Post-colonialism, A million mutinies now, VS Naipaul

In Sir Vidia's work, India is what it is

Let’s discuss his work and examine him for what he wrote. In that, we will find truths about India only his brutal honesty could illuminate.


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Booker Prize, Nobel Prize in Literature, Author, VS Naipaul

Among the Great: The Passing of VS Naipaul, a literary legend

The Nobel Laureate was often harsh and unsparing - but always readable, and, on occasion, capable of warmth with a flourish.


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Embarrassing names, Name change, Rajasthan, Vasundhare Raje

Why wait for polls: Some village names in India are so embarrassing, they should be changed immediately

Away from the blinding light of politics, these places lie unknown, unnoticed, but unfortunately, not anonymous.


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Trinamool Congress, Communist party of india, CPI(M), Somnath chatterjee

Why Somnath Chatterjee was a 'bhadralok' among Communists

But what would have definitely saddened him is the continuing decline of his erstwhile party.


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Parliament, CPM, Lok Sabha, Somnath chatterjee

How I learnt parliamentary politics from Somnath Chatterjee

He was deeply saddened by the way parliamentarians these days malign the ethics of the Lok Sabha.


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Spacecraft, NASA, Sun, Parker solar probe

Ouch! How NASA finally set out to 'touch' the Sun

But scientists aren’t the only ones 'aboard'. The spacecraft has 1.1 million 'participants'.


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CBSE, Examination centre, Mass cheating, Internet ban

India is a land of ingenious ways of cheating. Can internet shutdown be the solution?

From scribbling answers on walls to wearing specially-designed vest with SIM cards — we have seen it all.


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Gender issues, Transphobia, Transgender Bill 2016, Transgender rights

How India has condemned its transgenders to social exclusion

Government legislations are necessary, but things on the ground won't change unless we as a society overcome our deep-seated transphobia.


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Bengal, Lok sabha speaker, CPI(M), Somnath chatterjee

Last 'lal salaam' to Somnath Babu, who remained a Communist all his life

I met the veteran MP for the first time in 2004, but he had been part of dinner table conversations all my life.