Green, healthy Diwali

India is a land of festivals. These festivals are woven into all religions and into the cultural mosaic of India. Diwali, the festival of lights, is celebrated pompously all over India and abroad. It denotes the victory of good over evil, and is associated with...

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Tales behind Kuanra Punei

The full-moon night of the month Aswina is called Kumara Purnima, or more commonly, Kuanra Punei. Young girls pray for a husband as handsome and virile as Kumara (Kartikeya) and sing songs to the moon with a special chanda bhoga. Elderly women begin the kartika...

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Reputation in tatters

Those people whom he influenced deeply in this way, Akbar has let down twice. He was always seen as opportunistic about his politics About 25 years ago, I came from Surat to Bombay (as it was then called) looking for work. The family business of...

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Poverty panacea ignored

PSM Rao “One billion people worldwide have come out of poverty since 2000,” asserts ‘The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Goalkeepers: The Stories Behind the Data, 2018’ report. China and India played a key role in the achievement, the report avers. More important, the report...

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Morality is vital

Santosh Kumar Mohapatra In an amazing explosion of progressive verdicts recently, the Supreme Court invalidated triple talaq, decriminalised gay sex, recognised the third gender, struck down the patriarchal construct of adultery and allowed women entry to a place of worship where it was banned. The...

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Champion of sustainable growth

sn misra Gandhi was nominated four times for the Nobel Peace Prize (1937, 1938, 1939 and 1947). Though regarded as the greatest apostle of peace in the 20th century, he missed it every time. Professor Jacob Muller wrote a strong dissent against Gandhi: “He is...

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Space in politics for criminality

Sanjeeb Panigrahi A Constitution bench of the apex court in the Public Interest Foundation vs Union of India and others case observed: “Society has a right to be governed by better people.” The court, while admitting the PIL, refrained from barring politicians from contesting election...

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Gandhi’s laboratory

Priya Ranjan Sahu The hustle and bustle of Wardha fades as you drive towards Sevagram about 10 km from the city. The sleepy town houses Sevagram Ashram, founded by Mahatma Gandhi in 1936. The town has come up around the ashram, which is calmer than...

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Forced downsizing

The Centre will downsize the number of regional rural banks (RRBs) in the country from 56 to 36. The development assumes significance in light of an earlier government move to amalgamate three public sector banks – Bank of Baroda, Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank. The...

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