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Yearly Archives: 2012

E-reading on the rise as survey sees decline for traditional books in America

A Pew Internet Research Center survey released Thursday found that the percentage of Americans aged 16 and older who read an e-book grew from...

Taj Literature Festival’s website launched

The website of the first-ever Taj Literature Festival being held here Feb 1-3, 2013, was launched by Agra Archbishop Albert D'Souza. D'Souza said the festival...

James Franco to publish poetry collection

Franco, who has had leading roles in  movies such as Milk, 127 Hours, Pineapple Express, and Spider-Man, is an MFA graduate from both Columbia University and Warren Wilson...

Thrissur tops in Keralotsavam

Thrissur district on Sunday won the overall championship in the Keralotsavam, the State-level arts, sports and agricultural festival, scoring 302 points. Kozhikode district secured the...

CPM panel to expel 3 V S Achuthanandan aides

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In a major blow to opposition leader V S Achuthanandan, the CPM state committee on Sunday decided to expel three of his close aides from...

UN chief expresses deep sorrow over Nirbhaya’s death

In an indication of the international impact of the Delhi gang-rape and the subsequent protests the United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon joined political leaders to express...

Delhi Rape victim cremated away from the public eye

Dec 31, Delhi: The cremation of the young physiotherapy gang-rape victim was a low-key affair, with the government taking control and ensuring little public...

World’s first ‘gay Bible’ published

A book that is said to be the world's first "gay bible" has been published to coincide with the debate on same-sex marriage. Titled the...
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Resurrection

i have arrived at my altar. hark! i rise, i flourish, i pirouette on my one toe and float like a...

Stalking Prisons

The streets are empty with no one in sight, I check the big clock of the tower behind the basilic of Saint Francis of Assisi. It’s 2 o’clock on a mid-summer Tuesday afternoon. Everything’s shut. Everyone’s resting. My heart’s hitting the walls of its all so tight ribcage, as I need to cross the brightly lit square and go to the other side.

Revisiting Ambedkar’s Vision of ‘United States of India’: Can It Stand as Modern India’s Viable Alternative?

In April 2020, Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor waded into the debate, arguing that a Presidential system would prevent the “one-man show” that the Indian system has evolved into. The proponents of this line of thought also cite the United States' (relative) political stability as one of the key reasons to support their argument. The proposal challenges the Indian Constitution’s “Basic structure doctrine” decided by the Supreme Court in the Kesavananda Bharathi case. However, this requires further examination: a Presidential form of government might fix some of India’s political gridlock, but it may also open Pandora’s Box, releasing a whole wake of issues in its place. This includes a politically biased Supreme Court and horse-trading of MPs on a scale unheard in Indian politics.

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Reviewing ‘Obsession and Wild Pigeon’ by Ismat Chughtai

My interest in Ismat Chughtai developed when I first...