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Monthly Archives: May, 2020

Coronavirus pandemic in Uttar Pradesh – Karma, Uttar Pradesh

Every day was a fun day during the COVID-19 pandemic. Oh! Not really Coronavirus was initially confirmed in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh with the first positive...

Corona Crisis: an Alternative and Affordable Kerala Model of Survival

The Corona crisis exposed the meaninglessness of assessing the development of a nation in terms of national income and growth rates alone. In the...

Article 370 Post Abrogation Clampdown: Despair and Gloom – Basit Farooq, Kashmir

“Don't you know anything about my Abu, he asked and fainted down” It was fine morning of October with Autumn widening its arms to put...

Catch the Virus with Valor and Chase the Panic – T. Kanimozhi, Coimbatore

The government asked public and private establishment employers not to cut salaries or lay off employees during the corona virus pandemic. Since this will...

Second Choice – Gowri B, Kerala

The world of real had given me a chance to choose "the perfect" The sky where I can see another mine, The...

The fate – Shukr Usgaokar, Goa

You use and abuse me as much as you can But I am not your private property You defile my rivers with 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...