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Book Review: Nitin Sridhar’s ‘Menstruation Across Cultures: A Historical Perspective’

By Soma Mondal
By invoking and dedicating the book to women, it tries to invoke feminist favour for the subject he has undertaken. The book is anything but feminist as the author who is a Sanatana Dharma (Hindu eternal law) follower tries to provide a rationale for understanding and imbibing religious laws as the context for understanding menstruation.


Shantiniketan: The Abode of Peace

By Amartya Banerjee
Today, the University has changed much and it pains me often to see it being in the news for all the wrong reasons. Yet, at its heart, it’s still the place where the spirit of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore is visible to the clearest extent.

Short Story: Zalim Singh Bisht

By Anirudh Kala
Ten minutes later, with a steady hand, Zalim Singh Bisht pulled the trigger of his service rifle, which was pressed firmly between the ground and his temple. The report was drowned in the din of the firecrackers.

A citizenry in denial

By Rev Immanuel Nehemiah
The political party leaders and business avengers are each other’s best friends, converging with the same sort in different countries and call such a farce needed business trips to improve the economy of the country. The BJP has done what Congress has left undone to the weak and the vulnerable in this country.

Kashmir: The valley of rape

By Rimli Bhattacharya
When we type “Rape cases in Kashmir” on Google, we are welcomed by a barrage of more than thirty such gruesome results within a span of one year. And the most startling factor is that the majority of these rapes have been executed by the Indian security forces.

The Public Voice: Selection in place of Election?

By Ananya S Guha
Yes, we select not elect. We have selections not elections. We have no political parties but goodwill bodies who will think of the common good not divisively but wisely. Can we do that and subvert tradition, the kind of tradition that has brought money power and crass division in its wake?

Poetry in the Times of Amaltas

By Tikuli
Laburnum makes Delhi a midsummer day’s dream. This short blossoming is one of the many ways the city makes you fall in love with it again and again. It makes you forget the soaring temperature, the melting asphalt, and the noxious fumes as you stand witnessing the alchemy of these beautiful flowers. The cityscape is nothing less than Monet’s painting.

Obsession with marks: A crisis in India’s schooling system

By Shahid Jamal
In one of his most celebrated books, Deschooling Society, Ivan Illich writes, “schooling in developing nations is used to create new elites with a consumerist mentality.” This seems very true to me when I closely look at the pedagogy of modern schooling system. The present schooling system clearly divides our society on the socio-economic ground.

Disobedient Pictures: A Doodler’s Journey and the Allegory of Art

By Ananya Dutta Gupta
I had always been driven by the desire to express myself. Until I came to doodling, I had always sought the catharsis of involved, complex prose. The catharsis had come from the writing out of such prose, and not just the web of thoughts peering to come out of the womb of the mind. My pictures are my vicarious revenge and redemption for self-repression.

Kerala: Neglecting one’s past is a betrayal of identity

By Mujeeb Jaihoon
K. N. Kurup, one among the last stock of Kerala’s living eminent historians, expressed a similar view as he shared his pain over the neglect of Thuhfathul Mujahideen, the seminal historical work of Sheikh Zainuddin Makhdum, South India’s Sufi saint and philosopher of the 16th century, also known as the Thucydides of Kerala.