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Contextualising Manu as a ‘hireling’: A Critical Analysis of Chapter VII in the Manusmriti

Somnath Pati “It has an affirmation of life, a triumphing, agreeable sensation in life, and that to draw up a lawbook such as Manu means to permit oneself to get the upper hand, to become perfect, to be ambitious of the highest art of living.” – Friedrich Nietzsche (attributed) Finding Manu’s verses “inspiring” and acting …

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Words Of The Ordained Women

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Dr Amritpal Kaur ‘What becometh a woman best, and first of all? SILENCE. What second? SILENCE. What third? SILENCE. What fourth? SILENCE. Yea, if a man should aske me till Domes daie I would still crie Silence, Silence… ‘ –   Thomas Wilson, The Arte of Rhetorique, 1560. Women have long been expected to govern their …

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Hypocrisy of Hindu Society

A Rajeshbabu Born in a Hindu family, I grew up listening to the phrase ‘Matha Pitha Guru Deivam’ which emphasizes that mother comes first in the universe and everyone else comes next, even God. I often see various posts on social media that praise the teachings of Hindu society saying, we love and respect our …

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We the People: Expanding the Idea of Democracy – Part 3

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Pranav Jeevan P People normally blame democracy by saying it is not a good model of governance citing the issues that plague our country like poverty, corruption, unemployment and under-development. They believe that we are facing these issues because we are a functioning democracy and somehow it is the democratic process which is causing this …

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‘Chak De! India’ and Women’s Hockey

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  Khakhlari Recently the Indian women’s field hockey team made headlines as they qualified for the Olympic semi-finals for the first time in Tokyo. Quite predictably and not without fair reason, Chak De! India started trending. In the fervor of the win, jubilant fans drew parallels between the team and the movie. Shah Rukh Khan …

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Sunflower giving Mother

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“If there was no night, women would not even have a chance to rest” – Smt. Kusum Nigam Dhamma Darshan Nigam Our mother once said that “अगर रात नहीं होती तो महिलाओं को आराम करने का मौक़ा भी नहीं मिलता” (If there was no night, women would not even have a chance to rest). One …