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Poster of Imtiaz Ali's controversial film 'Amar Singh Chamkila'
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‘Amar Singh Chamkila’: A Story of Defiance Not Disrespect

Why is it that Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Amar Singh Chamkila’ on Netflix is such a rage, not just in India but also abroad? Believe it or not, this very popular singer from rural Punjab, whose voice was shunned to the dungeons of death to ensure silence, seems to have caught on the fancy of contemporary pop culture.

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The sacred day of Easter Sunday celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, signifying hope, new life, and spiritual renewal
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From Revelry To Repentance – The Transition From Carnival To Lent

The transition from revelry to repentance marks a profound shift in the Christian calendar, encapsulated in the dynamic interplay between Carnival and Lent. Carnival, a lively festival celebrated across many predominantly Roman Catholic regions, ushers in a period of exuberance and indulgence preceding the solemnity of Lent.

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Propaganda poster from the Soviet Union 1920s
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Once There Was A Country Called Soviet Union

I imagine how I would start if I were in Yuriko’s place. What should be the first sentence of a book for my daughter? It could be like this: “Once there was a country called Soviet Union. Its official name was the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. It was an experimental state. The USSR existed until 1991, when it collapsed. Yes, for you it was totally the past and already finished story, since you were born in 1992.

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Belles Lettres

Beyond Fossil Fuels: A Just and Equitable Path to a Sustainable Future

For the past three decades, the discourse on climate change and global warming has taken center stage on the world’s discursive platform. Ever since the 2015 Paris Agreement, limiting global temperature rise to within 1.5 degrees Celsius above the preindustrial average global temperature has been a central tenet of this discourse. The global average temperature is rapidly approaching this critical threshold.

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Belles Lettres

Memories: My Days in Jagiroad

I was familiar with every bit of it. The green mountains, the rainforest, the blue horizon and beautiful Assamese people. It was in the month of February in 1982 when I got an engineering job in Hindustan Paper Corporation’s Jagiroad plant site.

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