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In this section you can find insightful articles about art, culture and history from around the world.

A Brief Sketch of Punjab Kesari

“The correct thing for us to do is to strive for a democratic Raj in which the Hindus, the Muslims and the other communities may participate as Indians and not as followers of any particular religion.”                                                                                                                         – Lala Lajpat Rai Punjab Kesari, as he was referred to, Lala Lajpat Rai is synonymous with India’s struggle …

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The weaponization of political retribution by Intellectuals

Retribution requires vindictiveness. Where there is vindictiveness, there is a sense of being wronged, and that wrongdoing being avenged. How does this principle apply to the justice systems we have created for dispute resolution? More importantly, does it create a repair in the wounded collective consciousness that is seeking a resolution to one or more …

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Navigating the colonial ecosystems.

Navigating Deconstruction and protest culture.  As we stand today, at the brink of Indic awakening, we are surrounded by innumerable institutions that operate with colonial influences. We are surrounded by the influences of British and Middle-eastern coloniality. When I say institutions, I don’t just mean physical institutions like our schools, colleges, courtrooms, parliament, etc., I …

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