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Looking beyond Bharat Ratna

Looking beyond Bharat Ratna

Looking beyond Bharat Ratna We Indians are emotional beings when it comes to hero worship. Recently, we seem to have lost our sense of humor over a cartoon on Ambedkar. Are we also missing a few things while celebrating Anand's victory and the Bharat Ratna issue? Let us rewind to when Anand started playing chess. He had very little technical support, such as computers and software, while his European and Russian counterparts enjoyed advanced technical aides. India never had the kind of chess culture that Russia had, despite inventing the game. Consequently, Vishy never had strong support staff and had…
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India’s Million dollar babies

India’s Million dollar babies

India's Million dollar babies The tenth edition of the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup in India turned out to be a low-key affair, largely unnoticed by the public. Thanks to the host broadcaster ESPN-STAR, a few new faces of women cricketers came to light, but the matches lacked enthusiastic crowds and advertisements. Unlike men's cricket, there were no heated post-match panel discussions on news channels, and media coverage was minimal. This raises questions about the popularity of women's cricket in India, where cricket is often considered a national obsession. Surprisingly, despite women's cricket being in existence since the mid-1970s, it…
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AN UNSTOPPABLE INDIAN

AN UNSTOPPABLE INDIAN

AN UNSTOPPABLE INDIAN The word "Anand" means joy, and certainly one Anand has consistently brought joy to the Indians. Viswanathan Anand has done it again by winning the World Chess Championship crown for the fifth time overall and fourth in a row by defeating Israeli Boris Gelfand. The victory also means that the "King of Chess" will keep the crown till 2014, when the next World Championship will be held. Anand has won the World Chess Championship five times (2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012), and has been the undisputed World Champion since 2007. He held the World Chess Championship from…
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Lakshminath Bezbarua

Lakshminath Bezbarua

Lakshminath Bezbarua Lakshminath BezbaruaHomen Borgohain, a renowned author and journalist, delved into the significance of Laxminath Bezbaruah, shedding light on his literary works and his role as an inspiration to a whole generation of writers. However, Borgohain noted that some critics unjustly compare Bezbaruah with Rabindranath Tagore, which he finds unfair and inevitable, considering their contemporaneous relationship and their guardianship roles in their respective fields. Bezbaruah faced the challenging task of steering the nascent ship of Assamese literature and establishing its identity during his time. This burden influenced many of his writings, which were often aimed at a broader audience,…
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A TRIBUTE ΤΟ SAURAV CHALIHA

A TRIBUTE ΤΟ SAURAV CHALIHA

A TRIBUTE ΤΟ SAURAV CHALIHA The passing of the esteemed writer Saurav Chaliha has left a profound void in the world of Assamese literature. Fondly remembered as a unique and different writer, Chaliha's writing style brought a breath of fresh air to the literary landscape. One of his early stories from the 1960s, "Ashanta Electron," remarkably resonates with the frustrations felt by today's educated youth in an increasingly materialistic society. Chaliha's repertoire of works was diverse and distinct, with each story standing apart from the others. Whether it was "Ratir Rail," "Jyamiti," "Ehat Daba," or "Duporia," his stories held their…
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