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E. Prema

E. Prema

Koovagam Festival: Unique transgender identity festival

Koovagam Festival: Unique transgender identity festival

July 30, 2021

According to Hindu epic Mahabharata, the Pandavas, during a bloody battle with their cousins to reclaim their kingdom, were forced to sacrifice one of their most valiant soldiers Aravan to be able to win that day. But as the young Aravan was yet unmarried, he asked Lord Krishna, ...

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Dowry deaths in Kerala: Evil persists despite high literacy & sex ratios

Dowry deaths in Kerala: Evil persists despite high literacy & sex ratios

July 21, 2021

The recent back-to-back deaths of three young brides in alleged dowry-related cases in Kerala has brought the attention back to this all pervasive social evil, despite the practice having been banned over 50 years ago. The cases have also brought to fore the possibility that the ...

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Thanjavur: Treasure trove of Tamil heritage

Thanjavur: Treasure trove of Tamil heritage

July 9, 2021

Thanjavur was built by the great Chola emperor Rajaraja I, who reigned over vast tracts of not just India but also South East Asia, Sri Lanka, and Maldives. The splendour of his era can be seen even today in Thanjavur where the ensemble of Chola heritage remains intact and bears ...

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Women as temple priests: Mixed response by community

Women as temple priests: Mixed response by community

June 27, 2021

On June 12, Tamil Nadu minister for Hindus Religious and Charitable Endowments PK Sekar Babu said that women can become priests after getting proper training of Agama Shastra to worship and rituals at temples. Within hours of his statement, the statement ballooned into a major co...

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Anxiety, tension amongst students over delay in Class XII exams

Anxiety, tension amongst students over delay in Class XII exams

May 23, 2021

Will Class XII exams take place or are they cancelled? If they happen, will it online or offline? When will the government decide? What about entrance for next academic year? These and many other similar questions have been clouding the minds of thousands of students across the c...

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Glaring vaccine inequity in Delhi slums

Glaring vaccine inequity in Delhi slums

May 15, 2021

Raja, 30, migrated recently to Delhi from his native place in Tamil Nadu in search of work. He was glad as he quickly managed to get a job as a construction worker. However, with the lockdown that the Delhi government announced almost a month ago, Raja lost his job as rapidly as ...

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