Robert Caldwell and the dawn of a mythical victimhood

“divide et impera” typical tactics used in politics to break up a large population to many so that it will be easier for the ruling elites to manipulate and dodge possible rebellions against the power structures in the long run. It was a very potent tool for colonial imperialism and evangelism in many continents to…

Curious cases of Socio-Economic Heritability and Equity

Last week an Indian newspaper published a brief report investigating the people who topped the central board exams between the years 1996 and 2005 and what they are doing in life now. The journalist Ritika Chopra commented on the stats that there lies a connection between academic achievement and privilege as none of the 86…

Not just a Tale of Cosmic Romance

Every known society comes up with entertaining stories that introduce society’s norms and mechanisms of the communities to the succeeding generation, not necessarily as prescriptions but at least as descriptions of that period. Along with traditional themes, careful use of characters and hyperboles is made to engender a particular effect in terms of moral narratives…

Goddess Durga across the Indosphere

Navaratri, a nine-night Hindu festival, where nine forms of Goddess Durga or incarnations of Divine Feminity are venerated along with her auspicious anthropomorphic form of slaying Mahishasura, a demon with buffalo appearance, and/or riding a lion or a tiger on the tenth day. Our ancestors who certainly were spiritual martials commemorated the advances of feminine possibilities…

So-called Opposition, Hypocrisy and Unemployment

PM Narendra Modi turned 70 last week! Surely a day to celebrate a moderate social democrat and populist strongman running the most centralized government India has seen in decades. Netizens saw him as a sensible economic reformer and bestowed an overwhelming mandate across the nation in the 2014 general election. It shifted the Overton window…

A tradition beyond the religious identifications

Under prolonged the Muslim reign and pre-existing Hindu culture in Odisha, eighteenth-century experimented with composite cultural relations amidst communities. A relatively strange ritual ‘Satya Pir’ puja is observed, which is in fact the alternate name for ‘Satya Narayana’ Puja. The origin of the ritual in Odisha, however, traces back to the tale of Gajapati Ramachandra…

Cuttack City: In the light of Monastic Tradition

Holding a wide stretch of history, Cuttack proves itself as a high-intensity epicenter of culture throughout the timeline. The city is upright heterogeneous in nature when it comes to the religious aspect. Numerous temples, Mathas, Masjids, catholic structures across the city provide evidence the city was in fact a city of sects. Such religious communities…

Harirajpur’s Panchudola Melana

Almost every rituals of Odisha potrays deities in human alike forms along with their humanly behaviour and yearnings. Devout eyes of Odia beholds Jagannatha as the Supreme entity of the Universe and all of a sudden treat him like his closest pal, abuses him devotedly lamenting on his situation. The very next moment adores him…

The Abode of Amareshwara

Amareshwara temple situared at Buxi Bazar, Cuttack Cuttack, being an ancient city, stands in pride as a treasure trove of historic as well as religious monuments. Amareshwara temple is as such. Although it’s a lesser known temple outside the city, it bears numerous mythical importances. ‘Amareshwara’ by the term defines the deity who blesses with immortality. It’s believed…

Divine Nuptials

Skanda Purana, the largest out of eight Mahapuranas, describes Lord Vishnu comes down to earth in a human form as Shri Jagannatha during Kali-Yuga. Displaying divine traits or ‘Leelas’, the Lord depicts that there is no distinction between the social and the spiritual life and the social life is nothing other than a manifestation of…