Priyadarshi Dutta

Priyadarshi Dutta

Politics of moon-sighting

Politics of moon-sighting

Thursday, 30 May 2019 | Priyadarshi Dutta

While the Jews adopted an algorithm-based lunar calendar at least a millennium ago, the Muslim world still finds the idea deeply polarising. Pak’s venture is interesting On May 25, Pakistan launched its first official moon sighting website pakmoonsighting.pk. This came days after Pakistan released its first calculation-based Hijri calendar for the...

Expect the worst in Valley

Expect the worst in Valley

Thursday, 21 February 2019 | Priyadarshi Dutta

Asymmetric warfare, like the one India faces in Kashmir, abounds in bloody surprises. The enemy is theologically motivated and democratic discourse is at the bottom of the barrel Cowardly, dastardly and desperate — these are some of the adjectives the Government uses when faced with surprise terrorist attacks on the armed...

An alternate universe

An alternate universe

Thursday, 07 February 2019 | Priyadarshi Dutta

While the free world might have heaved a sigh of relief at the final acquittal of Aasia Bibi, she was just one example of continued victimisation by Pakistan’s blasphemy laws Bibi Aasia Noreen, the Pakistani Christian woman who was on death row for blasphemy, is finally out of the woods....

Vote for world peace

Vote for world peace

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 | Priyadarshi Dutta

Had it not been for the success of the first general and Assembly elections in 1952, the great experiment of democracy would have failed in India and the world would not have been what it is Sukumar Sen, an Indian civil servant — the first Chief Election Commissioner of India no...

The stellar logic of Kumbh

The stellar logic of Kumbh

Friday, 11 January 2019 | Priyadarshi Dutta

Calendars can fall victims to the phenomenon of culture and nationalism supplanting astronomical principles that lie at their foundation A perusal of the official website of Kumbh Mela, 2019 — hosted by the Prayagraj Mela Pradhikaran, Uttar Pradesh — reveals why this is not a kumbh at all. It mentioned...

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