Priyadarshi Dutta

Priyadarshi Dutta

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...

Rethinking minority status for lingayats

Monday, 30 April 2018 | Priyadarshi Dutta

‘lingayatism’ is about shunning pretention and leading a sincere and spiritual life while staying engaged with the world. Hindu society has never been averse to reforms — from Buddha to Ambedkar, though they might have been critics of Hinduism, all have been welcomed What makes lingayats think that they have everything...

The tragedy of Vikram Samvat

Friday, 30 March 2018 | Priyadarshi Dutta

Demand to declare Samvat as India’s national calendar is actuated by ideology and isn’t pragmatic. Cultural hype cannot be a substitute for computational aspects Recently, the commencement of the Vikram Samvat, 2075 led to a torrent of good wishes in the social media space. Its northern variant began on March 18,...

Recalling the Greek who espoused India

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 | Priyadarshi Dutta

Demetrios Galanos, the 19th century Greek Indologist, embraced and enriched both Indian and Greek culture through his knowledge quest and deep insights. No wonder both India and Greece are recalling him more than Alexander today Two hundred years ago, there lived a Greek ‘Pundit’ by the name Demetrios Galanos (1760-1833) in...

It's Dayanand versus Darwin

Monday, 29 January 2018 | Priyadarshi Dutta

Satyapal Singh and his ilk's aversion to evolution seem intricately linked to the views of Swami Dayanand Saraswati, founder of the Arya Samaj and contemporary of Charles Darwin The Union Human Resource Development Minister (HRD) has done well to contain the damage in the Darwin debate by affirming that the government...

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Recalling “Humanist” MN Roy’s Deep bond with Doon

21 January 2019 | JASKIRAN CHOPRA | Dehradun

Divorcee’s body found in home

21 January 2019 | PNS | Dehradun

Migration from the mountains & how to check it

21 January 2019 | Ashish Joshi | Dehradun

Opp condemns BJP MLA’s remark against Mayawati

21 January 2019 | PNS | Lucknow

BJP MLA apologises for remarks on Mayawati

21 January 2019 | PNS | Lucknow

Sunday Edition

Globe Trotting

20 January 2019 | Agencies | Sunday Pioneer

Sharif not completely well, says special medical board

20 January 2019 | PTI | Sunday Pioneer

Bangladesh PM Hasina says Govt will work for all

20 January 2019 | PTI | Sunday Pioneer