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Posts Tagged ‘Culture’

Being grateful – the monotonous refrain that needs to stop

Reuters photo   By Rupen Savoulian A few months back, I wrote of a constant refrain in my life – being told to go back to where I come from. I elaborated the reasons why this particular slogan keeps recurring, why it is totally unnecessary, counterproductive and irritating, and why it should stop. This phrase […]

Taiwan keen on bettering ties with India

Reuters photo   By Jose Kalathil The island country of Taiwan having a population of 23 million is keen on strengthening relations with the second largest economy in Asia, in the fields of trade, tourism, education, culture and business.

A Man Marries a Little Girl in Nigeria as Part of Culture

AP photo   By Joseph Besong In Africa culture plays a very big role in marriage, especially in the traditional setting. Some marriages still accept old traditions that look ancient and old fashioned.

Left Or Right?

Manan Vatsyayan/AFP   By Ananya S Guha I never know the right from the left. But in political discourses you have to know this distinction, because the two across endless roads of debate will never meet.

How the Muslim Ban is going to affect my gastronomical life

Emmanuel Dunand/AFP   By Ahmed Tharwat Donald Trump our new Czar, the political ISIS of American politics, the one who beheaded more than a dozen career politicians on national TV during GOP debates. In his crusade against Muslims and Islam, the leader of the civilized world, replacing the leader of the free world, called for […]

How apt is the description of the 1920’s in American history as The Jazz Age?

Archibald J. Motley, Jr.   By Durodola Tosin

Dancing in Cairo’s streets

Mohamed Taher/Ahmed Fathy   By Ahmed Tharwat The young ballerina Nour Yasser went on a dancing spree across Cairo’s old streets. “She captivates city dwellers and passers-by, drawn to a scene unusual in Egypt’s conservative urban life,” reported the Cairo Scene. “Our project aim was to explore the beauty and diversity of Cairo,” photographers Mohamed […]

Why Curse When You Can Comfort?

Chris Lee   By Akinpelu Yusuf Why do we curse? Is it a curse for some people to curse? Or is a curse a course in some people’s faculty? Must we always curse? Should we even ever curse at all? If the word curse is becoming too repetitious, apology. Don’t curse me yet!

The Church Map of Kolkata

By Samrat Dey   Numerous European Churches dot the map of Kolkata, thanks to its history of British, French, Portuguese and Dutch cultures.  

How Breakfast Explains the World!!

Amr Nabil/AP   By Ahmed Tharwat   “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” Charles Spurgeon

A typical African Christmas celebration

By Joseph Besong Christmas, though a Christian feast, is celebrated with a lot of fanfare in Africa. Everyone in the continent, young, old, rich, Christian, pagan, etc, partake in the feast. If you want to know the hospitality of Africans, visit any country of your choice during the Christmas period.

The Impact of Politics and Culture on Pakistan’s Education System

Fayyaz Ahmed   By Muhammad Shoaib Khan Education is the indispensable need of every individual in the society. It is necessary for everyone to seek education. It does not mean holding a degree or cramming books, in fact it’s the knowledge and awareness about everything related to an individual, i.e. the society, culture, norms, values, […]

A peep into Taiwan’s tribal culture

By Jose Kalathil When an invitation to visit Taiwan for a second time came from none other than the country’s Representative to India, Mr Chung-Kwang Tien, I could not say no.

The religious recluse of the Oro cult and Yoruba bardic tradition

By Shola Balogun This study examines the indigenous institution of the Oro cult, its organizations and the various dramatic components embedded in the nocturnal processions of its religious recluse.

Theatre Aesthetics in Pre-Colonial Africa

Dan Kitwood   By Shola Balogun To assert that the indigenous cults and rituals, as well as traditional religious festivals, are not mere ‘dramatic circumstances’, erudite scholars of African literature have carried out a lot of research extensively on the subject.

Traditional Religious Festival as Theatre

RCT photo   By Shola Balogun ‘Oro’ is a secret society whose cultic ceremony is connected with ancestral worship. Its festival performances begin with the offering of sacrifices in the shrine known as ‘Igbo Ooto’ (Oro grove).

Not That I Love Caesar Less…

By Ananya S Guha   God save the country   It seems the concept of freedom fighters is reshaped and redesigned. Anyone shouting against another is a freedom fighter. Anyone raising the slogan of Bharat Mata is a freedom fighter, pitchforking this idea into a new analogy of love and martyrdom. Anyone dissenting is questioned […]

Islamic Liberation Theology, Why Not?

Susan Baaghil/Reuters   By Sami Jamil Jadallah If anyone thinks that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was not a social and theological liberation revolutionary, they had better think twice.

The Tragic Conventions In African Plays

Patrick Willocq   By Shola Balogun The traditional Africa is undoubtedly communal. The passivity and conformity of the African under a compelling authority can be explained in accordance with his affirmation of self-will and perception of collective spirit. His penchant for honour is far more intricate and demonstrably cultural.

Tears of Shame

By Zeeshan A. Shah   If you wish to thrive for 100 years, then educate your Children  – Dalai Lama     In a recent UN report on Sustainable Development Goals –SDGs, Pakistan has been identified as having one of the worst indicators in Education Development. It has saddened many of us to know that […]

Taiwan: Best Country For Tourism

By Chung Kwang Tien No wonder. Krishan Kumar Modi, a savvy businessman and one of the richest Indian entrepreneurs in the Forbes list, picked the right place to celebrate his grand birthday as Taiwan has just been ranked first out of 67 countries in the overall ranking of the best place for expats in 2016 by […]

Unveiling the Olympic coverage in Rio

Lucy Nicholson/Reuters   By Ahmed Tharwat The contrasting images of the fully clothed Egyptian women’s beach volleyball team playing the scantily clad German team was at the forefront of the media’s coverage as well as the internet during the Rio 2016 Olympics.

News Or No News

By Ananya S Guha Soon all the talk on floods will shift to newer pastures. There are enough of them in India. In between of course the GST held centre stage and the debate appears to be resolved at least for the time being, not of course without conditions, and prior conditions, and of course […]

Culture and its clash of identity

Reuters photo   By Ogunniyi Abayomi It is the position and identity of individuals in society, the way of life of people, their thoughts and behaviors embeded charateristics that built the existence of a society.

If only we can agree on why Suya is sold at night

By Prince Charles Dickson Ndi Igbo talk say “Nwunye anyi, nwunye anyi”: ka ndeli bia ka anyi mara onye o bu nwunye ya. [“Our wife, our wife”: come midnight and we will know whose wife she really is.]

The influence of western culture on Indian society

By Semon Swaraj India is a secular country where people have the freedom to practice any religion and even convert to another religion of their choice.

The ethnic setting in the Nigeria area before 1800

By Durodola Tosin In the description of the ethnic setting in the Nigeria area before 1800, it is important to state that the concept “Nigeria” is omitted because there was no Nigeria until 1914. What existed was communities scattered all over the area now called Nigeria. These communities operated their own laws and rules that […]

The UCL Festival of Culture 2016

By Michael Organ Five free days of culture UCL’s, (University College London), Festival of Culture returns this year with a programme set to showcase the rich diversity of world-class research led by staff and students in the Faculties of Arts & Humanities and Social & Historical Sciences.

Dialogue with a Stranger from Mali

Reuters/Joe Penney   By Aurora M. Granata How you could learn something new about international politics The French philosopher Zygmunt Bauman used the expression Liquid Modernity to define a world where the individual has not the possibility to rely on certainties.

The Saga of Patriotism

By Ananya S Guha Patriotism is a word difficult to define or condense into a meaning or typology of it. When I or someone says that she or he is patriotic it brings to mind a love for the country, a love for everything that goes with the country. But does it bring along a […]