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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The Forgotten Airmen Of Amarda Road Plane Crash

This story begins from a visit to the Madras War Cemetery while I was doing an article of the War Cemeteries in India. At the Cemetery I had come across a set of fourteen graves which were of airmen...

Devadasis Of Lord Jagannath: A Lost Tradition Of Divine Romance

Among the 36 different services (seva) offered to the Lord, the rituals performed by Devadasis, also known as Maharis, was the only category where women were allowed to serve Lord Jagannath. Many historians assert that this is the only...

Hockey Must Reclaim Its Past Glory With Or Without National Sports Tag

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to notify hockey as the national sport of India has stirred a national debate. Although the move found widespread support, it propelled other sports bodies...

Will Autonomy Issue Prevent India From Walking Under The Tricolour In Tokyo Olympics?

The tussle between the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the Union Sports Ministry over the issue of autonomy of sports bodies was expected to happen. It has started yet again with IOA president Narinder Batra taking up the issue of...

N R Swami: Journalist Who Took On The Odisha Govt Of The Day

Some 37 years have passed since my father, N R Swami, a well-known journalist, died. A huge and tall figure, always energetic and agile he carved a niche for himself as he reported what all that had happened in...

High Time SAI Made More Professional!

The issue of “below par” quality food being served in one of the prominent Sports Authority of India (SAI) centres, Bengaluru, came to the fore after it was highlighted by Indian men’s chief coach Harendra Singh. The issue is not...

A Son’s Requiem

The Hebrew saying, “Say not in grief he is no more - but live in thankfulness that he was” could not have been more appropriate for all who knew Sri Pramod Panigrahi. On Utkal Dibasa this year, I was reading...

I Meet My Bau Every Moment

I called my mother 'Bau'. Probably I am talking of the only person in this existence who had been my friend and my guide, in the true sense. Not clichéd on this one to write paeans about one’s mother...

When The Keys To The Jagannath Temple Were Handed Over To The British

The opening of the Ratna Bhandar is happening amidst a charged atmosphere of distrust and mistrust. The various factions are at loggerheads. Whether the Ratna Bhandar is an el dorado with fabulous riches  is something that will not be...

Utkala Dibasa Special: Smile Please Odisha!

There was always humour, comedy and a certain cheekiness in public life in Odisha. I have heard that in one of the meetings of Utkal Sammilani in the early days, Lingaraj Panigrahi addressed the gathering as ତମେ and when...
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