Bangladeshi farmer has a collection of 200 rare, almost extinct varieties of paddy

Bangladeshi farmer has a collection of 200 rare, almost extinct varieties of paddy

Yusuf Molla, a farmer in Rajshahi’s Tanore, has at least 200 rare and almost extinct varieties of paddy in his collection that he has developed over the years out of love for the crop. During a visit last month, this correspondent found 77 sections in Yusuf’s land. Each section had a signboard carrying the name of the variety cultivated there. Each variety has a distinct texture, colour, smell, and taste.

Pakistani classical dancer fights for art and social justice through her performing art

Pakistani classical dancer fights for art and social justice through her performing art

In her video, Pakistani Bharatanatyam and Odissi dancer Sheema Kermani explains how dance for a woman is a freeing experience. “For me, there is a direct relationship between dance and liberation. When a woman stands on stage to dance what she’s saying is: ‘Here I am, I’m not ashamed of my body, I am confident and I do not fear you.’

The Brahmin footprint in Sri Lankan history

The Brahmin footprint in Sri Lankan history

Princeton Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology, Dr.Gananath Obesekere, says that here is strong historical evidence that Brahmin purohitas were present in most, if not all, the Sinhalese Buddhist kingdoms of Sri Lanka. Palm leaf manuscripts collected over the last ten years and written from the 16 th.century onwards by village intellectuals, not only refer to the mass immigration of South Indian people but also deal with Brahmin movements into Sri Lanka, and list some of the villages they were settled in.”

Pakistan to co-opt Lanka in developing its Gandharan and Buddhist Studies Center

Pakistan to co-opt Lanka in developing its Gandharan and Buddhist Studies Center

For the past decade or so, Pakistan has been bending over backwards to portray itself, not just as an Islamic country, but as a land with a Buddhist past – a past which it is keen on preserving and propagating. The Center for Gandharan and Buddhist Studies is part of the effort to preserve and foster an important part of the country’s heritage which could help build bridges with Buddhist countries like Sri Lanka. Islamabad feels the need for Colombo’s cooperation in helping the Center realize its full potential.

A devout Muslim taught Hindu scriptures to fellow inmates while in jail

A devout Muslim taught Hindu scriptures to fellow inmates while in jail

Celebrated Indian TV anchor Suhaib Ilyasi is a devout Muslim, who was in prison for 18 years for allegedly murdering his wife.  In jail, he made sure that he didn’t miss out on his daily namaz, but he also faithfully read Hindu scriptures Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads for solace and strength and taught the Hindu scriptures to fellow inmates to share the spiritual benefits he had derived from them.

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