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The Mair Rajputs

The concept of the Raja-Putra, or "son of a king," is mentioned in Vedic literature. British Orientalists however portrayed Rajputs as descendants of foreign invaders and believed that the Agnikula myth was invented to conceal their foreign origin. The idea however was propagated in order to legitimise the imperial rule.  The fluid social structure in early Vedic India allowed a tribe to gain or...

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Concerning the Academic Order

It is perhaps reasonable to critique the advocacy of insincere display of academic freedom by the intellectual elite. The primary concern arouse with the fate of humanities, as the contemporary narrative remains removed from reason. The learned, have become mere puppets of politicians, while centres of higher education turn into encampments for the breeding of an army to outlaw genuine...

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Elizabeth II: The monument of tradition

"Oils and oaths. Orbs and sceptres, Symbol upon symbol. An unfathomable web of arcane mystery and liturgy. Blurring so many lines, no clergyman or historian or lawyer could ever untangle any of it.""-It's crazy.""On the contrary. It's perfectly sane.""Who wants transparency when you can have magic?"Who wants prose when you can have poetry?""Pull away the veil and what are you left with?"An...

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Oscar Wilde’s Preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde's preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray consists of a list of Wilde's aphorisms that deal directly with art, artists, critics, and audience but only obliquely with the novel. They speak to the importance of beauty espoused by the Aesthetic movement. The Aesthetic Movement developed in the last decades of the 19th century. Originating in France with Théophile Gautier, it reflected the...

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Everything About Classics

A classic is a book accepted as being exemplary or noteworthy, for example through an imprimatur such as being listed in a list of great books, or through a reader's personal opinion. It has been observed that a systematic study of literature involves reading classics. It is often forgotten, in these times where universal intellect is rare that reading works of literature is itself an...

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A Defence of Poetry By Percy Bysshe Shelly

Shelley’s “Defence of Poetry” is unusual compared with similarly titled “defences” of poetry. Shelley’s essay contains no rules for poetry or aesthetic judgments of his contemporaries. Instead, Shelley’s philosophical assumptions about poets and poetry can be read as a sort of primer for the Romantic movement in general. In this essay, written a year before his death, Shelley addresses “The Four...

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The Dream Of Rood

The Dream of the Rood is one of the Christian poems in the corpus of Old English Literature and an example of the genre of dream poetry. Like most Old English poetry, it is written in alliterative verse.  Preserved in the 10th-century Vercelli Book, the poem may be as old as the 8th-century Ruthwell Cross and is considered one of the oldest works of Old English Literature. The poem is set up...

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