Editorial

With the biggest ‘festival of democracy’ in the world underway, the May issue of Aura arrives at a time of great political debate and discussion. The 2024 Lok Sabha elections began on 19th April, with the first phase of voting in 100+ seats, including Tamil Nadu,...

What is the value of a vote ?

It is well-known that at the time of India’s independence, there was a great deal of scepticism over whether a newly independent country, mostly illiterate and bogged down with immense poverty, could successfully execute the practicalities of universal adult...

Gaza Mom : Unfiltered Perspectives

The now calls for a Gaza read more than ever. ‘Gaza Mom’: Palestine, Politics, Parenting, and Everything In Between, initially published in 2010, offers a detailed view into the lived experiences of Laila El-Haddad. This compilation comprises El-Haddad’s blog entries...

A Book That Makes Us Revive The Journey of A Man

Road to Makkah, written by Muhammad Asad, is more than an autobiography. Among all the other autobiographies, this one was deeper & so well described that it made the readers feel like they were in the book. The book is not all about a person’s travelling, but it...

Haleema Beevi : The quest to regain remembrance

Ask about the Muslim reformation in Kerala, and the first name you get will be that of Vakkom Abdul Qader Moulavi, a genius known for his contributions to religious reform as well as political thought and media in the early 20th century. Ask about Muslim women’s...

Minimal Muhammad

In a bustling city named Greenville, two curious little kids, Sulaiman and Khadija, enjoy their day in a park with their parents. They love animals and admire nature very much. While playing, they suddenly saw a dog eating a plastic bag with some cream. They gave the...

The one who is watching you all the time

Hadi picks up the cricket bat, “I’m going to play mama.” Mama: Dear, come back at Asr time and pray after that. I have a meeting; I am attending the meeting. Hadi: Ok mama. Hadi quickly went to the field and played cricket with his friends until Asr. When he heard the...

Brave Hearts : Conquer All !

In the heart of the vast Amazon forest, renowned as the Earth’s lungs, there once dwelled a tiny daisy flower seed named Alex. Unlike any other seed, Alex sparkled with curiosity, exploring every hidden corner of the forest. Once, while exploring, Alex saw some...

Workers Rights in India

Populist discourses on economic development are often unwilling to move past the “development from above” paradigm. Especially in the run-up to general elections, grandiose government banners, staggering data figures, and impressive reports of how the incumbent...

Book Review

John Holt’s “How Children Learn” is a groundbreaking exploration into the intricacies of childhood education. It offers a rich tapestry of insights and reflections that challenge conventional wisdom about learning. Holt paints a vivid portrait of children’s natural...

The Unspoken Struggles – Embracing Widowhood with Faith

In the quiet hours of the night, when the world sleeps and the stars blink in the vastness of the sky, I find myself wrestling with the reality of being a widow. It’s a label I never imagined wearing, a role I never thought I’d play. But life, in its unpredictable...

Let’s talk about Triangulation

Psychologist & Rational Emotive Cognitive Behaviour Therapistsanarubiana@gmail.com , IG @Sanarubiyana15 & Twitter SRubiyanaTriangulation occurs when someone drags you into conflict with others or pressurises you to take a side on something you’re not involved...

Child Psychology

The study of children’s mental, emotional, and behavioural development from birth to adolescence is known as child psychology. It entails researching how kids develop, learn, and engage with their surroundings and how their environment and genetics affect them. Child...

The Holistic Journey of Self-Discovery

Introduction In the hustle and bustle of modern life, we often find ourselves caught up in the external world—chasing success, accumulating possessions, and seeking validation from others. However, what if the true path to fulfilment lies within? The holistic journey...

Balancing Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism

The author is an early career researcher interested in conflict analysis and keeps track of international politics.She has completed her Masters degree in Defense and Strategic Studies from Central University of Gujarat, India and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism...

India Needs a ‘Romero’ Today!

Fr. Cedric Prakash SJ is a human rights, reconciliation & peace activist/writer.Archbishop Oscar Romero was the personification of the victory of good over evil. On 24 March 1980, he was brutally gunned down whilst celebrating the Eucharist in his native El...