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An English teacher in the UK asked over 60 teenage students to draft a suicide note for homework as part of a module on Sh
The last thing the 13-year-old Arbaz Nabilal Attar wanted before ending his life were new textbooks and school uniform.
A 26-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in Ulhasnagar township in Thane after a tiff with his ex-
One more debt-ridden farmer allegedly committed suicide in Madhya Pradesh, taking the number of cultivator deaths in the s
A German national working as a contractual professor in JNU threatened to commit suicide allegedly after his services were
A 27-year-old Ph.D scholar allegedly committed suicide today at the Nalanda apartment in IIT-Delhi.
The Delhi High Court today rejected a plea filed by a group of lawyers for lodging an FIR on the allegations made in a pur
The medical examiner from Wayne County has confirmed Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell committed suicide by hanging.
An IAS officer was found dead under mysterious circumstances on the roadside in Lucknow's Hazratganj area on Wednesday mor
In a shocking incident, an Army jawan committed suicide at Uniform Force Headquarters here, late last night.
Sudhir Kakar on the large number of reported suicides following two recent deaths Michael Jackson in June from an overdose of drugs and Andhra Pradesh chief minister YSR Reddy this month in a helicopter crash:
Suicide, on the death of a leader, has been sanctioned in many cultures. In Japan, for instance, hara-kiri, with its 1,000-year-old history, though now officially forbidden, has been an honourable way of expressing grief over the loss of a superior. In some Brazilian tribes, it was customary upon the death of a chief for his retainers to kill themselves so that their souls might serve him in the spirit world. Nearer to YSR's home state, the Avippoli form of suicide in Tamil culture, in which warriors killed themselves on learning that their commander or king had died, is said to be deeply embedded in the Tamil psyche. Suicides after the death of a leader, especially one who had become a folk hero, are thus not only a pathological form of mourning as psychoanalysis would have it, but also need a social and cultural gloss for their fuller understanding.
Read the full piece at the Times of India: Following The Leader, In This World And After