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Powerless Women in Power?

|By Naomi Wolf| NEW YORK – Are women political leaders finally coming into their own? Are they not only winning more elections, but also finally able to campaign and govern with no more – or less – scrutiny, scandal, and mockery than their males peers? In the United States, Hillary Clinton is preparing for her second run for the presidency, ...

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Thinking back to Gandhi amongst brute force and umbrellas

|By Lisa Regan, University of Liverpool|The Conversation| In this age of the rule of brute force, it is almost impossible for anyone to believe that anyone else could possibly reject the law of the final supremacy of brute force. So wrote Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in 1920. He might well have been writing today as Britain joins the US in air-strikes ...

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I will repay this debt by building a nation of your dreams - Modi at Madison

Will Modi’s promise retrieve Indian talent?

|By Narendra Kaushik| New Delhi: On Sunday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked around 1.8 million Indian expats in Madison Square Garden, New York, to draw inspiration from ‘Pravasi Bharatiya’ Mahatma Gandhi and return to India to pay their debt to motherland, he was not just talking in air. Modi was rather giving expression to an issue which has greatly ...

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Pre-poll divorces to add zing to Maharashtra Elections

|By Narendra Kaushik| Vidarbha, the perennially parched eastern region of Maharashtra which finds a mention every time the media writes on farmer suicides, is definitely a place where Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be celebrating its separation from Shiv Sena. With Sena, the diehard proponent of united Maharashtra, gone out of Mahayuti, the coalition of BJP and three other small ...

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Circling the red planet. Nesnad, CC BY

Billion people hold their breath as India becomes the first Asian country to reach Mars

|By John Bridges|The Conversation| Mars has become the destination of choice for ambitious space agencies and nations. Now India is among that group. It will soon begin to photograph the planet’s surface and analyse the atmospheric composition. As a member of two previous missions to Mars, I understand the excitement and challenges of landing, or in the case of Mangalyaan, ...

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Consent-themed underwear here to fight objectification

|By Sanjay Pandey| Underwear with slogans may seem cute, fun and flirty but with the right slogans, they can be used as a tool to fight against the culture of rape and unfair objectification of the fairer sex. Meet Amulya Sanagavarapu, a 22-year-old Canadian-Indian who aims to change people’s perception of sex through her new line of consent-themed underwear.

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Jadavpur University: Apolitical student uprising Vs “Didigiri”

|By Sanjay Pandey| KOLKATA: It started out as Jadavpur students versus Vice-Chancellor tussle last Tuesday night. While she should have acted on the students’ complaint against police atrocities and VC Arijit Mukherjee’s high-handedness in handling the issue, Didi instead, directed Trinamool Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) to organize a counter rally that claimed to seek justice for “the molestation victim girl” who ...

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America’s Never-Ending War

|By Brahma Chellaney| NEW DELHI – It is official: US President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Barack Obama is at war again. After toppling Libyan ruler Muammar el-Qaddafi and bombing targets in Somalia and Yemen, Obama has initiated airstrikes in northern Iraq, effectively declaring war on the Islamic State – a decision that will involve infringing on the sovereign, if ...

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Alibaba IPO smashes records | Photo: Leighklotz, Creative Commons

Emotions fuel Alibaba’s historic IPO

|By David Glance|The Conversation| The story of Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba has become almost as magical as the original Arabian story that gave it its name. It has become compelling because of the dazzling success of its public listing on the New York Stock Exchange last Friday. Alibaba’s shares opened at $92.70, already some 27% above their listing price of ...

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Scotland gave the whole UK shortbread – and a constitutional headache.  | Photo: The Foodie Gift Hunter

Great British break off averted, but can a new deal for the UK really be cooked up like this?

|By Mark Elliott |The Conversation| An article of faith in the Scottish independence debate has – quite rightly – been that it was for Scotland, and only Scotland, to decide whether it should remain part of the UK. But it is equally clear, now that Scotland has rejected independence, that a broader debate is necessary. That debate will reverberate throughout ...

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