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    The Longest Sixty Hours of The Mumbai Mayhem

    |By Col NN Bhatia (Retd)| When heaven sends down calamities there is a hope of weathering them, but when man brings them upon himself there is no hope of escape. – A Chinese saying.  At about 0800 hrs on 29 Nov 2008 after 60 long frightening an...

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    Afghanistan – not Modi – is key to future relations between India and Pakistan

    By Wali Aslam |  The Conversation The Indian election has been afforded much publicity in the Western media. A record 814 million eligible voters have been expressing their choices in a poll taking place in nine phases. Voting began on April 7 and is...

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    Kashmir’s battle with drug addiction – A growing menace

    By Adfar Shah and Mir Aijaz Post-turmoil drug addiction in Kashmir is a new threat for the youth in the Valley. Lack of focused post conflict healthcare services and increased proliferation of drugs in turbulent times has only exacerbated the problem...

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    Mica mining: Cosmetic giants riding on children’s backs In India

    |By Sanjay Pandey| As the sun crawls up the sky in Koderma, abandoned mica mines start shimmering in its reflection. Driven by hunger pangs, a group of sleepy children from a neighbouring village trudges towards the Charki mines, holding mining tools...

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    Peace with Pakistan?

    [By Shashi Tharoor] NEW DELHI – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise visit to Lahore, Pakistan, on Christmas Day brought his hyperkinetic year of global diplomacy to a headline-grabbing close. It also raised serious questions about the dire...

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    Insuring nuclear suppliers using Indian tax payers’ money – how nationalist is diluting liability, Mr. PM?

    |By Kumar Sundaram|Dianuke| On the eve of India’s Republic Day, the Modi government has announced that it will arm-twist the public-owned General Insurance Company(GIC) to provide insurance cover for the nuclear suppliers. Though the exact details ar...

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    All They Wanted Was A Martyrdom Of Valour, Not Of Senseless Tragedy

    By Simran Brar The final journey begins for lives lost in vain; the wreath is laid with full guard of honour for Lt. Commander Kapish Muwal and Lt. Manoranjan Kumar I sat by the TV a couple of days ago, as news channels confirmed the demise of 26-yea...

  • Participants in the 6th BRICS summit, heads of state and government: Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, President of Brazil Dilma Rouseff, President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping and President of South Africa Jacob Zuma.| Photo: Kremlin.ru

    Taking the BRICS Seriously

    [By Shashi Tharoor] BEIJING – Sailing down the Moscow River on a cool evening earlier this month, I found myself in intense conversation with the chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Chinese National People’s Congress (NPC). Meanwhile, South...

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    Indian Prisoners Of War Holed Till Death In Pakistan

    |By Col NN Bhatia (Retd)| Capturing prisoners of war (POW) is as old as man kind and warfare.  In the earliest history, men captured used to be either slaughtered or made slaves. The captured women and children were more likely to be spared but many ...

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She Is The Ideal Role Model ‘Veer Nari’ – Bimla Devi

[By Col NN Bhatia (Retd)] Dwarhat though a non-descript small town along the serpentine road, amidst cedar and pine trees, is a heart-captivating destination in the Kumaon hills with numerous ancient temples and mind blowing sightseeing tourist destinations to explore, relax and rejuvenate and the newly constructed Kumaon Public School for the service personnel’s children. It is also the recruiting ...

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Two Iconic Five Star Marshals of The Indian Armed Forces

|By Col NN Bhatia (Retd)| We have had three five star Marshals- late Field Marshal KM Cariappa known as an  Officer and a Gentleman, late  Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw famous for  soldiering with dignity and Arjan Singh  the first and the only officer to have been elevated to Marshal of the Indian Air Force who died on Saturday, 16 September 2017. I have had no interaction with the ...

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Why India’s persecuted tribes are marking their alternative independence day

[By Sarah Gandee] In the minutes before the clock struck midnight on August 14-15 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India, made a now-hallowed speech to the nation on the eve of its independence: Long years ago, we made a tryst with destiny … At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake ...

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Gujarati vigilante violence on Dalits sparks protest

[By Mari Marcel Thekaekara | New Internationalist] In India, Dalits are killed over and over again. Every single day. Beaten, tortured, murdered, raped, stripped and paraded naked through the streets of their villages and towns, forced to drink urine, eat human excreta, humiliated in the most inhuman ways every single day in India. And with total impunity in most cases. These ...

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India’s Antiquated Penal Code

[By Shashi Tharoor] NEW DELHI – A number of seemingly unrelated controversies in India actually have one important element in common: They all relate to criminal offenses codified by India’s British imperial rulers in the mid-nineteenth century that India has proved unable or unwilling to outgrow. The problematic features of the British-drafted Indian Penal Code include the prohibition of “sedition,” ...

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Peace with Pakistan?

[By Shashi Tharoor] NEW DELHI – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise visit to Lahore, Pakistan, on Christmas Day brought his hyperkinetic year of global diplomacy to a headline-grabbing close. It also raised serious questions about the direction of the highly fraught relationship between the two nuclear-armed neighbors. Since Modi took office in May 2014, India-Pakistan relations have experienced more ups ...

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Signing of Surrender Document on 16 December 1971 | Lt. General A. A. Niazi of the Pakistan Army signs the instrument of surrender as Lt. General J. S. Arora looks on

Commemorating the War of 1971: Vijay Diwas

Vijay Diwas (Victory Day) is commemorated every year on 16th December in India as it marks its military victory over Pakistan in 1971 during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. The end of the war resulted in the unilateral surrender of the Pakistan Army and subsequent secession of East Pakistan into Bangladesh. This day, however, does not merely mark the celebration of ...

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Why India and Pakistan met in Bangkok

A successful meeting in Bangkok between National Security Advisers of India and Pakistan has paved the way for Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue between the two countries. [By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi: Happymon Jacob has done for years what National Security Adviser Ajit Kumar Doval, his counterpart in Pakistan Nasir Janjua and Indian and Pakistan Foreign Secretaries S Jaishankar and Aizaz Ahmad ...

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Child brides: every two seconds

The United Nations calls child marriage a ‘violation’. Yet, despite its near total worldwide illegality, it continues to thrive in many areas of the developing world, writes Kevin Childs | New Internationalist Recently, an interesting hashtag has been trending on Twitter. #TheStrengthToSayNo campaign is a joint initiative between Penguin Books and BetterIndia.com, and is inspired by the life story of ...

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Toilet talk: meeting one of the world’s grand challenges with innovation

[Karl Linden] How is it possible that 2.4 billion people lack access to improved sanitation facilities in 2015? While many westerners use their bathroom time as “me time,“ 40% of the world’s population may be pooping outdoors, in an unsanitary latrine, or in a plastic bag and launching flying toilets to dispose of their waste. The environmental impact of the ...

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